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This week, Washington saw a high-profile example of another new way conservative evangelicals and Catholics are teaming up in public more — a summit around poverty.
Butler is looking for ways to infuse some of what has made evangelicalism thrive into a more progressive form of Protestantism, two forms of Christianity usually seen at odds with one another.
There was Obama press secretary Jay Carney’s daughter (Carney hitched a ride in the motorcade to catch the game). Jim Wallis’s (a former member of Obama’s faith council) son. On one team was senior Obama adviser David Plouffe’s son. And NBC’s “Meet the Press” host David Gregory’s son and daughter are teammates with Carney’s kid.
"Don't go left, don't go right, go deeper." This has been the longtime mantra of Jim Wallis and his organization Sojourners, a Christian social justice group that he presides over and helped found in the 1970s. Today Wallis is a leading voice on the intersection of faith and politics, one often known to counterbalance the religious right (though he himself doesn't identify as liberal).
Sojourners founder Jim Wallis is regarded as an accomplished public speaker, but he grew up with a stutter.
The report, by the institute’s Governance Studies Program, is based on polling and interviews with many of the top players of Washington’s religious left. This includes John Carr, formerly of the U.S. Bishops Conference, evangelical writer Jim Wallis and Rabbi David Saperstein of the Reform Jewish movement.
The moral case for reform as an alternative to an unacceptable status quo — a humanitarian crisis that is hurting untold numbers of people — has motivated many evangelicals to get involved in the push to fix the immigration system. And today, evangelical writer Jim Wallis makes that moral case by painting a vivid picture of the dilemma the country currently faces:
The government shutdown in October left little to make us proud. But three Republican senators—Susan Collins (Me.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)—were an exception to the rule. The framework begun by the three women is credited with helping to form the Senate deal that finally ended the 16-day shutdown. All of which makes us wonder: What might happen if women, and their tendency toward more collaborative leadership, held more seats in Congress?
Back on the Mall, the four original fasters ended their protest after 22 days. They were replaced by eight other people who continued the fast. They include Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., Bernice King, a pastor and the daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and about a dozen Democratic members of Congress have come by to offer support.
Medina's fast will also be continued by Rev. Jim Wallis, of Sojourners.