The Common Good

Media Advisories and Press Releases

With a final Senate vote on broad, bipartisan immigration reform expected by the end of this week, evangelical leaders are holding daily prayer gatherings near the U.S. Capitol. Today, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) hosted the prayer gathering, at Peace Circle.
As Evangelical Christians we are very grateful the spirit of bipartisanship shown by the Senate Judiciary Committee in advancing legislation that reflects our nation’s best values on immigration. This shows political courage for the common good.
In response to immigration reform talks and surrounding debate this week, Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners, issued the following statement.
President Obama’s budget proposal is a serious, responsible plan for addressing our nation’s economic challenges. The fiscal choices we make reveal what we value the most as a nation and indeed scripture tells us that countries will be judged on how they treat the most vulnerable
Standing in a field of more than 3,300 grave makers, including crosses, stars of David, and other religious symbols, on the National Mall, Newtown clergy, the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners, the Rev. Michael McBride of PICO National Network and others will begin a 24-hour vigil in the shadow of Capitol Hill at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, April 11. The clergy will call on Congress to vote on the gun violence prevention legislation expected soon on the floor of the Senate.
Jim Wallis on the selection of Melissa Rogers as Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Today, the Evangelical Immigration Tableannounced an advertising campaign in support of immigration reform on 15 Christian radio stations in South Carolina. The advertisement, which will run at saturation levels for two weeks, features Spartanburg County Rev. Jim Goodroe, urging support for immigration reform based on biblical principles. Goodroe, who participated in the call, also co-authored an op-ed in today’s Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C.
Ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on whether to impose an assault weapons ban and enact other gun violence prevention initiatives, more than 4,000 religious leaders from all 50 states joined senior clergy in Newtown, Connecticut, in sending an open letter to U.S. senators urging them to pass comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation. Thea clergy are asking senators to pass legislation that includes a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, enforceable universal background checks, an end to gun trafficking, and prosecution of straw purchasers.
After meeting with President Barack Obama and other faith leaders to discuss immigration reform Rev. Jim Wallis, the President and CEO of Sojourners, has released the following statement:
As the political blame game for the March 1 sequester heats up, nearly a 100 national Christian leaders released a pastoral letter to President Obama and the leaders of Congress calling for an end to the political brinksmanship that is slowing the nation’s economic recovery. The letter asks both the Democrats and Republicans to replace poverty with opportunity.
Response from Jim Wallis to President Obama's State of the Union Address. Calls on lawmakers from both parties to find common ground for the common good. Rev. Jim Wallis, the President and CEO of Sojourners, has released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address tonight:
REV. JIM WALLIS COMMENDS ACTION FROM CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT OBAMA Wallis declares now is the time for immigration reform In response to President Obama’s speech on comprehensive immigration reform, Rev. Jim Wallis has released the following statement:
REV. JIM WALLIS AFFIRMS CITIZENSHIP PRINCIPLES FROM GANG OF EIGHT Wallis Reinforces Evangelicals’ Efforts to ‘Welcome the Stranger’ In response to today’s announcement from the Gang of Eight on the agreed upon principles for comprehensive immigration reform, Rev. Jim Wallis has released the following statement:
On Monday, Jan. 14, during a telephonic press conference, the Evangelical Immigration Table, a group of influential evangelicals who support immigration reform, will reach out to political leaders and more than 100,000 churches as it launches the “I Was a Stranger” immigration prayer challenge.
Christian Leaders Call for New Revenue to Protect Programs Serving Low-Income People
In the midst of the deficit reduction debate Christian leaders and the heads of some of the nation’s largest charitable organizations, including Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army, released an open letter to Congress today calling for a plan that protects low-income families. The letter states: “We pray during this season, in which we give thanks and offer gifts, that you will advance policies that protect the poor — not ones that make them poorer.”
Leaders from the Circle of Protection will hold a press call on Tuesday, November 20th, to release an open letter to Congress and the President. The letter calls on leaders to protect the poor in their deficit talks in the upcoming fiscal cliff negotiations. Participants on the call will discuss legislative action and a call to advocacy for the poor in connection with the traditional holiday food baskets.
In response to the impending fiscal cliff, as well as coalition meetings with President Obama, Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners has released the following statement:
Leaders from across the evangelical community came together today to release open letters to President Obama and to the House and Senate leadership, seeking action on immigration policy. On a press call this morning, leaders discussed the implications of the 2012 election and their plans for harnessing the growing consensus in the evangelical community around reform.