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What the Candidates Forum Could Have Been

OK. I've got to admit it - being a part of the panel to ask candidates for the presidency of the United States about their faith and moral values was just plain surreal. Kudos to Jim Wallis (and Jack Pannell and the rest of the Sojourners organization) for creating this historic event!
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Joel Hunter: What the Candidates Forum Could Have Been

OK. I've got to admit it - being a part of the panel to ask candidates for the presidency of the United States about their faith and moral values was just plain surreal. Kudos to Jim Wallis (and Jack Pannell and the rest of the Sojourners organization) for creating this historic event!

As I reflected on [...]

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Jim Wallis: Politics Isn't Working

Legislation for comprehensive immigration reform collapsed in the U.S. Senate yesterday as an effort to move to a final vote was defeated, leaving the future in serious doubt. It’s the perfect example of an observation I’ve often made - that most people I talk to around the country think that the political process isn’t working in America; it is failing to resolve the big moral issues of our time.

In this morning’s Washington Post, in

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Video: Vote Out Poverty March and Rally

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Video: Pentecost 2007 Justice Revival!

From day one of the Pentecost 2007: Taking the Vision to the Streets conference - Derek Webb, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, and Jim Wallis call a packed sanctuary at National City Christian Church to take God's concern for the poor seriously and commit to "Vote Out Poverty."

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Erika Fox: Why I'm at Pentecost

Over the course of the past year, especially this semester, I have been thinking a lot about what it means to live out justice and to be an activist. I have been trying to figure out where that fits into my goals and in my life, and whether my impact will be directly helping individuals or working to change social structures.

I feel more called to work directly with people, but I also feel the overwhelming importance of making political and structural changes in order to stop the [...]

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Brian McLaren: Correcting Media Myopia

Many people are happily conservative in their religion and politics.

For them, the dangers of what could happen for the worse are greater than the injustices of what currently is, so their bias is generally against change and toward preserving (conserving) or returning to the way we were, or the way we are.

Many people are happily liberal in their religion and politics. For them, the injustices of what has been and what currently is are so great that it's worth risking the [...]

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Ryan Rodrick Beiler: More on Immigration and Family Values

Katie Barge at Faith in Public Life has done a great job of rounding up comments (including GP's post by Rev. Derrick Harkins) on the religious community's advocacy on behalf of family reunification in the immigration debate. Her comments:

The current immigration deal under [...]

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