The Christian Post Press Items
High-profile religious leaders urged U.S. presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama to make a major commitment to fighting poverty at their respective party’s national convention.
An eternal God does not need to be defended using human violence, said the Archbishop of Canterbury this week in response to a letter by Muslim leaders and scholars. Last October, 138 prominent Muslim figures signed a letter calling for peace between Muslims and Christians. In return, over 300 Christin leaders signed a response letter. Signers included Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners; Rick Warren, founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church; John Stott, rector emeritus of All Souls Church in London; and Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals.
Iowa faith leaders are calling for immigration reform laws that would treat immigrant workers humanely in response to recent incidents involving immigrant workers in the state.
Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States, said he has been “deeply disappointed” with the “politicizing” of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives office along partisan line.
Prominent Christian leaders that spoke at the conference included Richard Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals, Jim Wallis of Sojourners, and popular author and innovative Christian thinker Brian McLaren, among others.
Speaking at the U.K. launch of his new book, “Seven Ways to Change the World,” in central London Sunday night, Wallis said Christianity is reviving and that it is time for Christians to answer the two great spiritual hungers of the world today – the hunger for spirituality and the hunger for social justice.
"They're (young religious voters) leaving the Republican Party in droves, but they're not automatically Democrats," said Jim Wallis, best-selling author of God’s Politics and The Great Awakening, to The Associated Press.
But the Rev. Jim Wallis, who is considered the face of the religious left, highlighted how fast the evangelical agenda has broadened to include poverty, Iraq, health care, climate change, and torture.
Nationally prominent members of The Compassion Forum Board include...the Rev. Jim Wallis, editor-in-chief of Sojourners...
The Christian right leaders’ call to expand the agenda was readily received by panelists the Rev. Jim Wallis, who represented the Christian left, and the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who considers himself an evangelical centrist.