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Jim Wallis Blog Entries

The Elections You May Not Have Noticed

Most of the country probably didn't notice.
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What a Neighborhood Elder Taught Me About Interfaith Prayer

A story I have written about before and preached on time and time again recently took on new meaning for me.
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Helping the Church Be the Church

Every day churches across the country respond to the economic crisis by supporting families in need, assisting those in search of a job, and reaching out to people on the back streets of America.
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An Altar Call from Bill and Melinda Gates

Last week, my wife Joy and I were front and center when Bill and Melinda Gates launched their new Living Proof campaign in Washington, D.C.
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Afghanistan: A Whole New Approach

We've all been watching carefully as the Obama administration tries to decide how to move forward on U.S. policy in Afghanistan.
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Justice Revival is Coming

Earlier this month, I was in Dallas for the official launch of Sojourners' next Justice Revival.
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National Association of Evangelicals Provides Moral Model on Immigration Reform

After nearly two years of collective scripture study, discernment, and dialogue, on Oct.
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Put Poor People on the Climate Change Agenda

Last week, a group of senators, many in the leadership of the majority Democratic Party, asked for a meeting with a small group of interfaith religious leaders. Their topic: climate change. The Senate now has a bill that will soon be up for a vote and the 10 senators wanted our feedback -- and also our support. I was asked to say a few words.
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A Nobel Prayer

I got the first call at 6:30 a.m.
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A Faith Declaration for Health-Care Reform

Over the course of the health-care debate, voices of faith have been raised about the moral values at stake beneath the policy discussions.
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U2's Music and Mission--and My Kid's First Rock Concert

Oh no, my eleven-year-old went to his first rock concert this week! Oh good, it was Bono and U2. That would express the feelings of many parents about their child's introductory rock and roll concert experience.
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Health Care, Immigrants, and the Character of our Country

With an issue like health, deeply personal, but of great public concern, the faith community has a unique and important role to play -- to define and raise the moral issues beneath the policy debat
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Discrimination in Services -- No. Protection of Faith Identity -- Yes

This post responds to the following question posed on The Washington Post's "On Faith" forum
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Words Matter

President Barack Obama delivered his
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Pray for Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck has received a lot of attention for his inflammatory rhetoric lately. Recently, he shared a personal story about his daughter who has cerebral palsy, which gets to the heart of his fears about health-care reform:
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What?! Racism Still in America?

Here we go again. Some people raise the issue of race (this time about the ways others are talking about or treating the first black U.S. president) and the media goes crazy.
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Consequences of the Recession

Did you see it? It wasn't the leading story in The New York Times, The Washington Post, or most other daily newspapers.
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Obama's Health-Care Speech: Hope Over Fear

In his speech last evening, President Barack Obama made the commitments that a broad coalition in the fait
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A Stupid Made-for-TV Controversy

Cable news and the blogosphere heated up with a new controversy in the lead-up to a noon-time address that President Obama gave as a
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