Methodist scholar to advise John Kerry

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry has chosen a United Methodist scholar to head a new State Department Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives.
The department says Shaun Casey, a professor of Christian Ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, will serve as special advisor to Kerry on religious issues.
Two weeks ago, Kerry told Muslims at a State Department Ramadan dinner that the new office will "try to increase our engagement with faith communities" around the world. The department says that outreach will seek to advance "development objectives" and supplement efforts to promote international religious freedom.
The seminary's website says Casey's research interests include the ethics of war and peace and the role of the Church in fighting global poverty.

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