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Jim Wallis provides regular commentary on the God's Politics Blog, his weekly SojoMail newsletter, and in Sojourners magazine.

Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis is a New York Times bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life. He recently served on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and currently serves as the vice chair of the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum.

Jim is the author of 10 books. His latest book, On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good (Brazos Press), was released in April 2013. His most recent books include: Rediscovering Values: A Guide for Economic and Moral Recovery; The Great Awakening:Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America; and God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It. 

He is president and founder of Sojourners, where he is also editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine, which has a combined print and electronic media readership of more than a quarter million. Jim frequently speaks in the United States and abroad. His columns appear in major newspapers, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe. He frequently appears on radio and television as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Fox—on shows such as Meet the PressHardball, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the O’Reilly Factor—and on National Public Radio. He has taught at Harvard University and currently teaches a course on Faith, Social Justice, and Public Life” at Georgetown University.

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Jim was raised in a Midwest evangelical family. As a teenager, his questioning of the racial segregation in his church and community led him to the black churches and neighborhoods of inner-city Detroit. He spent his student years involved in the civil rights and antiwar movements. Jim founded Sojourners while a student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois. Jim and several other students started a small magazine and community with a Christian commitment to social justice. More than 40 years later, Sojourners has grown into a national faith-based organization. In 1979, Time magazine named Wallis one of the "50 Faces for America's Future."  

Jim lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Joy Carroll, one of the first women ordained in the Church of England and author of Beneath the Cassock: The Real-Life Vicar of Dibley, and their young sons, Luke and Jack. He is a Little League baseball coach.

Visit Jim Wallis and Sojourners at sojo.net, and read Jim’s daily blog at GodsPolitics.com.

  • Jim's upcoming public events can be found HERE.

Published Books:

On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good (2013)

Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street (2010)

The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America (2008) - New York Times bestseller

God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It (2005) - New York Times bestseller

Living God's Politics: A Guide to Putting Your Faith into Action (2005) (co-authored)

Faith Works: How Faith-Based Organizations Are Changing Lives, Neighborhoods, and America (2000)

Who Speaks For God? An Alternative to the Religious Right—A New Politics of Compassion, Community, and Civility (1996)

The Soul of Politics: Beyond "Religious Right" and "Secular Left" (1995)

Revive Us Again: A Sojourner’s Story (1983)

The Call to Conversion: Why Faith is Always Personal but Never Private (1981, revised and reprinted 2005)

Agenda for Biblical People (1976)

Blog Posts by Jim Wallis

Posted by Jim Wallis 2 days 8 hours ago
For so many of us, Easter is not just a religious holiday — it is a personal celebration and re-commitment. How do we personally experience the resurrection? Every year, as I hear and say “He is risen,” I remember that it’s not just a theological affirmation, but something I need personally.
Posted by Jim Wallis 1 week 2 days ago
Commonsense immigration reform is part of a consistent ethic in which all of life is treated as sacred, and we will continue to pray and to act until we fix this “broken [immigration] system.”
Posted by Jim Wallis 2 weeks 2 days ago
The key emotion of my baseball experience is hope over despair, which is also the most important meaning of Easter for us as Christians.
Posted by Jim Wallis 3 weeks 2 days ago
Lent is rarely talked about as a celebration, but it is an opportunity to revel in the joy of forgiveness.
Posted by Jim Wallis 4 weeks 1 day ago
Fred Phelps died early Thursday morning.

Articles by Jim Wallis

As a Christian, I grieve over the unspeakable violence wrongly done in the name of faith.

Changing the world requires the leadership of women.

We are all neighbors now, whether we like it or not.

We give thanks for how he turned righteous anger into the power of reconciliation.

When racism is tolerated, the reconciling work of Christ on the cross is contradicted.

To feel the pain of the world is to participate in the very heart of God.

The words of Jesus are either authoritative for us or they are not.