The Common Good

Media Advisories and Press Releases

"Budgets are moral documents revealing our deepest values, not just our fiscal priorities. As an evangelical Christian, my primary concern with any budget proposal is how it treats those whom Jesus called "the least of these." ​In offering a budget that focuses on expanding economic opportunity for working people, strengthening tax credits for low-income families, and investing in our nation's infrastructure to benefit all of us, President Obama has demonstrated his commitment to the common good. There are many good ideas here that - by any measure - truly will help vulnerable people and deserve the support of leaders from both parties. The moral test of any budget will always be its practical effects on people’s lives, not ideological purity. Both parties should work together to protect people on the edges of our society and help families to lift themselves out of poverty by making sure there are real ladders of opportunity."
Our broken immigration system has created a moral crisis that must be urgently addressed.
"Opportunity. There might not be a more American word than “opportunity.” But it has never come easily or without struggle. We live in a time when the dreams of so many are slipping away and inequality has become, as President Obama has stated, the "defining challenge of our time."
Washington, D.C., January 27, 2014 –Leaders of the Circle of Protection, a group of Christian leaders from various denominations and organizations, are urging Congress to extend federal emergency unemployment benefits as it resumes its sessions today. “With 10.4 million people unemployed and three job seekers for every job opening, a moral obligation exists to help protect the life and dignity of unemployed workers and their families,” Christian leaders wrote members of Congress. “Just days after Christmas, 1.3 million unemployed workers were cut off from emergency unemployment assistance. It is time to correct this wrong.”
Washington, D.C. December 13, 2013 – Sojourners magazine received the first-place Folio Award in the largest and most inclusive magazine competition in the country. Sojourners was honored with the Gold “Eddie Award” for Religious/Spiritual Magazine. “From its beginning 40 years ago, Sojourners was never just a magazine,” said editor Jim Rice. “We’ve always seen ourselves as a vehicle for social change, a tool for activism. At the same time, even with our deepest mission in mind, we’ve sought the highest levels of journalistic excellence, bringing a faith perspective to bear on social and political issues of our day. So it’s especially gratifying to be honored in the most prestigious magazine competition there is.”
In response to the passing of Nelson Mandela, Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners, issued the following statement.
Growing income inequality threatens the core of who we are as a nation. A society where a few people have a lot and most people don’t have enough is a society that has forgotten the basic biblical teachings about economic justice. These debates are never just about economic policy, but about our deepest values and priorities.
In a direct challenge to Rep. Steve King (R) of Iowa and those who share his views, Sojourners President Rev. Jim Wallis called racism a major contributing factor in some conservatives’ opposition to immigration reform, while lauding Republicans who have stood up for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States. Sojourners has launched a cable news ad campaign on the Christian Broadcasting Network in Rep. King’s district with a stereotype-shattering ad that documents the story of an undocumented pastor.
At the end of a year that exposed the racial tension that still exists both in the United States and the church, Sojourners is releasing the One Church | One Body pledge signed by over 75 faith leaders from across the country. The One Church | One Body pledge is a nationwide call for churches and faith leaders to be the multiracial and multiethnic body of Christ that they were created to be.
WASHINGTON – Ahead of expected key Congressional votes on a deal to fund the government, clergy and religious leaders will gather tomorrow on the steps of the U.S. Capitol for a sunrise service of prayer and scripture as a part of the continuing “Faithful Filibuster.” Organizations represented in Wednesday’s sunrise service include the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Sojourners and the Salvation Army. A representative from the National Association of Evangelicals is also expected to take part in the service.
WASHINGTON – Clergy and religious leaders will gather across from the U.S. Capitol tomorrow to read the more than 2,000 verses of Scripture charging humanity to care for hungry and poor people. This “Faithful Filibuster,” which will include leaders from the National Association of Evangelicals, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bread for the World and Sojourners, will begin at 2 p.m. EST on Oct. 9 and will continue at the beginning of each day’s session of Congress.
WASHINGTON, DC-- After a summer that exposed the racial tension that exists in America and the church, Sojourners will host a special screening and discussion of the upcoming film 12 Years a Slave on Wednesday, October 9, at 6pm at the Regal Cinemas Gallery Place theater.
Washington, DC, September 30, 2013 – On the eve of a possible shutdown of the U.S. government, religious leaders denounced the political brinkmanship prevailing in Congress today. “Shutting down the government will do real damage,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, speaking at a press conference today. “Risking our nation’s creditworthiness will do even more damage. Most clearly, the disruption and uncertainty will put the brakes on our economy.”
Christian leaders today urged members of the House of Representatives to oppose measures that would cut SNAP (the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) by nearly $40 billion over the next 10 years, which would hurt the most vulnerable, including seniors, children, and the working poor.
“We applaud the President’s decision to pursue the new international opportunity to remove Assad’s chemical weapons and postpone military strikes. As religious leaders we are committed to the harder and more imaginative work of peacemaking, rather than falling into the old habits of war; and to focus on the priority of millions of Syrian refugees and millions more in jeopardy within the country.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. —It first appeared that U.S. military strikes on Syria seemed like a forgone conclusion. But as opposition to U.S. military involvement in Syria grows, faith leaders have begun speaking out and providing the President a diplomatic off-ramp for air strikes.
Huffington Post 09/06/2013
When a head of state is responsible for the deaths of 100,000 of his people and has used chemical weapons against innocent civilians -- the world needs to respond. In one massive attack, the evidence appears to show that 1,429 people, including 400 children, suffered horrible deaths from chemical weapons banned by the international community. That is a profound moral crisis that requires an equivalent moral response. Doing nothing is not an option. But how should we respond, and what are moral principles for that response?
Local Pastors Join Effort in More Than 50 Key Districts as Members of Congress Hear from Constituents
Today, on the eve of a critical August recess for immigration reform, over 300 evangelical leaders from across the nation made the pilgrimage to Capitol Hill to pray and urge congressional leaders in both parties to come to agreement and pass immigration reform that respects the rule of law, keeps families together and is compassionate.
As the House considers its next steps on immigration reform, hundreds of evangelicals and evangelical leaders from across the country will mobilize on Capitol Hill Wednesday to urge action. As a capstone to the Pray for Reform campaign, participants will bring their prayers for lawmakers and for broad immigration reform directly to congressional offices.