The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) Press Items
Before he spoke at Dillard University last month, the Rev. Jim Wallis, founder and president of Sojourners Magazine, recalled talking to another clergyman worried that the food stamp program creates dependency.
The Rev. Jim Wallis, founder and president of Sojourners Magazine, has been one of the people of faith at the U.S. Capitol for the last week daily praying and reciting the 2000 Bible verses that mandate concern for the poor. Their prophetic exhortations are particularly relevant now that the government has shut down and so many federal employees have been subsisting without paychecks. But even during less urgent moments, Wallis has routinely put the concerns of the poor in the forefront and challenged our nation's leaders to govern with a sense of compassion.
The Rev. Jim Wallis, an author and advocate for social justice, will speak Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium at Dillard University. The free lecture is the first of a series of events that will culminate in Walter M. Kimbrough's inauguration Saturday as Dillard's seventh president.
Writer and social activist Jim Wallis arrived in New Orleans this week bearing what he called "good news" and "better news."