The Common Good

San Diego Union Tribune

San Diego Union Tribune Press Items
The small church pastor wondered why he was among the seven other faith leaders. Included was the powerful president of the National Association of Evangelicals, the CEO of Sojourners, the head of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
The group, members of the Evangelical Immigration Table, sent letters to Congress urging the legislative body to support a bill that reflects biblical principals as part of its “Pray for Reform” campaign. Those principals include family unity, secure national borders, fairness to taxpayers and a path toward earned citizenship.
[Father Richard] Rohr, a popular writer and Franciscan priest who founded a contemplative center in New Mexico, will help lead a special forum on social justice Jan. 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – at the University of San Diego. He will be joined by Brian D. McLaren, another well-known author and social justice advocate, who chairs the board of the Washington, D.C.-based Sojourners movement.
Election year 2008 isn't going unnoticed by publishers. Among the cascade of politics books coming out early next year are two by familiar faith-based authors Randall Balmer and Jim Wallis. Wallis, founder of Sojourners, a liberal Christian network based in Washington, D.C., talks about an emerging spiritual commitment toward social justice issues in “The Great Awakening.” He declares: “the era of the Religious Right is now past, and it's up to all of us to create a new day.”
"The Elvis and Billy analogy is too easy. I think more in terms of Martin and Billy – King and Graham," says Jim Wallis, publisher of Sojourners magazine. An "evangelical committed to social justice," as he calls himself, Wallis was one of five prominent religious leaders who presented Tony Blair with a six-point alternative to war shortly before the conflict began.