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This table brings together more than 140 evangelicals spanning the ideological spectrum, from the liberal-leaning such as Jim Wallis of Sojourners, to the more-conservative Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Colorado Springs' own Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family. Matthew Ayers, director of Dream Centers of Colorado Springs, a New Life Church-driven nonprofit, and Danny Garrido, pastor of The Crossing Church, are also signatories.
Jim Wallis, a veteran of the evangelical left who in 1971 founded the social-justice ministry Sojourners, penned one of the best-known works. God's Politics: Why the Right Gets it Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It, embodies the movement's refusal to align with partisan ideology.
Wallis criticizes the right for defining "moral values" in terms of homosexuality and abortion, to the detriment of concerns over poverty, the environment, criminal justice and war. And he criticizes the left for an elitism that alienates many people of faith.