The Christian Post Press Items
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.
“The faith community is ready to lead our nation’s return to a place of welcome and opportunity for everyone,” said the Rev. Jennifer Kottler, a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and director of policy and advocacy at Sojourners. “Let there be no question of where the faith community stands collectively on this issue: we stand on the side of the widow, the orphan, and the stranger among us.”
In September, progressive evangelical leader Jim Wallis, who is a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, contended that there is a need for faith-based charities to “preserve” their religious identity.
“[S]ervice provision is not the same thing as hiring,” Wallis stated in a blog found on the ministry Sojourners’ web site. “To do what they do, faith organizations must maintain their identity.”
“Teachers, social workers, small business owners and our men and women in the armed services all know what it means to sacrifice for the good of our country in tough times, and they do so with pride,” said Jim Wallis, CEO of social justice ministry Sojourners and author of the forthcoming book, Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street and Your Street – A Moral Compass for a New Economy. “I refuse to believe that Wall Street is the one place in the country that is exempt.”
The event denouncing Wall Street bonuses while calling for greater protection for homeowners was organized by PICO National Network, Faith in Public Life, Sojourners and the Center for Responsible Lending.
Still, progressive evangelical leader Jim Wallis and other religious leaders associated with the Left praised the NAE for its support of immigration reform.
“You know the wind has shifted in Congress when moderate and conservative evangelical leaders testify before the U.S. Senate in support of an earned pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants,” wrote Wallis, who is not a member of the more theologically conservative NAE, in a Huffington Post column Wednesday.
The head of the anti-poverty ministry Sojourners went on to compliment the evangelical body for setting a model for all Christians to take “seriously the call of scripture and act prophetically” when it comes to moral issues.
Religious charities that receive government funding should be allowed to keep their religious identity in terms of who they hire, says progressive evangelical leader Jim Wallis.
Though no faith-based social service provider should ever discriminate who they serve if they receive public funds, there is a need for groups to “preserve” their religious identity, the founder of Sojourners ministry wrote in his blog Friday.
“[S]ervice provision is not the same thing as hiring,” Wallis asserts. “To do what they do, faith organizations must maintain their identity.”