Baptist Press Press Items
Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, are scheduled to square off in a debate Oct. 19 as part of a second-annual Washington D.C. summit for values voters.
According to recent estimates, at least 400,000 people have died in Darfur since the genocide in the North African country began in early 2003. Darfur, located in western Sudan, has been targeted by the Sudanese military and government-financed militia. Approximately 3.5 million people, mostly Muslim, are the prey in the violence and forced starvation.Wallis, acknowledging evangelicals rarely speak with a “monolithic voice,” said, “When an issue is not about Republicans or Democrats, conservatives or liberals, even Christians or Muslims, when it’s about compassion and the commands of God, which this is about, you are going to see us come together across our sometimes differences and other questions.”
More than 1,000 members of the religious left, including Jim Wallis and Tony Campolo, gathered at All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington May 17 for a “Spiritual Activism Conference.” Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan also made an appearance. “We didn’t get on the same page with everyone, and it is about getting on the same page,” Campolo, a well-known American Baptist speaker and a professor of sociology at Eastern University in Pennsylvania.
"I am delighted that Jim Wallis and others have come forward to say, 'Yes, there needs to be a debate and you cannot disqualify people of religious belief from bringing their religious beliefs and religious convictions, and how that forms their moral values, into public policy.'"