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Jim Wallis, CEO of Sojourners, is a bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life. He recently served on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and currently serves as the chair of the Global Agenda Council on Faith for the World Economic Forum.
Jim's latest book is On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good, which was published by Brazos Press in April 2013. His most recent book is Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street — A Moral Compass for the New Economy. Jim's two previous books, 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 were both New York Times bestsellers.
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Jim is president and CEO of Sojourners where he is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine, which has a combined print and electronic media readership of more than 250,000. Jim frequently speaks in the United States and abroad. His columns appear in major newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe . He frequently appears on radio and television, as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News — on shows such as Meet the Press, Hardball, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The O’Reilly Factor, and on National Public Radio.
January 29, 2010
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He teaches a course on “Faith, Social Justice, and Public Life” at Georgetown University and has also taught at Harvard University. He has written 10 books, which include Faith Works: The Soul of Politics: A Practical and Prophetic Vision for Change; Who Speaks for God? A New Politics of Compassion, Community, and Civility; and The Call to Conversion.
Jim Wallis was raised in an evangelical family in the Midwest. 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. While 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 which has now grown into a national faith-based organization. In 1979, Time magazine named Jim 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 was on a book-writing sabbatical from January to April 2012.