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(RNS) They are friends and friendly critics, political outsiders and usual suspects; among them, the first clergywoman, the first Hispanic evangelical Christian, and the first prosperity gospel preachers to speak at a presidential inauguration.

And though Trump himself identifies as a Presbyterian, there’s nary a mainline Protestant Christian in sight.

They are the six clergy members President-elect Donald Trump has invited to offer prayers and Scripture readings at his swearing-in on Friday (Jan. 20) in Washington, D.C.

That’s many more clergy than have participated in past presidential inaugurations, but the numbers allow Trump to cover many bases. Even the critics among them have something in common with the president-elect, be it a theology that supports wealth, shared political views or even just geography.

Here’s a look at the six clergy members who will participate in Trump’s inauguration and what their inclusion says about the incoming president.


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