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Secretive Christian Group at Heart of DC Politics Ready for Its Close-Up in Netflix Docuseries

The Fellowship Foundation did not return an NBC News request for comment, and a publicist linked to the group previously also declined to respond

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    Secretive Christian Group at Heart of DC Politics Ready for Its Close-Up in Netflix Docuseries
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    People listen while President Donald Trump speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton on Feb. 7, 2019, in Washington.

    A secretive organization that has courted political leaders and built international influence while undermining the constitutional division of the church and the state in the process is at the center of a new five-episode documentary series called “The Family.”

    Since 1953, the National Prayer Breakfast has remained a fixture in American politics that has boasted attendance by every president since Dwight D. Eisenhower on the first Thursday of every February. It has been hyped as an opportunity for the political elite of Washington, D.C., and visiting international dignitaries to put aside partisan differences and reflect on a higher purpose, NBC News reports.

    While the annual event is purportedly hosted by members of Congress, it is actually organized and run by an evangelical Christian organization called The Fellowship Foundation, or "The Family," as it is referred to internally by its members.

    The series, which debuts on Netflix on Friday, takes a look at the group that operates with its own higher purpose — quietly building its influence on global politics "in the name of Jesus."

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