The Common Good

Jim Wallis Blog Entries

Abuses of Faith in this Election Season

You have to wonder -- when political ads focus on a college prank pulled by your opponent -- what else could that money have gone to?
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Christians and Bullying: Standing with Gays and Lesbians

My mother used to give us kids two instructions:
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After the Spill, We Can't Forget the Gulf

It is hard to imagine that it's been six months since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Wonderful and Complicated

Got an e-mail the other day from a friend who is a young Christian leader. He told me he was getting married. Wow, I thought. Married!
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MLK and the "Progressive Hunter"

Take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. -- James 3:4-6
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Beck, Nazis, and Civil Dialogue

Glenn Beck can do better. Fox News can do better. When it comes to upholding truth and having civil dialogues, let's be honest, we all can do better.
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This Election Season, Let's Focus on Truth and Civility

Let's try it. For the next six weeks before the election, let's focus on truth and civility.
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George W. Bush Led on AIDS. Will Obama?

The world needs President Barack Obama to be a global leader on HIV/AIDS.
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Poverty is Not a Dirty Word

Just a few years ago, I remember how often people would be surprised when I told them that one in six children lived in poverty in America.
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No One is "Illegal"

Today is a day of hope for immigration reform. More than 500 immigration activists and faith leaders have gathered in Washington, D.C. to call on Congress to act on immigration reform. They represent the tens of thousands of you reading SojoMail today who, over the past few years, have taken action on immigration reform.
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It Didn't Happen

It didn't happen. The threat of a pastor from a very small Florida church to burn Qurans and start "International Burn a Koran Day," was not carried out.
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What Have We Learned Since 9/11?

This Saturday, we commemorate the ninth anniversary of 9/11.
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Quran Burning is a Sacrilegious Slap in the Face of Christ

The extremes now seem to dictate the political discourse -- extremists in caves who invoke their distorted brand of Muslim faith as they murder innocent people; and extremists in a Florida church w
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A Commentary on Caring for the Unemployed

One of my Saturday morning rituals is to listen to NPR's Weekend Edition, hosted by my friend Scott Simon, during my morning work out.
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The War in Iraq: At What Cost?

The emotion that grips me this morning, after watching President Obama's speech last night and listening to the commentary about the "end of our combat mission in Iraq," is a deep sadness.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Was a Social Justice Christian

This coming Saturday, August 28 will mark the 47th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream Speech." Glenn Beck has chosen this d
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Refracting America Through 9/11 Lens

"Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington," said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
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