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Media Advisories and Press Releases

Washington , D.C. – In accepting Sen. Harry Reid’s unprecedented invitation, Rev. Jim Wallis will become the first nonpartisan religious leader to speak on the Democratic Party’s weekly radio address, broadcast nationally on radio stations everywhere this Saturday, December 2, 2006 . Rev. Wallis has become a leading progressive evangelical voice calling on both parties to set a new and different tone for our public discourse.
In this election, both the Religious Right and the secular Left were defeated, and the voice of the moral center was heard. A significant number of candidates elected are social conservatives on issues of life and family, economic populists, and committed to a new direction in Iraq. This is the way forward: a grand new alliance between liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, one that can end partisan gridlock and involves working together for real solutions to pressing problems.
Jim Wallis, bestselling author of God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It, and founder of Sojourners/Call to Renewal, commented today on Ted Haggard’s time of trial in a blog entry entitled “We Are All Sinners.” Deeply saddened, Wallis writes, “Some critics of religion, and evangelicals in particular, will say this situation shows that all Christians and their leaders are hypocrites. That’s not true, but it does remind us that all Christians, and their leaders, are sinners with their own “darkness” in deep need of the light of Christ.”
More than 100 Christian, Muslim, and Jewish religious leaders released a statement titled “Words, Not War” calling for direct talks with Iran and condemning military action as a solution to the nuclear standoff. In a conversation with the press, Jim Wallis explained: “We, as people of faith, take the threat of nuclear weapons very seriously. But in the present nuclear standoff and showdown between the U.S. government and Iran, we don’t believe there are any military solutions.”
Expecting nearly 2,000 religious voters for a Candidates’ Public Meeting on Values, the organizers of Voting Our Faith 2006 are waiting for confirmations from candidates running in tightly contested races in Ohio. This historic candidates’ forum has been organized by The AMOS Project and Sojourners/Call to Renewal with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as a co-sponsor. To date, several weeks after the invitations were sent, the following candidates are eager to meet with religious voters and have accepted the invitation: Candidates Sherrod Brown, John Cranley, Victoria Wulsin, Phil Heimlich, and David Pepper.
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.