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Associated Baptist Press Press Items
“We believe that the provisions [of the Senate version of the bill] below provide extensive evidence that longstanding restrictions on federal funding of abortion have been maintained. Furthermore, this bill provides new and important supports for vulnerable pregnant women,” said a March 11 letter from a group of prominent evangelical and Catholic activists and academics including Baptist leaders Jim Wallis, David Gushee and Glen Stassen.
Last week the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships issued its report to the president, culminating a year of efforts in rethinking the relationship between faith groups and the federal government. Their report is a major contribution to our national life...
Jim Wallis, a politically progressive evangelical and longtime advocate for the poor, said Christians should stop watching or listening to broadcaster Glenn Beck for remarks urging people to leave churches that preach "social justice."
Signers included high-profile evangelical leaders Ron Sider, president of Evangelicals for Social Action; Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners; Joel Hunter, senior pastor of Northland Church in Longwood, Fla.; and Brian McLaren, author, speaker and founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in Spencerville, Md.
Official signers include Joel Hunter, senior pastor of Northland Church in Longwood, Fla.; author, speaker and activist Brian McLaren; and Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners.
Christian leaders in the United States with diverse viewpoints on homosexuality are joining forces to protest a Ugandan proposal to punish homosexual behavior with imprisonment or even death. Catholic, evangelical and mainline Protestant leaders including Ronald Sider, president of Evangelicals for Social Action; Jim Wallis of Sojourners; and author and speaker Brian McLaren endorsed a Dec. 7 statement denouncing the Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2009, currently before Uganda's Parliament.
In a Dec. 2 blog, Jim Wallis, president and executive director of the Christian social-justice organization, said he believed the decision by President Obama to send additional troops to Afghanistan was a mistake. "We needed a new approach to the very difficult and complicated situation in Afghanistan, and this isn't it," Wallis wrote. "We were promised fundamental change in the direction of U.S. policy around the world, and this isn't it. We were promised change we can believe in, and this military escalation is not something many of us as faith leaders can believe in."
In the Dallas area, churches are participating in a new kind of revival -- one that takes notice of the 5,800 homeless people and the 89 percent of Dallas high school seniors who are not college- or career-ready when they graduate. And they are setting aside differences to follow God’s command to help the least of these. The Justice Revival is a faith-based event attempting to unite Christians across denominational lines, mobilizing churches to improve public schools and end chronic homelessness by creating permanent supportive housing.
Progressive evangelicals including Jim Wallis of Sojourners, mega-church pastor Joel Hunter and Derrick Harkins, pastor of Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington, meanwhile, called the measure both moral and necessary.
Jim Wallis, president and founders of Sojourners, a lead sponsor the Mobilization to End Poverty initiative scheduled April 26-29, said Christians of all stripes have been coming together for some time around the issue of reducing poverty.