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Speaking at a 2006 Call to Renewal conference, organized by the religious anti-poverty group Sojourners, Obama said secular Americans were wrong to ask churchgoers to "leave their religion at the door before entering the public square."
Washington-based Sojourners says the pipeline "would have been a backward step in the administration's professed commitment to investing in clean and renewable energy sources."
Sojourner's spokesman Tim King says the administration decision shows "profits aren't the only part of the equation." King says "God gave believers the responsibility to care for the Earth."
Another delegation was scheduled to arrive in New Orleans on Tuesday for an interfaith prayer service and tour. Among the participants are Jim Wallis of the progressive Christian group Sojourners and Rabbi David N. Saperstein of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Both have served on President Barack Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
"This could be the real signature issue of this council," said Jim Wallis, founder of the liberal Christian social-justice network Sojourners. "If we're going to pursue this — and we must — you need to break up the left-right culture-wars polarities."
"What the president should do — and I believe would do — is find a church home that's good for his family," said Jim Wallis, a progressive evangelical who speaks with White House aides several times each day and Obama frequently.
Jim Wallis, a member of the new advisory council, downplayed the significance of the hiring issue. He said it came up only once in transition meetings, and that poverty, human trafficking and the Middle East were discussed in much more detail.
"I'm sure it will come up, but it's not the dominant issue," said Wallis, founder of the liberal Christian social-justice network Sojourners.
"We have trusted the invisible hand so much that we forgot to bring virtue to bear on our decisions so the invisible hand has let go of some important things, like the common good," said theologian Jim Wallis, CEO of Sojourners USA.
"The common good has not been very common in our decision-making about economics for a long time," he said.
"We have trusted the invisible hand so much that we forgot to bring virtue to bear on our decisions so the invisible hand has let go of some important things, like the common good. The common good has not been very common in our decision-making about economics for a long time." — Theologian Jim Wallis, CEO of Sojourners USA.
On Wednesday, a National Prayer Service will be held in the National Cathedral to cap the inauguration. Among the participating clergy will be the Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell and the Rev. Jim Wallis, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Christian and social activists see opportunity in an unconventional presidential race and a spiraling national economy: pushing poverty as an election issue. "I feel more momentum, energy and focus on poverty than I have in churches in three decades or more," said evangelical Jim Wallis, chief executive officer of Sojourners social justice ministries in Washington, D.C.