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In a recent decision, the Supreme Court opened the door for corporations and labor unions to contribute directly in support of political candidates. Some conservative Christian political organizations have been critical of federal limitations affecting their ability to campaign for a candidate by advancing a particular message before an election. As expected, Focus on the Family Action spokesman Tim Goeglein said his group is happy with the court's ruling.
Sojourners, the Washington, D.C.-based social ministry, put on its first Justice Revival last year in Columbus, Ohio. Dallas got the nod for the second, and planning has been underway for more than a year. About 1,000 churches and ministries have offered at least some support, and some 200 are actively involved. The social justice focus is on supporting public schools and reducing homelessness.
The press release below offers info on a fast-approaching event that's preliminary to the Justice Revival: A "Unity in the Community" festival and march will show support for the Cedar Crest neighborhood of South Dallas. Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway and Dallas Pastor Micah B. Phillips will be part of the festivities, and more than 100 others are expected to participate.
We had an editorial board meeting yesterday with Jim Wallis of Sojourners Fellowship and representatives from Justice Revival, which is hosting a news conference today in Dallas to announce a November "revival" that its supporters want to deal with poverty issues without getting sidetracked by partisan divides.
Sojourners, the Washington D.C.-based magazine and ministry that weds evangelicalism and social action, is sponsoring a Justice Revival in Dallas. The event will be Nov. 10-12, at Dallas Market Hall. The just-announced main speakers are Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners and author of such best-selling books as "God's Politics"; the Rev. Zan Holmes, longtime United Methodist pastor and community activist in Dallas; and the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.
The title of the novel, one of the all-time best selling books in history, is In His Steps. Sheldon, like many social revivalist evangelicals of his day, believed that we can be vehicles through which God brings God Kingdom to earth, as it is in heaven, by "doing what Jesus would do" in relation to every decision we make. Other socially progressive evangelical resources and figures: Sojourners magazine (, Tony Campolo, Ron Sider, and Jim Wallace.
The Justice Revival being planned for Dallas later this year will have another planning session on March 20, and Mayor Tom Leppert is expected to attend. The meeting's host is the Rev. Frederick Haynes of Friendship-West Baptist. Sponsoring the event is Sojourners, the Washington D.C. magazine and ministry. Here's a note from Aaron Graham of that organization:
The Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners has joined other faith-based group leaders in commenting on the budget priorities of President Barack Obama
"Biblical faith requires that we look our greedy system of economics in the face, and that we linger before God's offer of `a more excellent way.' And comes then the risk and the deep reliance upon manna given in the wilderness, en route to a better land, a good city, milk and honey." - Walter Brueggemann, professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga., from an essay in Sojourners.
Jim Wallis, best-selling author and founder of Sojourners - the ministry and magazine - intends to hold a "justice revival" in Dallas, and already has lined up considerable support from local churches. Here's a note from Aaron Graham, coordinator of the event, about a fast-approaching planning meeting.