Religion News Service Press Items
Several Christian leaders said Wednesday (Nov. 14) that while immigration reform is necessary, the faith community needs to help bridge the gap between immigrants and a society that often rejects them..."How we talk about undocumented people is a matter of ... life and dignity," said the Rev. Jim Wallis, founder and CEO of Sojourners/Call to Renewal.
Liberal evangelical author and activist the Rev. Jim Wallis called abortion "the third rail of American politics" and said the bill "fits where the American people are."
Beckmann, who was joined by the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners/Call to Renewal and high-ranking clergy from other churches, said commodity payments often go to the wealthiest farmers, leaving the majority of the nation's farmers without that income support.
The coalition is generally in support of the bill, but says it should be expanded to cover prostitution within the United States. In fact, they want Congress to equate pimping in the U.S. to international human trafficking, and make it easier to prosecute those who hire out prostitutes. It's an argument that has found an unlikely assortment of allies ranging from Gloria Steinem on the left through progressive Christian leader Jim Wallis to evangelical and Southern Baptist leaders on the right.
Praying for a presidential conversion but vowing a crusade if they don't get one, Democrats joined religious leaders Tuesday (Oct. 2) to protest President Bush's anticipated veto of a popular health insurance plan for low-income children.
The Rev. Jim Wallis, a best-selling author and head of Sojourners/Call to Renewal, a progressive Washington-based social justice group, agrees, arguing that clergy sometimes need to be ahead of their churches.
Earlier this month, Sojourners/Call to Renewal, an nationwide network of liberal evangelicals, hosted a conference and a Democratic presidential forum dedicated in part to discussing poverty reduction.
Sometimes ministers need to take prophet positions different than the views of their church members, said Jim Wallis, a best-selling author and head of Sojourners/Call to Renewal, a progressive Washington-based social justice group.
Hosted by Sojourners/Call to Renewal, a Washington-based network of evangelical social justice advocates, the forum provided an opportunity for Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards to answer questions on poverty, prayer and policy.
The Rev. Jim Wallis, best-selling author and evangelical activist who heads Sojourners/Call to Renewal, said having only three candidates participate allows for "a more thoughtful, more in-depth conversation."