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Sojourners Releases New Study on Shifting Political Priorities of Young Evangelicals

Source: Sojourners
Date: October 16, 2012

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                             

October 16, 2012

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Sojourners Releases New Study on Shifting Political Priorities of Young Evangelicals

Release Event Included Young Christians from the Family Research Council, World Relief, Feed the Children, Evangelical Environmental Network

Washington, DC, October 16, 2012 —

                Today in Washington, Sojourners released a study focused on young evangelicals. Meant to explore the post-Culture War politics of a generation of young, civically engaged Christians, the study detailed several emerging dynamics. The demographic overview showed mostly single, highly educated self-identifying evangelical Christians, 92% of which attended church once or more per week. The study asked about both church and civic life, and found that while 61% of respondents heard about homosexuality from the pulpit within the last year, 73% heard about poverty from the pulpit. The study also notes that, like the general public, 60% list both economic issues like jobs and budget issues as one of the two most important issues in deciding their vote in the 2012 election, countering the conventional wisdom that evangelicals vote predominantly on social issues.

               Jim Wallis, President and CEO, who convened a panel of young evangelicals to discuss the findings said, “This survey is finally putting some numbers to a phenomenon we’ve been talking about for 40 years over at Sojourners. Young people—those Matthew 25 Christians—are engaging in serious, meaningful ways in their communities, but also in the national policy priorities of this country. I’m encouraged by these numbers and the young people who participated – they are pioneering a new mode of political engagement.”

The panel (FULL AUDIO HERE) included Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners as well as:

Jenny Yang, World Relief
Director of Advocacy and Policy, Refugee and Immigration Program

Jessica Prol, Family Research Council
Managing Editor for Policy Publications

Rev. Adam Taylor, World Vision
Vice President of Advocacy

Ben Lowe, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action
National Organizer and Spokesperson

Jayme Cloninger, Feed the Children
Manager of Public Policy

Christopher LaTondresse, USAID
Advisor, Center for Faith Based and Community Initiatives 

Eric Teetsel, Manhattan Declaration
Executive Director



Sojourners' mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world. Visit, and

Jim Wallis is the president and CEO of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States focused on the biblical call to social justice. Wallis is also author of the New York Times bestsellers God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It and The Great Awakening: Seven Ways to Change the World, Reviving Faith & Politics. His latest book is Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street.