The Common Good

Media Advisories and Press Releases

Sojourners 04/01/2009
During a teleconference on Wednesday, April 1st, leaders from Congress, religious denominations, policy institutes and anti-poverty non-profits announced a new initiative to combat the growing domestic and global poverty crisis that is being exacerbated by the world’s economic instability. This initiative, called The Mobilization to End Poverty, represents one of the largest and most diverse anti-poverty coalitions that will convene over one thousand faith leaders and activists in Washington, DC this April 26-29. The coalition will advocate with Congress to preserve priorities within the President’s budget that assist low-income and poor communities with an emphasis on health care, energy, and education. This group will also call upon the President to affirm his previous commitments to reduce domestic poverty by half in ten years and implement the Millennium Development Goals intended to cut extreme global poverty in half by 2015.
Sojourners 03/12/2009
Sojourners, a progressive network of Christians promoting the biblical call to social justice, and convener of Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CCIR), today applauded the recent decision by the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into the “discriminatory policy practices and unconstitutional searches and seizures conducted by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO).” This action follows the heels of a coordinated national campaign that Sojourners and CCIR participated in with ACORN, National Day Laborer Organizing Network and America’s Voice that collected over 38,000 letters petitioning Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate alleged civil rights violations of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Sojourners 03/02/2009
Today a group of leaders representing Christian faith-based non-profits that serve millions of Americans in low-income and poor communities responded to the new direction that President Obama’s budget proposal represents in addressing domestic poverty. Faith-based groups are facing a significant increase in demand for services due to an economic recession that threatens to push an additional nine million Americans into poverty. The economic situation coupled with a shortfall in revenue and charitable giving for faith-based groups exacerbates the poverty crisis in our nation. Religious leaders lifted up the budget as a moral document, outlined programs in the budget that would help reduce domestic poverty and called upon faith communities to press Congress to adopt these funding priorities.
Sojourners 02/17/2009
The Poverty Forum, a group of 18 politically diverse leaders with expertise in poverty initiatives and policy reform, today released a set of policy recommendations aimed at dramatically reducing domestic poverty. Co-chaired by Mike Gerson, senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, and Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, this policy platform represents a nonpartisan initiative where leaders from government, community, faith-based and grassroots organizations worked together to find common-ground solutions.
Sojourners 02/05/2009
Rev. Jim Wallis, progressive evangelical leader, author of The Great Awakening and president of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States, issued the following statement in response to the new President's Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships on which Wallis will serve.
Sojourners 01/23/2009
Jim Wallis, progressive evangelical leader, author of The Great Awakening and president of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s statement commemorating the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the delay of rescinding the Mexico City policy.
Sojourners 01/22/2009
Jim Wallis, progressive evangelical leader, author of The Great Awakening and president of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States, issued the following statement in recognition of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the annual March To Life.
Sojourners 01/16/2009
The Presidential Inaugural Committee today announced that Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States and author of The Great Awakening, was among a diverse selection of religious leaders asked to give the responsive prayer during the National Prayer Service. The service will take place on the morning of Wednesday, January 22, 2009 at the National Cathedral and will be attended by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, and members of their families.
Sojourners 01/13/2009
Sojourners responded to President-elect Obama’s call for a renewed national commitment to service by launching MLK Day Commit to Change, a website dedicated to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The site offers educational resources including grassroots advocacy and service opportunities for people of faith. These commitments range from personal ones on the individual level to initiatives that benefit local communities and beyond to national campaigns. Sojourners website is listed as a service organization on www.USAService.org and can be accessed directly at www.sojo.net/mlk.
Sojourners 11/14/2008
Results of a new post-election poll released today provide an in-depth look at the shift in priorities and moral agenda for Catholic and evangelical voters. Sponsored by Faith in Public Life, in partnership with Sojourners and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, and conducted by Public Religion Research, the poll’s findings indicate a new faith constituency with a broader moral agenda that will have a significant impact upon the next presidential administration and Congress.
Sojourners 11/12/2008
Results of a new post-election poll providing an in-depth look at the shift in priorities and moral agenda for Catholics, evangelicals, and religious voters in the 2008 election will be released this Friday, November 14th during a teleconference for journalists.
Sojourners 11/11/2008
Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States connecting faith and justice, has solicited letters on the one week anniversary of the 2008 election for President-elect Obama from a wide array of religious, political, and cultural leaders in America and around the world. This initiative has collected nearly two dozen letters that are posted on the God’s Politics blog and will be delivered to the president-elect.
Sojourners 11/05/2008
This election demonstrates the beginning of a fundamental shift taking place in America which is, at once, a political shift, a cultural and racial shift, a generational shift, and a religious shift. In recent times, religion has been both too narrow and too divisive. The leadership of African American and Latino Christians, with a younger generation of the faithful in white America, is creating a broad new moral agenda for faith in public life. Racial and economic justice, creation care, peacemaking, and a more consistent ethic life will all shape that new agenda.
Sojourners 10/30/2008
During a teleconference on Thursday, October 30th, evangelical and Catholic leaders challenged people of faith to evaluate candidates as to whether they are really “pro-life” enough.
Sojourners 10/28/2008
Evangelical leader Jim Wallis, author of The Great Awakening and President of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States, today outlined the ‘faith priorities” that will dictate his vote in the 2008 presidential election.
Sojourners 10/17/2008
Sojourners Applauds New Direction That Offers Real Results Rather Than Continued Polarization and Deadlock
Sojourners 09/26/2008
Sojourners, a monthly publication that addresses issues of faith, politics, and culture from a biblical perspective, received the prestigious 2008 Gold Eddie Award from industry-leader FOLIO: magazine.
Sojourners 09/17/2008
Dozens of churches and tens of thousands of people of faith across Ohio are participating in Poverty Sunday, an election year initiative aimed at educating people of faith about God’s concern for the poor and the need to reduce poverty.
Sojourners 09/01/2008
A group of seven prominent pro-life Catholic and Evangelical leaders today implored the Republican Party to reverse its decision to remove abortion platform language calling on “all persons of good will, whether across the political aisle or within our party, to work together to reduce the incidence of abortion.”
Sojourners 08/12/2008
During a teleconference on Tuesday, August 12th, evangelical and Catholic leaders responded to the positive step forward that the Democratic Platform Committee has taken in establishing common ground that will help lead to abortion reduction.