The Christian Post Press Items
Ahead of the summit, Christian leaders from the World Evangelical Alliance, the Salvation Army, the Anglican Communion, Micah Challenge and Sojourners sent a letter to the U.S., the African Union and the European Union calling for a "clear and strong commitment" to the promises made.
The Rev. Jennifer Kottler, an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), has no doubt that progressive Christians have had significant influence in the latest "legislative victories."
While there wasn't a lot of success in their efforts to raise such issues as poverty in the 2004 election, Kottler said that they've focused on getting more of the progressive Christian voice out there "so that it's not only the voices on the right that are getting through."
An annual Christian music festival has drawn unexpected controversy over one of its featured speakers – Jim Wallis.
Though Wallis is among some 58 speakers this year at Lifest, some local Christians have protested his appearance and one sponsor recently pulled its support.
The religious leaders, which include the Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners and the Rev. Dr. Andre Karamaga, general secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches, have called specifically for concrete actions to meet the immediate needs of the world’s most vulnerable, to prioritize long-term environmental sustainability, and to work for peace and remove factors that feed into violent conflict.
“It is not only mean-spirited – it will be ineffective and will only serve to further divide communities in Arizona, making everyone more fearful and less safe,” said the Rev. Jim Wallis, president/CEO of Sojourners. “Enforcement without reform of the system is merely cruel. Enforcement without compassion is immoral. Enforcement that breaks up families is unacceptable.”
When asked if the covenant was a response to the bitter health care debate, Aaron Graham, justice revival director at Sojourners, said it was not.
"This project has been several months in the making, so the primary motivation was not the health care debate," said Graham in an e-mail. "The recent health care debate is just another example of the many culture wars facing the church and society that desperately need more civility."
A high-profile delegation of religious leaders will meet with senior White House officials on Monday to push for a committed timeline for immigration reform to be moved forward in Congress. The delegation includes: the Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners; the Rev. Peg Chamberlain, president of National Council of Churches; and the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.
Ahead of the expected health care bill vote this weekend, pro-life Christian leaders and members of Congress assured Americans that there is no federal funding for abortion in the Senate version.
Other evangelical leaders that signed the letter included the Rev. Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners; Joel Hunter, senior pastor of Northland Church; Dr. David P. Gushee, chair of New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good; and Brian McLaren, author and founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church.
Glenn Beck, a Mormon, said the word “social justice” is code for communism and Nazism.
“Beck says Christians should leave their social justice churches,” wrote the Rev. Jim Wallis, CEO of the social justice ministry Sojourners, in response to Beck’s comments.
Signers of the Feb. 23 letter include Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners; Joel Hunter, an evangelical megachurch pastor in Orlando and a member of President Obama’s faith advisory council; Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism; and Morna Murray, president of Catholics in Alliance.