WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (RNS) -- More than two years after starting to meet with hisspiritual advisers, President Clinton has decided to continue thepractice when his term ends.

The Rev. Tony Campolo, one of the three clerics who have metregularly with Clinton, said the president wants to keep the meetingsgoing.

"He has indicated that he will continue this relationship," Campolotold Religion News Service on Friday. "He expects that, beingrelieved of the presidency, he will be able to give even more attentionto ... these matters so he is looking for spiritual counsel especiallyas he defines the future of his life."

The Rev. J. Philip Wogaman, another spiritual adviser and seniorminister at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, confirmed thepresident's plans.

"The three of us will have a continuing relationship with thepresident," he said after the three met with Clinton on Friday.

Campolo is encouraged that the meetings with the president will beongoing.

"It's a further indication of his desire to understand his life andbehavior in spiritual terms," he said.

In September 1998, Clinton confessed to religious leaders attendinga White House breakfast that he had "sinned" in his sexual relationshipwith former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and announced he would be"seeking pastoral support." Clinton was impeached as a result of thescandal and narrowly escaped being removed from office.

Since the 1998 breakfast, he has met individually and in a groupwith Campolo, an evangelical leader based in St. Davids, Pa.; Wogaman;and the Rev. Gordon MacDonald, a writer and speaker based in Canterbury,N.H. Clinton is a Southern Baptist, but he has attended Wogaman's churchduring his presidency with first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, a UnitedMethodist.

Campolo, president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotionof Education, said Clinton has generally met with at least one of themon a weekly basis and met with all three on Friday "because he's comingto the end of the administration."

Wogaman said post-presidential meetings with Clinton won't followexactly the same pattern they did when he inhabited the White House, butsaid "it's going to be significant."

MacDonald could not be reached for comment.

Throughout the second half of his second term, Clinton has juggledhis appointments with the spiritual advisers as he attends to majorworld concerns, such as his current efforts to achieve a Mideast peaceagreement.

"He's nevertheless carving out the time -- usually an hour and ahalf -- to be with us, even in the midst of a very pressured schedule,given the peace-talk situation," said Campolo.

Wogaman also affirmed Clinton's commitment to the meetings.

"He really has kept faith with this thing throughout a very longtime," Wogaman said.

When Clinton was not able to meet with them in person, such as whenhe traveled abroad, they "maintained close communication," Wogamanadded.

Campolo described the discussions as "earnest" but not"confrontational."

"Every time we get together, we do so in the context of deep prayerand self-searching and biblical study," Campolo said.

Neither Campolo or Wogaman would speak of the details of theirmeetings with Clinton, but Campolo said they address various aspects ofthe president's life.

"We are concerned about the whole person and his whole life and notjust a segment," said Campolo. "We contend that what goes on in one areaof life impacts all areas of life."

As the meetings have continued, Campolo said, so did criticism andpraise from those who have contacted him and the other advisers.

He said some Christians -- both Republicans and Democrats -- havebeen critical of the gatherings.

"Very often political attitudes have taken precedence over thebeliefs about grace and forgiveness that are at the core of theChristian community," said Campolo. "Politics has highly influenced thecriticism."

But he added that all three regularly receive encouragement as well,from letter writers saying they are praying for their ministry withClinton.

"These go from farmers on the plains of Iowa to the archbishop ofCanterbury," Campolo said.

Wogaman said he's been struck by the president's intelligence andhow easy it is to talk with Clinton.

"It's been very interesting," Wogaman said of the meetings ingeneral. "Quite apart from him being president of the United States,he's good company."

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