The Common Good

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Both Catholic and evangelical voices are well represented in the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which includes: Dr. Frank S. Page, president emeritus of the Southern Baptist Convention; Father Larry J. Snyder of Catholic Charities USA; the Rev. Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor of Northland, a Church Distributed; the Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners; and Richard Stearns, president of World Vision.
“The idea that policies which benefit the wealthiest automatically benefit everyone has proven false,” said the Rev. Jim Wallis, president of the progressive social justice ministry Sojourners, during a discussion event on Monday. "The president's budget is a step toward restoring the value of the common good. It is a step to rebalance our priorities, protect the vulnerable, and strengthen our economy."
“The moral test, the religious test, and the biblical test of any society is how we treat the poorest and most vulnerable,” said the Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners and co-chair of The Poverty Forum. “That’s a reversal of the logic of this town (Washington, D.C.), but that is the condition that brings us here together across political boundaries.”
“We are in a new moment here. We have a new president talking in new ways about a lot of things,” said the Rev. Jim Wallis, president and executive director of Sojourners, a progressive social justice ministry. “So at this moment we call upon President Obama and the new congress to demonstrate moral courage to pass immigration policies that uphold the moral fabric of the nation.”
Jim Wallis, founder and president of the Christian social justice ministry Sojourners, praised Cizik for putting creation care and climate change among the priorities of the evangelical movement, and for broadening the group’s agenda to include global poverty, human trafficking, religious liberty, the genocide in Darfur, and foreign policy issues like torture and nuclear weapons.
Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners and a progressive evangelical, commented to The San Francisco Chronicle: "Black and Latino Christians led the surge this time. They were engaged by the Obama campaign, and they were in alliance with a whole new generation of the faithful, of young believers - evangelical, Catholic, mainline Protestant, Muslim, Jewish – who joined together with different people of faith and color. Around 30 percent of young evangelical voters came out for Obama. That's very significant."
More than 100 Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders signed onto a statement Monday to call on the U.S. government to work across party lines to create a human rights-based recovery policy for Gulf Coast families affected by hurricanes. Faith leaders that signed the statement included the Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners.
Much has been made of the Democratic Party’s new platform plank on abortion. Jim Wallis has hailed the new language as “an historic step forward.” Is it?
The Democratic National Convention looks different this year as Christian and other religious leaders take center stage this week as part of the Democrats’ effort to show a more faith-friendly image to American voters. Prominent Christians who will be involved in events at the Convention include progressive evangelical leader the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners and the Rev. Otis Moss Jr. of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.
"In three decades I've never seen this sort of student-youth involvement," said Jim Wallis, author of the best-seller The Great Awakening, according to The Associated Press. "I do think there's a major shift under way."