United Methodist News Service Press Items
The Rev. Jim Wallis, the evangelical who heads the progressive Christian group Sojourners, took strong issue with recent comments by Wayne LaPierre, the outspoken executive vice president of the National Rifle Association. Wallis called LaPierre’s statement after Newtown that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” “morally mistaken” and “religiously repugnant.”
The Rev. Jim Wallis, president and founder of Sojourners, said immigration “is one of our issues.”
“When government officials tell us who we can and cannot help they are telling us about our ministry. They can’t do that. When they tell us not to do our ministry, we will tell them we plan to engage in civil disobedience.”
[Bishop Gregory Palmer] spoke during a July 10 telephone press conference organized by Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. He was joined by bishops and pastors from the Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and United Church of Christ.
Nearly 3,000 Christians united around the cross to protest U.S. involvement in the war in Iraq at an event that included worship, a four-mile candlelit procession to the White House and the arrest of more than 100 people in an act of civil disobedience.
"We are here tonight simply and resolutely to begin to end the war in Iraq," said the Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners/Call to Renewal at the worship service March 16 at the National Cathedral. "This is not a protest. It is an act of faith. It will take faith to end this war."