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Several of the speakers are conservative politically but liberal on immigration.
The two biggest names are Jim Wallis, president of the social-justice group Sojourners, and Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The two men represent opposite ends of the spectrum politically, Ruby said, with Wallis on the left and Land on the right.
Concerned pastors are making a statement to Congress today: Don't balance the federal budget on the backs of the poor.
Never one to shy away from political controversy, the Rev. Jim Wallis is urging candidates of all political flavors to tone down the incendiary rhetoric leading up to Tuesday's election.
Many religious groups have been focused on poverty issues this year. On Sunday, churches across the country are participating in Poverty Sunday, during which pastors will discuss economic issues and ways to help.
But today, a group of evangelicals and Catholics said they were encouraged by the proposed Democratic platform, which includes a commitment to reduce the number of abortions with prenatal care, income support and adoption programs.
Among the signers: Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; megachurch pastor and well-known Christian author Max Lucado; and Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners, a social-justice group.
Perhaps this generation that is focused on social justice and putting its faith into action has been no better illustrated in central Ohio than during the Justice Revival, a three-day event capped by a day of community service held in Columbus in April. More than 10,000 people attended the events or helped in the service projects, and about half were younger than 35
The 50 projects included cleaning parks, rehabbing homeless shelters, organizing food pantries and hosting barbecues and gasoline-giveaways in poor neighborhoods. The work was the culmination of the Justice Revival, a three-day event organized by 40 area churches and Sojourners, a Washington-based social-justice organization.
The Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners, said God has signed up Christians for living out his purpose in the world."Tonight, and this week, we're calling for the kind of conversion that can change lives, neighborhoods and this world," Wallis said. He wants to unleash "a new generation of abolitionists."
For the record, my religious and moral view is that abortion is wrong. I am committed to what the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin called "a consistent ethic of life," which recognizes that life is created in the sacred image of God and is entitled to respect and dignity, however it is threatened.