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Bush asks Americans for 2 years volunteer service

President Bush's State of the Union address has received widespread media coverage. While in its general context it has implications for the mission of the Church in the world, the religious media has been looking for some indication that the "social issues" have not been pushed entirely off the agenda. Perhaps one of the most radical proposals for the whole ethos of Christianity has been his call for Americans to spend two years doing volunteer work. "My call is for every American to commit at least two years -- four thousand hours over the rest of your lifetime -- to the service of your neighbours and nation. Through the gathering momentum of millions of acts of service and decency and kindness, I know: We can overcome evil with greater good," Bush said.