UPDATED AT 5 P.M.: Obama speaks on religious faith, societal change in St. Louis

Saturday, July 5, 2008 | 5:02 p.m. CDT; updated 1:46 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

ST. LOUIS — Barack Obama celebrated “active faith” as an obligation of religious Americans and a chief agent of societal change on Saturday. He spoke to a nearly all-black roomful of churchgoers but hoped to reach far beyond them.