Secretary of State John Kerry made the announcement Wednesday.
“I’m very proud today to announce the creation of the Office of Faith-based Community Initiatives here at the State Department. Its mission is as clear as it is compelling. It is to engage more closely with faith communities around the world with the belief that we need to partner with them to solve global challenges,” Kerry said.
The office will also work with faith communities to make sure their voices are heard in the foreign policy process.
Kerry has appointed Shaun Casey, a professor at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. to head the new office.