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Posted byon April 14, 2014 at 2:24 PM EDT
In the East Room of the White House, President Obama hosts an annual prayer breakfast to mark the beginning of Holy Week.
Posted byon February 6, 2014 at 1:08 PM EDT
During his remarks at this year's National Prayer Breakfast, the President focused on the importance of freedom of religion -– not only in America, but also around the world.
Posted byon January 16, 2014 at 1:03 PM EDT
Today is Religious Freedom Day, marking the anniversary of the passage of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, which ultimately provided the inspiration and framework of the First Amendment’s religion clauses.
Posted byon January 8, 2014 at 7:15 PM EDT
Over the past 50 years, federal programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Headstart and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have played a critical role in the national effort to fight poverty.
Posted byon December 17, 2013 at 4:03 PM EDT
The story of Washington, IL, and Bethany Community Church following Hurricane Katrina is a reminder of the care and compassion that faith-based organizations can provide all survivors in times of disaster. Their story reinforces the power of a whole community, “survivor centric” approach and the important role and responsibility of faith leaders in preparing their communities before disasters strike.
Posted byon December 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM EDT
On Thursday, December 5, the President and Mrs. Obama welcomed members of the American Jewish community to the White House to celebrate Hanukkah.
Posted byon December 5, 2013 at 11:45 AM EDT
In honor of the Festival of Lights that is currently in progress, here is a gallery of Presidential Hanukkah celebrations and menorahs from the holdings of the Presidential Libraries of the National Archives.
Posted byon November 4, 2013 at 6:36 PM EDT
Tomorrow, the White House will celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, for the fifth time since President Obama took office. This year, First Lady Michelle Obama will provide remarks and light the diya, or lamp.
Posted byon November 1, 2013 at 5:39 PM EDT
With the Summer Food Service Program, USDA subsidizes nutritious summer lunches for students who need them and works with community partners to deliver those meals.
Posted byon September 18, 2013 at 2:34 PM EDT
Last year, President Obama articulated an ambitious and multifaceted agenda to combat human trafficking in his speech at the Clinton Global Initiative. This week, the Administration took two important steps to advance that agenda.