The Common Good

Media Advisories and Press Releases

Sojourners/Call to Renewal applauds the recent introduction of two pieces of legislation in the House of Representatives aimed at dramatically reducing abortions in this country. We hope these two bills (the Abortion Reduction Act and the Pregnant Women Support Act) will help deepen the national conversation and lead to concrete action.
The Red Letter Christians, a newly formed group of progressive religious leaders, launched its Voting Our Values campaign with Sojourners/Call to Renewal at the National Press Club yesterday. The Red Letter Christians, who are a mix of evangelical, mainline Protestant, and Catholic leaders, speak in a diverse chorus of voices on the importance of a broader and deeper national conversation on faith and politics.
As electoral campaigns are heating up around the nation, “Values Voters” are under intense scrutiny by the media and political operatives. The Christian Right has often implicitly defined “values voters” as the powerful white evangelical Christian segment of the voting electorate. Yet, among religious voters, even among white evangelicals, there is a growing progressive Christian segment. These religious voters are the other “values voters” who are asking for a different moral agenda, beyond the narrow monologue of the Christian right about gay marriage and abortion. Over 18 months ago, Jim Wallis’ best-selling God’s Politics: Why the Left Doesn’t Get It and the Right Gets it Wrong started the conversation about faith and politics in public life. On the eve of the Christian Right’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, Jim Wallis will introduce the media to the Red Letter Christians, who are progressive religious leaders committed to speaking biblically about a moral agenda that will unite rather than divide Americans.
Los Angeles, CA – September 7, 2006 – Jim Wallis, founder/CEO of Sojourners/Call to Renewal, joined a diverse coalition of religious leaders from PICO L.A. and Clergy United for Economic Justice (CLUE L.A.) in support of Proposition 86 with a simple message: Providing health care to 800,000 of California’s most vulnerable children is a moral and religious imperative. Area faith leaders challenged tobacco companies to stop their $29 million campaign against Proposition 86, and they have launched a faith-based grassroots campaign to inform voters in congregations of the measure’s positive health benefits—especially for children.
This three-day Christian mobilization will convene Democrats and Republicans alike. Low-income families are too often stuck between liberal and conservative arguments; our country needs a new alliance that makes overcoming poverty a nonpartisan cause. Confirmed speakers include: Sens. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Rick Santorum and Sam Brownback. Governor Howard Dean, Chair of the DNC will Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners and author of the bestseller God’s Politics, will be joined by hundreds of grassroots and faith-based anti-poverty church leaders, lay leaders, social service providers, and activists young and old.
More than two dozen national religion leaders will gather next week to make an historic commitment to overcoming poverty.
Nearly 600 faith and lay leaders from across America expected to attend annual Christian mobilization sponsored by Sojourners and Call to Renewal
Rev. Russell Johnson, Founder and Chairman of the Ohio Restoration Project, and Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners and best-selling author of God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets it Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It will participate in a Town Hall conversation. The moderator will be Ohio Public Radio Broadcaster, Bill Cohen. A panel of Ohio-based journalists and broadcasters will also participate in the conversation.
These local and national religious leaders will call for an end to the Religious Right’s monologue surrounding faith and politics and stand up as the progressive religious voice for Christians in Pennsylvania whose faith motivates them to care deeply about issues rooted in moral values, including fighting poverty, advancing environmental justice, promoting a real pro-family agenda and questioning the ethics of war.
“Faith and Politics in America: Two Evangelical Perspectives.” Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners and author of God’s Politics, and Rev. Russell Johnson, Founder and Chairman of the Ohio Restoration Project, will participate in a historic, honest and wide-ranging town hall conversation with Ohio citizens on the moral priorities of our nation.
Sojourners 01/09/2006
More than 1,600 people from across the country are expected to participate in Politics and Spirituality: Seeking a Public Integrity, a sold-out conference that will feature the political, literary, and spiritual gifts of three nationally renowned speakers and authors: Jim Wallis, Anne Lamott, and Father Richard Rohr. The conference is timely for a nation torn and divided by political strife and yet somehow seeking the Beloved Community uplifted by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sojourners 12/21/2005
Statement by Progressive Evangelical Leader, Jim Wallis, on Immoral Budget Narrowly Passed by Senate Today
Sojourners 12/09/2005
"The House, in approving a budget bill last month that cuts food stamps, health care, child care and more, ignored the needs of the poor. Yesterday, it followed the recent pattern of designing a tax bill that foremost benefits the wealthiest. These decisions do not reflect that best of our nation’s priorities."
Sojourners 12/02/2005
Sojourners is alarmed and saddened by the kidnapping of four Christian Peacemaker Teams members - Harmeet Sooden, Jim Loney, Norman Kember, and Tom Fox - in Baghdad on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005. We are afraid for their lives and pray for their speedy release.
Sojourners 11/18/2005
The prophet Isaiah said: "Woe to you legislators of infamous laws" who refuse justice to the unfortunate, who cheat the poor among my people of their rights, who make widows their prey and rob the orphan." Today, I repeat those words. When our legislators put ideology over principle, it is time to sound the trumpets of justice and tell the truth.
Cindy Sheehan, mother of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq, and Sojourners' editor Rose Marie Berger - with 370 antiwar activists from around the country - are in Washington, D.C. this week to take part in a historic trial of those arrested at the White House on September 26, 2005.
Sojourners 11/10/2005
As Christian journalists visiting Jordan, we join people of faith and good will around the world in condemning yesterday's terrorist attacks in Amman. We have observed among the gracious, hospitable people here the same shock and grief many of us in the U.S. experienced following the attacks on our own country on 9-11.
Sojourners 11/03/2005
Following the press conference today near the Senate floor, four prominent religious leaders and nearly 20 others walked in silence to the U. S. Capitol Rotunda and held an impromptu meeting with Speaker Dennis Hastert before a brief protest of public prayer.
Sojourners 10/19/2005
Jim Wallis, executive director of Sojourners and convener of Call to Renewal, praised Senate Agriculture Committee Chair, Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), today for saving the popular Food Stamp Program from nearly $574 million in spending cuts.
Sojourners 09/15/2005
On the first day of the World Summit, Jim Wallis led an interfaith delegation of nearly twenty American religious leaders in calling on the Bush Administration to join other nations in committing to end global poverty and fully embrace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A memorial service, press conference and afternoon of prophetic preaching on the MDGs marked the first day of a three day vigil of prayer and fasting in Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza in New York City this week.