Religion News Service Press Items
Lisa Sharon Harper, director of mobilizing for the progressive Christian group Sojourners, left her prayer on the page, which reads in part: “Dear God, please move in the hearts of our legislators. Ignite in them a deep desire for the common good. Give them courage to lead and not merely follow the direction of the pundits and polls.”
Duane Shank, a senior policy adviser at the Washington-based group Sojourners, said he is more concerned about weapons actually being in the church.
New ads by Rabbis for Human Rights , United Methodist Women, and The Sojourners have tapped into the rich religious commandment to “love thy neighbor” to remind all of us to love our neighbors.
“Across the political and theological spectrum, the faith community is putting aside differences and taking up the biblical vocation of protecting the poor and bringing their stories and struggles to light,” said Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, a progressive Christian group based in Washington.
"To roll back tax credits for the poor to help fund tax breaks for the rich is simply morally reprehensible," said the Rev. Jim Wallis, president and CEO of the social justice organization Sojourners, who called the federal budget a "moral document" that should transcend party politics.
Wallis, president and CEO of the social justice organization Sojourners, said change will depend on evangelicals uniting together for the cause. “Big things don’t change in Washington first. They change in the nation’s capital last," he said. “Together we will create a national groundswell for comprehensive immigration reform."
Part Clinton Global Initiative, part TED Talk, the conference is designed to highlight the best ideas rather than condemning the nation’s ills. Presenters are allocated three, nine, or 18 minutes to talk. Participants sit at round tables instead of rows, and time is built in for participants to reflect and talk about what they’ve heard.
That kind of format allows Q to include both Richard Land from the religious right and Jim Wallis from the religious left; both will share the stage Tuesday to discuss areas of potential agreement.
President Obama agrees with religious officials' concerns about protecting the poor as Washington debates the nation's debt ceiling crisis, according to leaders who met with him this week.
WASHINGTON (RNS) As President Obama prepared plans to bring a limited number of U.S. troops home from Afghanistan, a group of 40 religious leaders called for the president to “bring the war in Afghanistan to an end.”
(RNS) A coalition of Catholic, evangelical, black and Latino Christian leaders have formed a "Circle of Protection" against U.S. budget cuts to poverty-fighting programs, gearing up for battle when Congress reconvenes next week.