With Easter Approaching, Pastor Waits on Word from the White House
Updated 2:27 p.m.
By Hamil R. Harris
Despite media reports that President Obama and the first family plan to worship this Easter Sunday at his church, the pastor of the 19th Street Baptist Church is still waiting by the phone.
"We have not heard anything from the White House," said Rev. Derek Harkins, pastor of the 19th Street Baptist Church, where the first family worshiped the Sunday before Obama was inaugurated.
Since then, the Obamas have not attended Sunday services in the District even though, upon their arrival in the city, many churches extended the welcome mat to the Obamas.
That may in part be due to the fact that the president and his family have spent many of their weekends since January 20 outside of the city, at Camp David and elsewhere.
But Obama also has kept his distance from any church, except for official events, since he left the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago following the Jeremiah Wright controversy.
Regardless of whether the Obamas come or not, Harkins said his Easter message will be the same. "Easter is an occasion when the message is the same regardless of who is in the pews."
A White House aide said no church has been selected.
Posted at 2:09 PM ET on Apr 9, 2009
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