The Common Good

Religious Leaders Commit to Overcoming Poverty

Date: June 12, 2006


Friday, June 16, 2006

Media Contacts:

Jack Pannell, 202/745-4614,

Elise Elzinga, 202/745-4625,







Religious Leaders Commit 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



Washington, DC – June 21, 2006 –More than two dozen national religion leaders will gather here next week to make  an historic commitment to overcoming poverty.


 From Poverty to Opportunity: A Covenant for a New America is a three-day Christian mobilization sponsored by Sojourners and Call to Renewal and  begins on Monday, June 26th  at National City Christian Church.


 Local and national clergy, church activists and leaders of  faith-based organizations will convene to focus national attention on the rising poverty rate in America. Republican and Democratic political figures, like Senator Barack Obama and Senator Rick Santorum, will address the conference.


On Tuesday, June 27th, national religious leaders will help launch the Covenant for a New America, a common sense approach to overcoming poverty that transcends the liberal-conservative divide. The religious leaders are committed to placing poverty on the national agenda by 2008 and changing the moral priorities of our country. The Covenant can be found at Sojourners : A Covenant for a New America or  After a 700 person march through downtown Washington and rally on Capitol Hill, conference attendees will discuss the Covenant with their member of congress.


Some of the institutions endorsing the Covenant include: Bread for the World, Christian Community Development Association, Evangelical Lutherans Church in America, Habitat for Humanity, Presbyterian Church (USA), USA,  and World Vision. The launch event will include a March to Overcome Poverty and a Rally at the U.S. Capitol.




National City Christian Church,5 Thomas Circle, NW at 14th and Massachusetts, Washington, D.C.



Monday, June 26, 2006 – Wednesday, June 28, 2006



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. Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. Sam Brownback,  Sen. Rick Santorum, Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Gov. Howard Dean,  Marian Wright Edelman,and Rev. Tony Campolo.



To cover the events, please contact the media office at 202/745-4614. You must call to obtain press credentials to the conference.


Media Highlights:       


Tuesday June 27, 2006

Overcoming Poverty March, 11AM

Nearly a 700 people of faith will m arch because “Poverty is Not a Family Value” from the National City Christian Church to the U.S. Capitol. Location:

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (March begins at National City Christian Church)


A Covenant for a New America Launch and Rally with speakers from national religious denominations and organizations. 12 noon. At Upper Senate Park, U.S. Capitol. The Covenant for a New America has been shaped and endorsed by a broad spectrum of religious leaders. It outlines the causes of poverty and offers substantial policy changes for ending hunger and poverty in America.

Wednesday, June 28th

Amos and Joseph Award Ceremony will honor : Marian Wright Edelman (Children’s Defense Fund)  and Sen. Barack Obama (who will give a major keynote address on faith and politics).  This award is given to honor public leaders who are using their position of influence to speak out against poverty.


Location: National City Christian Church

9 a.m – 10:30 a.m.


Members of the media should pre-arrange for press credentials for the entire conference. Please send a request to or call the media office at 202/745-4625. The entire schedule of the conference can be found at


Sojourners is a Christian ministry whose mission is to proclaim and practice the biblical call to integrate spiritual renewal and social justice. Visit Call to Renewal is a national network of churches, faith-based organizations, and individuals working to overcome poverty in America. Visit