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Role of faith-based groups is topic, Sept. 26

"The Role of Faith-Based Initiatives in Community Development" is the topic of a lecture by the Rev. Herbert Lusk II, a Philadelphia pastor and an adviser to President Bush, set for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Lusk has been senior pastor of the Greater Exodus Baptist Church in Philadelphia since 1982. The church provides food to 1,000 families annually, oversees substance abuse counseling, runs a ministry for people in prison and operates a mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents.

Lusk has emerged as a leader in the faith-based movement, serving as an adviser to Bush and championing the role that faith-based organizations play in leading community revitalization efforts.
A former professional football player for the Philadelphia Eagles, Lusk was known as the "Praying Tailback " for his customary kneeling and praying in the end zone after each touchdown.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for the Study of Religion as part of the lecture series "The Crossroads of Religion and Politics."

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