The Common Good

7 Faith Stories That Shaped 2013

Date: December 18, 2013

Here’s our look back at seven major news stories that shaped the Church, Christian culture and faith in 2013...
Immigration Reform
For years, immigration reform had been seen as a politically divisive issue that Christian leaders, for the most part, remained silent on. But 2013 saw the creation of the Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition of evangelical leaders seeking to find compassionate solutions and new ways to reform the United States’ immigration law. The initiative brought together voices from across the evangelical spectrum, from denominational leaders, from the Southern Baptist Convention’s Dr. Richard Land and National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson to activists like Sojourners President Jim Wallis and political voices like Samuel Rodriguez. Since they’ve formed, the group has launched awareness efforts (including the “I Was a Stranger” campaign) and prayer initiatives to unite Christians and empower churches to come together to use their influence to encourage Washington to make meaningful changes to the country’s immigration policy.