The Obamas Find a Church Home — Away from Home

After a five-month search for a church home, the Obamas choose Evergreen Chapel at Camp David, the same one the Bushes attended

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George W. Bush and family worshiping at Camp David church.

For the past five months, White House aides and friends of the Obamas have been quietly visiting local churches and vetting the sermons of prospective first ministers in a search for a new — and uncontroversial — church home. Obama has even sampled a few himself, attending services at 19th Street Baptist on the weekend before his inauguration and celebrating Easter at St. John's Episcopal Church.

Now, in an unexpected move, Obama has told White House aides that instead of joining a congregation in Washington, D.C., he will follow in George W. Bush's footsteps and make his...