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Jim Wallis of Sojourners is the chief icon for the Evangelical Left. In 2008 he was prominently supportive of Obama, about whom he rhapsodized in nearly messianic terms. He is commonly described as a spiritual advisor to the Obama White House. During last summer's debt ceiling crisis, he helped organize the "Circle of Protection" church coalition that effectively sided with Obama against congressional Republicans.
"Secular Americans tend to view evangelicals as some monolithic community that moves in political lockstep. In fact, America’s evangelicals have a vocal liberal minority—15 percent of evangelicals, according to a study by Third Way—epitomized by leaders such as Jimmy Carter or Jim Wallis."
The authors were pleased that Obama shared many of the concerns of evangelicals like promoting fatherhood initiatives, reducing poverty and making abortions rare and raved that Obama’s new advisory council which includes members like Jim Wallis and Pastor Joel Hunter was a “sign of hope.”
Jim Wallis, who is the founder and editor of Sojourners, a progressive Christian magazine, spends much of his time traveling the country talking to students and meeting with evangelical leaders. Wallis believes the future of the country is in the hands of moderate evangelical voters. He estimates, based on polls and personal experience, that about half of evangelicals are the immovable Religious Right but the other half are open to, if not hungry for, progressive leadership.
McLaren has begun to try to put his concern for Darfur into action by organizing a series of public worship services (called <A HREF="http://www.worship4justice.org/index.html">Worship in the Spirit of Justice</A>) on five consecutive Sundays in Washington. He has teamed up with Sojourners, a Washington-based evangelical ministry dedicated to social justice, and several other religious organizations to draw attention to the U.S. government's inaction in Darfur.
With war looming, American anti-war activists have concluded that there is one man who might possibly cause George W. Bush to modify his course of action: British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
"I believe that our culture does celebrate secular values over religious ones and that people of faith are largely expected to stay in the closet. <b><i>Sojourners' Duane Shank in Round Three of an online conversation.</i></b>
While some have applauded Lieberman's call for a religious renewal of America, others say he is threatening the separation of church and state. <b><i>Sojourners' own Duane Shank in Round Two of the discussion.</i></b>
While some have applauded Lieberman's call for a religious renewal of America, others say he is threatening the separation of church and state. <b><i>Sojourners' own Duane Shank joins Round One of the discussion.</i></b>