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The biblical story of David and Goliath was used by the Rev. Adam Taylor, director of campaigns and organizing of Washington, D.C.-based Sojourners to illustrate the Church’s response to HIV/AIDS. He said David’s five smooth stones used to defeat Goliath can be compared to the five “resources” God has given to the church to overcome the epidemic.
Earlier this year American evangelicals, long credited with having a powerful and vigorous voice in national politics, weighed in on the issue. The Evangelical Climate Initiative (ECI), backed by such evangelical celebrities as Rick Warren and Jim Wallis, launched in February and stated, “Climate change is happening and is being caused mainly by human activities, especially the burning of fossil fuels.” The declaration also included a call for the federal government to “pass and implement national legislation requiring sufficient economy-wide reductions in carbon dioxide.”
More than 15,000 teenaged Lutherans were encouraged to answer the call to "clear up the confusion about faith" during the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's 2006 Youth Gathering. Enlarge this Image (Photo: ELCA News Service) More than 15,000 Lutheran youth gathered in San Antonio, Texas, for the 2006 ELCA Youth Gathering. "You've got a job as a new generation," the Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of the progressive Sojourners magazine and organizers of the Call to Renewal, told the young adults. "There is a lot of confusion about what we mean by faith, by religion...your job is to clear up the confusion."
An audience of more than 600 people listened attentively to Sen. Obama at National City Christian Church as he gave his first-ever major speech on the intersection of politics and his faith during the Amos and Joseph Award Ceremony hosted by the Christian ministry Sojourners. Obama, currently the only black senator, was the recipient of the 2006 Joseph Award, given to a person in a position of influence who uses the position to benefit those in poverty.
"Pro-Life Progressivism" must sound as oxymoronic to some citizens as "Pro-Choice Conservatism" must sound to others. That's the fix we're in, and have been, since 1973, after Roe v. Wade, when defining groups often found it feasible to organize people, raise funds, defame "the other," and stop thinking. The Future of Pro-Life Progressivism." Among the contributors are people one takes seriously (or, at least, I take seriously), such as Jim Wallis, Sidney Callahan, Ted Jelen, and John Witte.
Jim Wallis, founder and editor of Sojourners magazine, has been actively campaigning to open up a biblical moral agenda among evangelicals that includes opposition to poverty, the death penalty, protection of the environment, and opposition to war in Iraq, which he said in one interview that most Christians around the world oppose.
The Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of the Sojourners ministry, issued the call to prayer. He was one of the speakers at the Spirituality and Politics: Seeking a Public Integrity conference, co-organized by Sojourners and the Center for Contemplation and Action.
With closed registration and a full waiting list, the Albuquerque, N.M.-based Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) and Washington, D.C.-based Sojourners are less than a week away from holding their three-day conference, "Politics and Spirituality: Seeking a Public Integrity."
Jim Wallis, convener of Sojourners and Call to Renewal, stressed, the faith community is driven to get "very involved" with "bold, dramatic action on behalf of the poor."
"Woe to you legislators of infamous laws who refuse justice to the unfortunate, who cheat the poor among my people of their rights, who make widows their prey and rob the orphan," said Jim Wallis, Convener of Sojourners and Call to Renewal, quoting the prophet Isaiah.