The Common Good

Media Advisories and Press Releases

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.
In light of the President’s announcement of his Administration’s plan to address climate change, over 200 leading evangelical scientists held a press call to announce the release of a letter calling on Congress to lead on the issue of climate change. The letter urges Congress to pass meaningful legislation during this Congress to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment for future generations while also strengthening the country’s outlook for the economy.
Ahead of the key House GOP conference on immigration being held tomorrow, national and local evangelical leaders came together to unveil a trio of actions they’re taking to support members who stand up for immigration reform. Now more than ever, these influential leaders are calling on their legislators to pass commonsense immigration reform that is compassionate and just.
The 5-4 decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court is morally shameful. This decision jeopardizes equal justice under the law especially for black, Hispanic, and low-income people. Section 4 was specifically used in the 2012 election to prevent new voter suppression.
At this historic moment for immigration reform, we applaud the efforts of those in the Senate who have sought commonsense solutions that respect the God-given dignity of every person by creating an achievable earned pathway to citizenship. As the immigration debate moves from the Senate to the House we stand with evangelicals around the country in praying that our nation’s leaders will honor the beliefs and values of this great nation by finding solutions to bring 11 million people out of the shadows by offering an achievable earned pathway to citizenship.
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