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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.

  • Jim's upcoming public events can be found HERE.

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 18 hours 7 min ago
After a detailed and thorough investigation over many months, the devastating report revealed a police force and court system in Ferguson that proves true virtually everything young protestors and local residents have been saying since the shooting of Michael Brown last August.
Posted by Jim Wallis 1 week 1 day ago
While Bill O’Reilly rightly condemns ISIS as evil, he frames the conflict as a “holy war” that ISIS is waging against the West, Christians, and anyone else who does not share ISIS’ extreme views. ... While it’s a common Fox practice to turn everything into a partisan issue against President Obama, O’Reilly is also spreading a very dangerous theology.
Posted by Jim Wallis 2 weeks 22 hours ago
Lent must be a time to reflect and repent — in our own lives, in our churches, and in our nation. It’s time to turn around.
Posted by Jim Wallis 3 weeks 1 day ago
'You should never be proud of doing what’s right. You should just do what’s right.'
Posted by Jim Wallis 4 weeks 1 day ago
I want to introduce you to Rev. Darren Ferguson, a pastor who first found his faith while in prison for attempted murder. ... Darren has become an ally, partner, brother, and dear friend. And I want you to hear his whole story. It’s one of mass incarceration and the broken criminal justice system, but it’s also a story of hope — and it has the power to inform and change.

Articles by Jim Wallis

There is no "symmetry" in the violence of the Middle East today. 

Congressional leaders on both sides must be convinced to put people above party. 

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.