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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 was former vice chair of and currently serves on the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum.

Jim is the author of 11 books. The (Un)Common Good: How the Gospel Brings Hope to a World Divided (Brazos Press), was released in June 2014. His most recent books include: On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned About Serving the Common Good, 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 people. 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, Georgetown University and a variety of other academic institutions.

October 2014, on The Ed Show

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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.

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Published Books:

 

The (Un)Common Good: How the Gospel Bring Hope to a World Divided (2014)

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, Sandi Villarreal 3 days 6 hours ago
Failure to recognize the sins of power and domination that influence the acts of violence against half of God’s creatures is simply bad theology.
Posted by Jim Wallis 1 week 3 days ago
Many white Americans tend to see this problem as unfortunate incidents based on individual circumstances. Black Americans see a system in which their black lives matter less than white lives. That is a fundamental difference of experience between white and black Americans, between black and white parents, even between white and black Christians.
Posted by Jim Wallis 2 weeks 3 days ago
As I listened, I realized America would be converted by these young people’s honest and earnest conversation — they would win the national debate about our criminal justice system’s response to young people of color.
Posted by Jim Wallis 3 weeks 5 days ago
We now all have the chance to examine the evidence — released last night — in the grand jury’s decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson, who fired multiple bullets into Michael Brown. But the verdict on America’s criminal justice system is already in for many Americans: guilty, for treating young black men differently than young white men.
Posted by Jim Wallis 4 weeks 3 days ago
For us, the 1,000+ deportations per day means the breakup of families we have come to know and love in our own congregations and communities. Their families are now our families; their kids are our kids. For us, this is an issue for the body of Christ, a question of our obedience to Jesus Christ. It is about things that are so much more important than politics.

Articles by Jim Wallis

Our mission was, is, and always will be centered in Jesus Christ. 

We cannot undermine or defeat a group that we do not understand. 

I eagerly await to see where the "rainbow generation" will take South Africa. 

"When I claim to be a Christian, it should be a radical statement."

Vincent's warmth lifted the temperatures of those around him.

In everything he did, Glen sought to bring Christian ethics to public life.

Christ's upside-down kingdom offers a different and subversive message: Lose your life and you'll find it.