You use JSF 1.1 and 3.3.0 requires 1.2
You are absolutely correct. I utilized the class loader viewer on my WebSphere install and saw that it was pulling jsf from the WebSphere jars which, of course, was the 1.1 version. I was changing the class loader policy but not in the correct manner. I found this tech note: http://wiki.apache.org/myfaces/Websphere_Installation
that explained exactly how to change it. I followed these instructions and the error cleared. Thanks.