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Media Advisories and Press Releases

Sojourners 03/24/2010
Glenn Beck continued his attack on “social justice,” saying it means “forced re-distribution, socialism, and Marxism”; Rev. Jim Wallis invited Beck to a conversation on “social justice,” which he says is “a passion for the gospel and the poor, not for totalitarian government.”
Sojourners 03/22/2010
A high-level delegation of national religious leaders today met with senior White House officials to push for immigration reform to be moved forward in Congress. This follows yesterday’s massive mobilization where over 100K people marched on Washington to demonstrate strong support for immigration reform. A list of the faith leaders who attended the meeting is below and all are available for interviews to discuss the White House response.
Sojourners 03/19/2010
A high-level delegation of religious leaders will meet met with senior White House officials to push for a committed timeline for immigration reform to be moved forward in Congress. This meeting will take place one day after the March For America: Change Takes Courage and Faith, a mobilization of tens of thousands of people in Washington, DC to demonstrate unified and widespread support for immigration reform.
Sojourners 03/18/2010
Religious organizations spanning the faith and ideological spectrum will bring thousands of people of faith from across the country to Washington, DC, this Sunday for a powerful demonstration of their unified support for just, humane immigration reform that keeps families together. The faith community will be joined by tens of thousands of people from civil rights, immigrant, family and labor groups for the March For America: Change Takes Courage and Faith on the National Mall on Sunday, March 21, at 2 p.m. Before the march, people of faith will gather for an Interfaith Prayer Service on the Mall at 1 p.m, and on Monday, faith leaders will meet with top White House officials to discuss the urgent need for immigration reform, and hundreds of people of faith will meet with their Senators and Representatives and urge them to pass immigration reform this year.
Sojourners 03/11/2010
Rev. Jim Wallis – a progressive evangelical leader, author of Rediscovering Values and president of Sojourners (the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States) – is urging Christians to stop watching Glenn Beck.
Sojourners 01/29/2010
Rev. Jim Wallis is in Davos, Switzerland this week providing leadership to the ethics and values pillar, one of six pillars, at the World Economic Forum. According to recent survey findings released by the World Economic Forum and Georgetown University, two-thirds of the 130,000 respondents, from ten countries, including the United States, believe that the current economic crisis is also a crisis of ethics and values. In response, the World Economic Forum has placed corporate ethics and personal values as one of the six core pillars of this week’s conference.
Sojourners 01/22/2010
Rev. Jim Wallis, president and founder of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the nation, and bestselling author, launches groundbreaking new book, “Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street and Your Street,” and has embarked on a nationwide media and publicity tour, with stops on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and PBS’s The Tavis Smiley Show.
Sojourners 01/06/2010
Reverend Jim Wallis, President and founder of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the nation, and bestselling author, launches groundbreaking new book, “Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street and Your Street,” embarks on nationwide media and publicity tour, opens new year with provocative column in Sunday’s Washington Post Outlook .
Sojourners 12/11/2009
Sojourners, this week, launched “Finding Our Way in the New Economy”. This nationwide campaign, to educate the public about the need for a moral recovery as well as a financial recovery, provides resources, tools and reflections for understanding the impact on families, communities and society when a market-based economy is greed-driven instead of morally based. The resources, tools and reflections will focus on the following issues:
Sojourners 12/10/2009
Sojourners magazine, a monthly publication that addresses issues of faith, politics, and culture from a biblical perspective, received two prestigious 2009 Silver Eddie Awards from industry-leader FOLIO: magazine. The Eddie Awards recognize excellence in magazine editorial and design and are presented by FOLIO, the leading publication for magazine professionals. Sojourners magazine won silver in the Consumer, Religious/Spiritual category for a full issue and silver in the “single article” for the same category. These highly esteemed awards come on the heels of earning 25 honors from the Associated Church Press and the Evangelical Press Association this past spring.
Sojourners 12/02/2009
The decision by President Obama to send additional troops to Afghanistan saddens me. I believe it is a mistake, it is the wrong direction for U.S. foreign policy, and it is disappointing to many of us in the faith community and our friends who spearhead the on-the-ground development efforts in Afghanistan and around the world.
Sojourners 11/19/2009
Reverend Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the nation, today released a letter to President Obama calling for a “whole new approach in Afghanistan.” Joined by a growing list of currently more than 20 faith and moral leaders across the nation, the letter calls on the President to consider a “different strategy that we would name: the humanitarian and development surge.”
Sojourners 10/29/2009
Reverend Jim Wallis, President and founder of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the nation, today released the following piece about United States activity in Afghanistan calling the current options on the table in Washington too narrow and offering a new approach.
Sojourners 10/27/2009
Reverend Jim Wallis, President and founder of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the nation, today released the following statement raising grave concerns about Randall Terry’s (Operation Rescue founder) “Burn in Hell” contest including the declaration that fellow Americans will “burn in hell.”
Sojourners 09/16/2009
Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States, launched a campaign this week to call for talk show hosts to tell the truth in the health care debate. Over 10,000 messages have already been sent to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Rev Jim Wallis: Talk show hosts like Limbaugh and Hannity are pulling the country away from the moral core of this health care debate. They are working to mobilize opposition to reform by preying on the legitimate confusions and understandable fears of their viewers as well as propagating deliberate distortions. And it’s time that someone call them to account.
Sojourners 09/10/2009
“President Barack Obama made the commitments that a broad coalition in the faith community had asked for - reform as a moral issue, affordable coverage for all, and no federal funding of abortion. Now it is the job of the faith community and every concerned American to make sure the final bill reflects all these moral principles. We will now be calling on our members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, many of them members of our congregations, to support these moral commitments and to make sure, as they “iron out the details,” that each one is firmly upheld.”
Sojourners 09/09/2009
In his speech this evening, President Barack Obama made the commitments that a broad coalition in the faith community had asked for - reform as a moral issue, affordable coverage for all, and no federal funding of abortion.
05/14/2009
Sojourners magazine, a monthly publication that addresses issues of faith, politics, and culture from a biblical perspective, has been recognized by two leading religious press organizations for excellence in magazine publishing.
05/12/2009
Postville, IA—Today, one day before the one-year anniversary of the devastating Postville immigration raid, faith and labor leaders hosted a press call to highlight the need for immigration reform. Leaders discussed the long term effects immigration raids have had on their communities and announced over 40 vigils and services taking place nationwide in commemoration of the May 12th, 2008 Postville raid. Events around the country will feature ringing of church bells and calls for worker justice, family unity and just and humane immigration reform.
Sojourners 04/29/2009
Today marks 100th day of the Obama Administration and the final day of the Sojourners Mobilization to End Poverty, the nation’s largest gathering of Christian leaders and activists committed to overcoming poverty in our country and world. This Mobilization brought together over 1,100 Christians from across the religious spectrum who visited eighty-three Senate and two hundred house offices to advocate for including low-income families and vulnerable people in the economic recovery. The first full day of the Mobilization was excited and energized by a video message from the President who took the opportunity, during the week that marked the first 100 days of his administration, to re-commit to overcoming poverty in our country and partnering with the faith community.