The Common Good

Media Advisories and Press Releases

Sojourners 04/30/2008
Over 10,000 people participated and 40 churches unified across denominational, political, racial and socio-economic divides to support the first Justice Revival convened by Sojourners, an international social justice ministry.
Sojourners 03/18/2008
Jim Wallis, progressive evangelical leader, author of The Great Awakening and founder of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States, wrote in his blog in response to controversial statements from Pastor Jeremiah Wright's of Trinity Church in Chicago.
Sojourners 03/07/2008
Sojourners joined the Center for American Progress Action Fund, and Faith and Public Life in conducting a post-election poll in Ohio to demonstrate that self-described evangelicals are not an ideologically monolithic voting bloc, and are more diverse in their views than the media assumes.
Sojourners 01/23/2008
This major shift in the evangelical moral agenda was echoed by a panel of seven leading evangelicals during a live discussion hosted today by Sojourners, Beliefnet and the National Association of Evangelicals in Washington, D.C.
Sojourners 01/16/2008
An interactive panel discussion with evangelical leaders on the significant yet very different role that religion is playing in this presidential election compared to that of 2004.
Sojourners 01/09/2008
Jim Wallis, progressive evangelical leader and founder of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States, today issued commentary on the New Hampshire primary election results on his blog, God's Politics:
Sojourners 11/12/2007
Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Release Report “A House Divided: Why Americans of Faith Are Concerned About Undocumented Immigrants”
SojoNet 10/18/2007
Jim Wallis and Dr. Richard Land set to square off on the upcoming 2008 election and the impact of the evangelical vote in landmark debate.
SojoNet 10/15/2007
Rev. Paul Sadler and noted author and religious leader Jim Wallis will lead hundreds in preaching, praise and worship on eve of a Sunday march and public witness to Vote Out Poverty in Cleveland and across the nation.
SojoNet 10/15/2007
Three Nationally Renowned Speakers and Authors: Jim Wallis, Naomi Tutu, and Richard Rohr speak at weekend conference and engage participants on politics and spirituality
SojoNet 10/15/2007
Hundreds of faithful people expected to join Cleveland church pastors, government and political leaders for a public march and witness on domestic poverty.
SojoNet 10/01/2007
Washington D.C.--(October 1, 2007) Anticipating a veto by President Bush of the SCHIP legislation on Tuesday, congressional leaders from both parties and prominent religious leaders will participate in a press conference to speak to the very conscience of our nation about the need to override the veto in the Senate and the House.
Compassionate conservatism has been on life support for the last several years of this administration. President Bush's threatened veto of SCHIP will officially pronounce it dead.
Washington, DC – (Wednesday, May 16, 2007) Sojourners, the largest national network of progressive Christians, announced today that it will host a candidates forum on faith, values, and poverty on Monday, June 4, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. featuring the three leading Democratic presidential contenders: Senator Hillary Clinton, former Senator John Edwards, and Senator Barack Obama. CNN has joined Sojourners as a media partner and has agreed to broadcast the forum live from the campus of George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Sojourners 05/07/2007
(Washington, DC) – Evangelical Christians from across the ideological spectrum today launched a national grassroots and ad campaign calling for comprehensive immigration reform that is consistent with biblical values. Ads announcing the campaign ran in Roll Call and CongressDaily today to coincide with the launch. Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CCIR) will place ads nationally and locally in newspapers and on the radio, and mobilize at least 200,000 letters, tens of thousands of calls, and hundreds of lobby visits to Members of Congress by the August recess.
(Washington, DC) – Evangelical Christians from across the ideological spectrum will launch a national grassroots and ad campaign calling for comprehensive immigration reform that is consistent with biblical values Monday at 11:30 AM on Capitol Hill. Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform will mobilize at least 200,000 letters, tens of thousands of calls, and hundreds of lobby visits to Members of Congress by the August recess. Ads announcing the campaign will run in Roll Call and CongressDaily on Monday to coincide with the launch.
Washington, D.C. (April 30, 2007): Sojourners magazine, a monthly progressive Christian publication founded in 1971, received 17 awards at the Associated Church Press annual convention last week in Chicago. This is the fourth straight year the magazine has been named the "Best in Class" in the Ecumenical General Interest category. Other Awards of Excellence (first place) included:
Prominent religious leaders and anti-poverty advocates will engage in a panel discussion and town hall forum on poverty and the Philadelphia mayoral race from a faith perspective from 3-5 pm on Sunday, April 29, 2007 at the Church of the Holy Trinity (1904 Walnut Street). This event is presented by Sojourners/Call to Renewal, and is free and open to the public.
Christian Peace Witness for Iraq will begin with a worship service on Friday, March 16 at Washington National Cathedral to be attended by more than 3,500 Christians from 48 states, followed by a candlelight procession through the center of our nation’s capital to the White House, where thousands of Christians will surround the White House bearing the light of peace, and 700 will risk arrest by remaining in prayer in front of the White House. The service begins at 7 p.m., and the White House vigil will begin at 10:30 p.m. It will be the largest Christian peace demonstration, as well as the largest single civil disobedience action at the White House, since the beginning of the Iraq war four years ago.
Washington, D.C. – (Monday, February 26, 2007) A delegation of U.S. religious leaders returning from a week-long trip to Iran held a press conference in Washington, D.C. today to brief reporters on their meetings with the Iranian president and Iranian religious leaders. This is the first religious delegation to meet with an Iranian president in Iran since the revolution in 1979. Their prepared statement can be found below. The 13-person religious delegation, which included Jeff Carr, Chief Operations Officer of Sojourners/Call to Renewal, traveled to Iran to encourage a dialogue in the hope of averting a war. Delegation members discussed with government officials the political situation inside Iran, Iranian foreign policy, and Iran’s nuclear energy program. In the coming weeks, the group will meet with members of the U.S. Congress, informing them of what the delegation heard from leaders in Iran and suggesting ways to begin lessening current tensions. “I am convinced that the only path for a true and lasting peace with justice will require that we find a way to tell our stories and to have our stories heard,” said Carr. “Then we must begin to write a new narrative together, one that comes out of humility, mutual respect, and shared understanding. May God help both our nations and peoples to begin the healing and reconciliation process so we may avoid war and build that lasting peace.”