Juicy Ecumenism Press Items
Signers include National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell D. Moore, Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Sojourners’ Jim Wallis, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori, Anglican Church in North America Archbishop Robert Duncan, United Methodist Bishops Ken Carter of Florida & Mark Webb of Upper New York, United Theological Seminary President Wendy Deichmann (United Methodist), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Metropolitan Methodios of Boston, Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, Focus on the Family Founder James Dobson, Beeson Divinity School Dean Timothy George, Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary President Dennis Hollinger, Willow Creek Pastor Bill Hybels, Northland Church Pastor Joel Hunter, National Religious Broadcasters President Jerry Johnson, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Prison Fellowship Ministries President Jim Liske and Institute on Religion & Democracy President Mark Tooley.
Progressive evangelicals gathered over Thanksgiving weekend at the Chicago YMCA in 1973 to draft the Declaration of Evangelical Social Concern. Among the attendees was Jim Wallis, Ron Sider, Robert Weber, William and Ruth Bentley, John Howard Yoder and, somewhat reluctantly, the founding editor of Christianity Today, Carl F.H. Henry. The group gathered, Balmer said, “to emphasize social sins as vigorously as personal sins” to denounce the nation’s reliance on the military, the materialism of culture, racism, male domination and the lack of concern for the poor.