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Paul Montero, Deputy Director of Religious Affairs for the White House Office of Public Liason, spoke at the Foundry United Methodist Church Sunday where he used a passage from the Gospel of Matthew to challenge young people to be part of President Barack Obama's call to serve their communities.

"Let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise their Father in heaven," Montero said, adding: "Service is something that flows from our values but it also serves as something to give God praise and I would be remiss if I didnt say that a month ago the president was happy to sign the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act."

President Obama, Vice-President Joseph Biden, former president Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Colin Powell joined Kennedy at the SEED School in Northeast Washington earlier this year for the bill signing, which also attracted members of Congress and students who attend the District boarding school where service as well as academics are stressed.

Montero said that the president has called for young people to consider joining AmeriCorps or another youth service organization. Foundry pastor Rev. Dean Snyder said when young people get involved in service they do better in many aspects of lives. "Our kids talk about how working in Applachia and being part of those kinds of effots transform their values and experiences."

By Hamil Harris  |  June 7, 2009; 6:02 PM ET
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