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Jim Wallis Blog Entries

A Call to Serve and Preserve Creation

I just returned to the United States from a clergy conference I was invited to address by Rev. James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool.
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My Interview with Jon Stewart

"A joyful heart is good medicine," the scriptures say in Proverbs 17:22. Laughter truly is good for the soul, and quite possibly a democracy. I have often said that the Hebrew prophets used humor and satire as they spoke truth to power.
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A Calendar is a Moral Document

"Dad, could we go to the field and practice a little more pitching?" Our Astros Little League baseball team had just won the Northwest Washington, D.C. championship game in the last inning.
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Iran Elections: Hope, Excitement, Concern

Elections -- indeed the democratic process itself -- shape countries, culture, and the future, no matter what their outcome.
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Inspiring Fatherhood

More than the primaries, general election, board meetings, or the budget fight on Capitol Hill, this past week was a high-intensity roller coaster for me. It was Little League playoffs.
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When Hate Speech Justifies Killing

Words have consequences. In the past few weeks, we have seen just how dire those consequences can be.
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Immigration Reform: The time has come

The time has come for comprehensive immigration reform. After several failed attempts in past years, the president has promised it and the White House is showing a clear commitment to it.
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Listening to the Women of Darfur

Few biblical figures stand out for their bravery as Esther does. Faced with a looming order for the systematic extermination of her people, she risked her life and broke the silence.
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Obama in Cairo: A New Beginning

Every so often, I will begin the week with a post about something that I believe deserves further reflection and comment from the God's Politics community.
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Judge Sotomayor's Nomination

This morning I was touched and blessed by the tears of a Puerto Rican immigrant grandmother. She came to the U.S.
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The Good News About Yesterday's Duel

I'm in Germany at the biannual Kirchentag festival of faith of the German churches, so I missed the news and analysis of President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney's spee
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Discovering Common Ground

The media coverage and analysis of President Obama's speech at Notre Dame on Sunday largely focused o
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Thoughts on Obama's Notre Dame Address

After weeks of controversy surrounding Notre Dame's invitation to President Obama to receive an honorary doctorate as this year's commencement speaker, we have seen both the American democratic tra
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Peace in the Middle East: A Step Forward

Two days, in comparison to years of conflict, is not a lot of time, but it was long enough for a broad spectrum of Christian leaders to find hope in a growing consensus around a way forward for pea
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Justice for Vieques

For more than sixty years
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Love Your Neighbor, Love the Earth

The industrialized world's collective failure to both regulate pollution and curb gross overconsumption has put millions and billions of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people at increase
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For the Record: Still Not the Religious Left

Before our Mobilization to End Poverty, a member of our staff sent an e-mail to some members of the media in which he mistakenly referred to it as "the first big mobilization of the Religious Left
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Doing Kingdom Work

There were some remarkable outcomes to last week's Mobilization to End Poverty, with nearly 50 sponsors an
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