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The Washington, DC-based Sojourners will post several billboards within the next seven to ten days which will read "Love Your Muslim Neighbors." The billboards will be located off of I-75 near the I-75/I-475 interchange, which is near the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, which was recently the target of an arson attack.
"The Line," a new documentary by Sojourners, wants viewers to reconsider many of the stereotypes people have about those living in poverty. In a panel discussion following the film's Tuesday premiere in Washington, D.C., promoters said they hope the film will encourage voters to ask political candidates to talk more about how they would address poverty if elected.
Obama spiritual adviser Jim Wallis of Sojourners has condemned a pro-Israel ad in the New York subway system-describing jihadists as "savages" -- an ad that has divided NYC and resulted in a high profile arrest of a Muslim activist who spray painted graffiti on one of the ads.
In addition to Gushee, the first panel for the day included Lisa Sharon Harper, director of Mobilizing for Sojourners and the founding executive director for the organization New York Faith & Justice; Geoff Tunnicliffe, CEO of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA); and Kate Gould, lead lobbyist on Middle East Policy Issues for the pacifists Quaker group Friends Committee on National Legislation.
Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, also referenced Matthew 25 in his remarks. "The biblical prophets clearly say that a nation's righteousness is determined by how it treats its poor and vulnerable. And Jesus could not be more clear in the 25th chapter of Matthew, the ways that we treat the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the homeless, the sick, the prisoner -- all those left out and left behind -- is the way we treat him."
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has issued an executive order denying driver's licenses and other benefits to anyone that takes advantage of President Barack Obama's executive order allowing the children of undocumented immigrants to remain in the country without the threat of deportation. Sojourners, a politically liberal evangelical advocacy organization, delivered a petition Thursday with close to 7,000 signatures to Brewer asking her to reverse that decision.
Jim Wallis, CEO of Sojourners, could be described by some as the evangelical opposite of Richard Land. The two Christian men routinely appear on stages together to discuss – and at times debate – the issue of faith and public policy in America. But what they agree on more than makes up for the issues where they differ. "When we disagree, we disagree respectfully," Wallis told The Christian Post. "Richard and I first met at a reception years ago and quickly became good friends. And since then, have become very close. I am proud to call him a friend."
On April 17, 2012, I sat in Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226 where the Senate Judiciary Committee was holding its first hearing on racial profiling since before the attacks of September 11, 2001. In the wake of the Trayvon Martin case, multiple elected officials, police chiefs, professors, and legal experts testified. As if from inside an echo chamber, one expert after another reinforced lived experience with proven statistical data: Not only does racial, ethnic, and religious profiling violate the civil rights of U.S. citizens, but this kind of profiling also makes law enforcement less (not more) effective.
Also last week, a group of influential evangelicals that included the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission's Richard Land, Focus on the Family's Jim Daly and Sojourners' Jim Wallis encouraged Congress and President Obama to take a more compassionate approach to dealing with some of the nation's illegal immigrants.
Many evangelical leaders have signed the statement, including Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (he was not with NAE at the time he signed) and senior pastor of Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, Minn.; Rob Bell, former senior pastor of Mars Hill, Grandville, Mich.; Andy Crouch, editorial director of The Christian Vision Project for Christianity Today; David Gushee, professor of ethics, Mercer University, Atlanta, Ga.; Joel Hunter, senior pastor of Northland, A Church Distributed, Longwood, Fla. and a senior editorial adviser for The Christian Post; Brian McLaren, Emergent leader; Ron Sider, president of Evangelicals for Social Action; Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners; and Rick Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, Calif.