WASHINGTON (AP) - The president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), will deliver the sermon at the National Prayer Service that caps the inaugural activities of Barack Obama.
The Rev. Sharon Watkins will be the first woman to give the sermon at the traditional event, to be held Jan. 21 at the National Cathedral in Washington.
In a statement from the Presidential Inaugural Committee, Watkins called her selection an honor.
The 700,000-member denomination she heads says its founding ideals are "unity in Christ with openness and diversity in practice and belief."
The National Prayer Service will include prayers, readings and hymns delivered by religious leaders of a variety of faiths.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.