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Sojourners Press Items
In an historic gesture of unity, a distinguished and diverse delegation of U.S. religious leaders depart today for a transatlantic religious leaders' Forum on the upcoming G8 Summit. Over 35 British and American leaders of churches and faith-based organizations will gather this week in London for an ecumenical Forum to discuss, pray, and reflect on the tragedy of global poverty.
In a historic moment of unity and commitment to reducing global poverty, a distinguished and diverse delegation of U.S. Religious Leaders will depart for a transatlantic religious leaders' forum on the G8 Summit
<b>"Worship in the Spirit of Justice,"</b> an initiative to mobilize people of faith in MD, VA, and DC for five Sundays of public worship and political witness around the theme of justice and peace in Africa, especially in Darfur, Sudan.
Sojourner's benefit concert featuring entertainment by socially-conscious musician Carrie Newcomer. Jim Wallis, author of the <I>New York Times</I> best selling book <I>God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It</I>, and editor of Sojourners Magazine will bring a special message about progressive faith and politics.
Washington, DC – March 18, 2005 – Thousands are expected to convene this weekend in churches, town halls and on street corners across the country for a series of more than 800 vigils to mourn and honor the lives lost in the war with Iraq. The nationwide vigils are being organized by Sojourners – a leading peace and justice organization in the progressive faith community since 1971 – with the support of local activists and MoveOn.Org, True Majority, Working Assets, and numerous other national grassroots and faith-based organizations.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Forty years ago last week, the world was shocked by images emanating from Selma, Alabama, where state troopers and local police attacked peaceful marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. John Lewis, a leader of the march and now a member of Congress, recently called the incident, which came to be known as "Bloody Sunday," a "pivotal moment" in the civil rights movement.
An Indigo Girl - and dad - talk about music as the mediator between God and our souls.
Advocating "bridges not wedges," Mr. Wallis will speak on Sunday night to and for an ever-growing segment of the Christian church who feel their faith has been hijacked for political and ideological purposes, and who do not want to see Christian values reduced to the two hot-button issues of abortion and homosexuality.
Because of a deep and growing concern about an emerging national "theology of war," the increasingly frequent language of "righteous empire," and official claims of "divine appointment" for a nation in a "war" on terrorism, more than 200 seminary and college professors have signed "Confessing Christ in a World of Violence."
An independent study by an ethics professor at Fuller Theological Seminary who is also trained in statistical analysis finds that, contrary to popular assumption, abortion has risen in the U.S. during George W. Bush's presidency and that the increase is linked to economic policy.