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For example, after a forum last month for Democratic candidates that was organized by Sojourners, a liberal evangelical group, some conservative bloggers attacked Mrs. Clinton’s professions of faith as "a little too convenient," "a little too timely" and "a little too scripted."
In a post-forum wrap-up, the Rev. Jim Wallis, founder and editor of Sojourners and a tireless campaigner to get poverty on the nation’s political agenda, told Ms. O’Brien: “We were off to a good start tonight. Finally, a better conversation about faith and values.”
Each is aiming to make historic inroads among evangelical Christians and other committed churchgoers who have up to now been most linked with the Republican base. The candidates appeared eager not just to discuss their policies but also to discuss their personal faith journeys as they spoke, one after another, at George Washington University.
While the religious views of Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and former Senator John Edwards received wide coverage at Monday’s forum organized by the evangelical group, Sojourners, four other Democratic presidential hopefuls also had a chance to weigh in during the second hour.
Mr. Warren, along with Mr. Hybels, 55, and several dozen other evangelical leaders, signed a call to action last year on climate change. The initiative brought together more mainstream conservative Christian leaders with prominent liberal evangelicals, such as the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners
When 10 Republican presidential candidates assemble on a stage Tuesday night in South Carolina for their second debate, viewers will get a reminder of how the sheer size of the field in both parties limits the opportunities for probing questioning. But one organization is trying to draw a line. Sojourners, a liberal Christian organization, will sponsor a Democratic presidential forum, but has invited just three of the nine Democratic contenders — Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards – based on their double-digit standings in national polls.
Immigration “for us is a religious issue, a biblical issue,” said the Rev. Jim Wallis, president of a liberal evangelical group, Call to Renewal, and a member of the coalition. “We call it welcoming the stranger.”
By Mr. Silk’s definition, the ideal candidate for Riverside’s pulpit might be the Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of the religious social-action group Sojourners and author of such books as “God’s Politics.” Unfortunately for Riverside, and revealingly for mainline Protestantism’s dilemma, this leading liberal minister happens to be an evangelical Christian.
His embrace of faith was a sharp change for a man whose family offered him something of a crash course in comparative religion but no belief to call his own. ''He comes from a very secular, skeptical family,'' said Jim Wallis, a Christian antipoverty activist and longtime friend of Mr. Obama. ''His faith is really a personal and an adult choice. His is a conversion story.''
WASHINGTON, March 17 — Thousands of demonstrators marched to the Pentagon on Saturday to mark both the fourth anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq and the 40th anniversary of the march along the same route to protest the Vietnam War. The march coincided with other demonstrations in Washington, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and elsewhere in advance of the March 20 anniversary of the invasion. The liberal group has held many small protest vigils around the country. And in Washington on Friday night a coalition of liberal Christian groups, including Sojourners/Call to Renewal, led several thousand people in a march that began with a service at the National Cathedral. More than 200 participants were arrested praying in front of the White House, the police said.