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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.

June 2014, on Melissa Harris-Perry

 

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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 16 hours 32 min ago
As the Washington, D.C., premiere of Warner Bros.’ new movie, The Good Lie, came to a close, I could barely see the credits through my tears, but the noise of the crowd around me erupting into cheers and the standing ovation was impossible to miss. This film really touched me. I knew I had to write about it.
Posted by Jim Wallis 6 days 12 hours ago
We all know that the world is moving down a very dangerous path, and that we must reverse our direction. But so far, the credible and persuasive scientific case hasn’t accomplished that. Sensible economic proposals haven’t halted that direction either. And smart political arguments have yet to reverse our course either. Why? Because we are addicted to fossil fuels. The results are planet-threatening climate change and people-threatening terrorism. We need conversion. Nothing less. Only our conversion could change our dangerous direction. Two fundamental things could bring the kind of conversion we need. One, our faith. Two, our children.
Posted by Jim Wallis 2 weeks 14 hours ago
This epidemic is about so much more than Goodell, whose lack of leadership is typical in professional sports. It’s about more than one team, one league, or sports in general.
Posted by Jim Wallis 2 weeks 6 days ago
I have always believed that any alternative to war must still address the very real problems at hand — just in a more effective way. To say that “war is not the answer” is not only a moral statement but also is a serious critique of what doesn’t work; wars often fail to solve the problems and ultimately make them worse.
Posted by Jim Wallis 3 weeks 6 days ago
I just returned from a remarkable month in South Africa—the country that changed my life. I’ve often said that I learned my theology of hope from South Africa, during the anti-apartheid struggle I was thrust into as a young man.

Articles by Jim Wallis

"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.

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.