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11/09/2012
In our most recent special post-election edition of the HomeBrewed Christianity CultureCast, we sat down with Jim Wallis, head of Sojourners, political activist and change-agent for the common good among the political elite in Washington DC. You can check out the entire episode by CLICKING HERE, but this is a transcription of our discussion particularly about immigration reform and what we might expect in the coming months from Washington on this issue.
07/20/2012
When you factor in the vast amount of theological (and political) diversity in the world’s religions, from indigenous traditions to pacifist Quakers, the amount of room between, say, “religious left” titan Jim Wallis and Rev. Dennis “non-Christians get out” Terry, starts to seem pretty arbitrary to those outside the halls of power looking in.
06/18/2012
My good friend Isaac Villegas and I also had a friendly debate recently in the pages of Sojourners Magazine about the virtues and the dangers of “stability.”
06/16/2012
On the heels of that event, Csinos and McLaren have just published “Breaking the Bubble Wrap,” the cover story to the latest issue of Sojourners magazine, in which they continue this conversation about “nurturing an incurable, chronic, and healing passion for justice” in children and youth.
06/13/2012
In this piece, Lisa chats about The Gospel & God’s governance. (An outtake from The Work Of People films with Lisa coming out this Fall).
06/04/2012
As Tim King wrote for Sojourners several months ago, even when he was a cash-poor twenty-something earning a small nonprofit salary while living in expensive Washington, DC, his education, stable housing, steady employment, and regular access to food meant he “was quickly approaching the 1 percent.”
05/01/2012
The thing about Paul Simon's songwriting, a thing that he himself has expressed recently, is that you don't ever really know exactly what he's on about, but you know he's on to something. His latest album, "So Beautiful or So What" is all about God. I mean, it's right there in every song, and yet it took reading a write up by Cathleen Falsani of Sojourners in order for Simon to realize it. He was so amazed by her discovery that he called her. Paul Simon. Called her. To talk about his songs.
03/21/2012
Mike and Karla Yaconelli had talked for years about the idea of doing something similar in the USA. Robin Fillmore and a group of people involved with Sojourners had also been in dialogue about this idea. Once we found this synergy, a team of people came together to work on a feasibility study about the possibility of launching a US festival.
03/07/2012
In contrast, a much more sensible position was outlined in Jim Wallis’ bestselling 2005 book God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It. Wallis reminds us that there is more to “moral values” than who marries whom. Social justice and inclusion are moral values too. Wallis relatedly highlights that there is more to upholding the “sanctity of life” than opposing abortion; war and capital punishment concern the sanctity of life. Wallis frequently summarizes his point by asking, “When did becoming a Christian mean being pro-rich, pro-war, and pro-Republican?” He means that Jesus, as depicted in the Gospels, seems much more pro-poor and pro-peace.
02/07/2012
Since last September, Sojourners has explored the meaning of “evangelical.” Such conversations have supplemented more academic analyses by political scientists and sociologists.