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Jeff Jacoby writes that “in God’s eyes, a society is judged above all by its concern for the unfortunate,’’ but he is offended by a political campaign by Jim Wallis and the Sojourners community against cutting federal funds for the vulnerable in our society.
That is what advocates of immigration reform are hoping. Yesterday, the Rev. Jim Wallis, an evangelical Christian who supports the reform effort, met with officials at the White House, urging them to take advantage of the momentum from health care passage.
"There's a real chance here of taking this to a different place," said Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, a progressive Christian activist group, who will serve on Obama's interfaith advisory council. "The office recommits our nation to the necessary and positive vision of partnership between the public sector and the faith community."
Supporters and activists are also pondering exactly what their relationship with Obama's administration will be, knowing their job will entail both supporting initiatives they like and challenging ones they don't.
"What's the dance?" Jim Wallis, a prominent liberal evangelical pastor and activist, asked at a gathering of civic leaders at the Kennedy Library in Boston last week. "What's the choreography?"
"The banning-abortion position, conservatives will admit, is not a realistic one in this country - it's never going to happen, and they admit it's not going to happen," said Jim Wallis, a leading progressive evangelical. "Maybe abortion reduction could result in a more prolife outcome than taking what have become symbolic stances that are never going to be achieved" in the United States.
James Yee delivers a lecture at the Trinitarian Congregational Church on Walden Street in Concord as part of the annual Al Filipov Peace and Justice Forum, whose organizers are dedicated to questioning America's military responses to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Forum speakers have included Paul Rogat Loeb, an activist and lecturer who wrote "Soul of a Citizen," a book about overcoming cynicism and powerlessness to build communities, and Jim Wallis, editor of Sojourners magazine, which sees its mission answering the biblical call to social justice, according to its website.
Adam Taylor, the senior political director at Sojourners, an evangelical antipoverty organization, said DuBois became "part of a loose network of progressive-minded Christians" who have been meeting in Washington for the past few years.
I was among the young Christians who traveled to Park Street Church last month to hear Jim Wallis's call for social justice ("A new generation awakens," Op-ed, March 12), and I can testify that a generational shift is indeed underway within American Christianity.
Among the most prominent champions of a new evangelical agenda is Jim Wallis, the chief executive of Sojourners, a Washington-based organization that advocates for a Christian approach to social justice issues.
Nearing completion of a degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, [Aaron Graham] was tracking the national conversation over the state of evangelicalism, and found himself strongly drawn to those who feel that the evangelical movement nationally has become overly aligned with one party - the Republicans - and obsessed with sexual mores. A more directly Christian focus, he believed, should be on the poor. He had caught the eye of Jim Wallis, the founder of Sojourners magazine, whose national profile skyrocketed with the publication of his 2005 book, "God's Politics."