If you want the latest on ethics straight from the White House, check out # robertmfox on Twitter on Wednesday.
The man behind the hashtag, the Rev. Bob Fox of Faith Baptist Church in Georgetown, will be tweeting from a half-day conference on ethics at the White House.
The White House encouraged the 60 Baptist preachers attending the conference to post on Twitter during and after the event, said Robert Parham, executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics, which helped identify pastors to participate. The center is an autonomous, Nashville-based non-profit that provides ethics resources for a variety of Baptist churches around the country.
Parham worked with Ricky Creech, executive director and minister of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention, to arrange the White House conference. The idea was created nine months ago at a screening of the immigration documentary Gospel Without Borders in Washington, D.C.
The White House Office of Public Engagement has worked with many faith-based organizations "to promote strong communities and serve the common good," said White House spokeswoman Joanna Rosholm. "We look forward to continuing that dialogue with the Baptist pastors," she said.
The representatives at Wednesday's meeting "include a diverse range in terms of gender, generation and geography," Parham said. The group is expected to touch on social justice issues including immigration, payday lending, global poverty, tax justice and racism, he said.
Fox, who leads a congregation of about 600, said the conference offers a chance to see the White House and "meet face to face people who have an awful lot of influence in society."
He said he knows that "I am going to have a very short period of time" to make a point and joked, "there are going to be a whole lot of minister types and there is not going to be a whole lot of oxygen in the room."
He said he is especially interested in discussions about human trafficking and the separation of church and state.
Fox, who has filled out the paperwork to be cleared by security for the visit, has been told that the group will meet with high-level representatives, but they haven't been named. The White House's official Web site doesn't list any public events for President Barack Obama that day.