The Common Good

Religious Leaders to Unveil Covenant for a new America

Date: June 26, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   Media Contacts: Jack Pannell, 202/745-4614,;

Monday, June 26, 2006                                                                       Elise Elzinga, 202/745-4625,




Religious Leaders to Unveil Covenant for a New America

Sens. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Rick Santorum and Sam Brownback to Attend

Anti-Poverty Conference


WHAT:           Nearly a thousand clergy and lay leaders will gather in Washington, DC on June 26-28 to unveil the Covenant for a New America, a faith-based policy strategy for overcoming poverty. (Read the Covenant document here: Covenant for a New America)


WHO:             This three-day Christian mobilization will convene Democrats and Republicans alike. Low-income families are too often stuck between liberal and conservative arguments; our country needs a new alliance that makes overcoming poverty a nonpartisan cause. Confirmed speakers include: Sens. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Rick Santorum and Sam Brownback. Governor Howard Dean, Chair of the DNC will


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.


WHEN:           Monday, June 26 – Wednesday, June 28. Media Highlights include:


March and Covenant Launch: (Tuesday, June 27, 11 AM – 1 PM) Nearly 1,000 people of faith will march from the National City Christian Church to the U.S. Capitol (Upper Senate Park) for a rally to launch the Covenant led by Rev. Jim Wallis.


Sen. Obama’s Keynote Address on Faith and Politics: (Wednesday, June 28, 9 AM) Sen. Obama will deliver his first-ever major address on the intersection of politics and his faith at the Amos and Joseph Award Ceremony. This award is given to honor public leaders who are using their position of influence to speak out against poverty.


WHERE:          National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle, NW at 14th and Massachusetts,

            Washington, D.C. (Conference Headquarters)


MEDIA NOTE: 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 here:


The Covenant document can be found here: A list of institutions, leaders and denominations endorsing the Covenant is available here:


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