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Invisible hands

"Invisible hands" Continued...

Obama would be wise to remember his own words spoken last year when he first unveiled the council: "But no matter how much money we invest or how sensibly we design our policies, the change that Americans are looking for will not come from government alone."

Members of outgoing council

Diane Baillargeon, president and CEO, Seedco, a secular national operating intermediary; New York

Arturo Chavez, president and CEO, Mexican American Cultural Center; San Antonio, Texas

Fred Davie, president, Public/Private Ventures, a secular nonprofit intermediary; New York

Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor, Northland, a Church Distributed; Longwood, Fla.

Vashti M. McKenzie, presiding bishop, 13th Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church; Knoxville, Tenn.

Otis Moss Jr., pastor emeritus, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church; Cleveland, Ohio

Frank S. Page, president emeritus, Southern Baptist Convention; Taylors, S.C.

Eboo S. Patel, founder and executive director, Interfaith Youth Corps; Chicago

Melissa Rogers, director, Wake Forest School of Divinity's Center for Religion and Public Affairs, and expert on church-state issues; Winston-Salem, N.C.

David N. Saperstein, director and counsel, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and noted church-state expert; Washington

William J. Shaw, president, National Baptist Convention, USA; Philadelphia

Larry J. Snyder, president, Catholic Charities USA; Alexandria, Va.

Richard Stearns, president, World Vision; Bellevue, Wash.

Judith N. Vredenburgh, president and CEO, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America; Philadelphia

Jim Wallis, president and executive director, Sojourners; Washington

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee is WORLD's Washington Bureau chief. As a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, he was embedded with a National Guard unit in Iraq. He also once worked in the press office of Sen. Lamar Alexander.

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