The Common Good

Media Advisories and Press Releases

Washington, D.C. December 13, 2013 – Sojourners magazine received the first-place Folio Award in the largest and most inclusive magazine competition in the country. Sojourners was honored with the Gold “Eddie Award” for Religious/Spiritual Magazine. “From its beginning 40 years ago, Sojourners was never just a magazine,” said editor Jim Rice. “We’ve always seen ourselves as a vehicle for social change, a tool for activism. At the same time, even with our deepest mission in mind, we’ve sought the highest levels of journalistic excellence, bringing a faith perspective to bear on social and political issues of our day. So it’s especially gratifying to be honored in the most prestigious magazine competition there is.”
In response to the passing of Nelson Mandela, Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners, issued the following statement.
Growing income inequality threatens the core of who we are as a nation. A society where a few people have a lot and most people don’t have enough is a society that has forgotten the basic biblical teachings about economic justice. These debates are never just about economic policy, but about our deepest values and priorities.
In a direct challenge to Rep. Steve King (R) of Iowa and those who share his views, Sojourners President Rev. Jim Wallis called racism a major contributing factor in some conservatives’ opposition to immigration reform, while lauding Republicans who have stood up for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States. Sojourners has launched a cable news ad campaign on the Christian Broadcasting Network in Rep. King’s district with a stereotype-shattering ad that documents the story of an undocumented pastor.
At the end of a year that exposed the racial tension that still exists both in the United States and the church, Sojourners is releasing the One Church | One Body pledge signed by over 75 faith leaders from across the country. The One Church | One Body pledge is a nationwide call for churches and faith leaders to be the multiracial and multiethnic body of Christ that they were created to be.
WASHINGTON – Ahead of expected key Congressional votes on a deal to fund the government, clergy and religious leaders will gather tomorrow on the steps of the U.S. Capitol for a sunrise service of prayer and scripture as a part of the continuing “Faithful Filibuster.” Organizations represented in Wednesday’s sunrise service include the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Sojourners and the Salvation Army. A representative from the National Association of Evangelicals is also expected to take part in the service.
WASHINGTON – Clergy and religious leaders will gather across from the U.S. Capitol tomorrow to read the more than 2,000 verses of Scripture charging humanity to care for hungry and poor people. This “Faithful Filibuster,” which will include leaders from the National Association of Evangelicals, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bread for the World and Sojourners, will begin at 2 p.m. EST on Oct. 9 and will continue at the beginning of each day’s session of Congress.
WASHINGTON, DC-- After a summer that exposed the racial tension that exists in America and the church, Sojourners will host a special screening and discussion of the upcoming film 12 Years a Slave on Wednesday, October 9, at 6pm at the Regal Cinemas Gallery Place theater.
Washington, DC, September 30, 2013 – On the eve of a possible shutdown of the U.S. government, religious leaders denounced the political brinkmanship prevailing in Congress today. “Shutting down the government will do real damage,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, speaking at a press conference today. “Risking our nation’s creditworthiness will do even more damage. Most clearly, the disruption and uncertainty will put the brakes on our economy.”
Christian leaders today urged members of the House of Representatives to oppose measures that would cut SNAP (the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) by nearly $40 billion over the next 10 years, which would hurt the most vulnerable, including seniors, children, and the working poor.
“We applaud the President’s decision to pursue the new international opportunity to remove Assad’s chemical weapons and postpone military strikes. As religious leaders we are committed to the harder and more imaginative work of peacemaking, rather than falling into the old habits of war; and to focus on the priority of millions of Syrian refugees and millions more in jeopardy within the country.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. —It first appeared that U.S. military strikes on Syria seemed like a forgone conclusion. But as opposition to U.S. military involvement in Syria grows, faith leaders have begun speaking out and providing the President a diplomatic off-ramp for air strikes.
Huffington Post 09/06/2013
When a head of state is responsible for the deaths of 100,000 of his people and has used chemical weapons against innocent civilians -- the world needs to respond. In one massive attack, the evidence appears to show that 1,429 people, including 400 children, suffered horrible deaths from chemical weapons banned by the international community. That is a profound moral crisis that requires an equivalent moral response. Doing nothing is not an option. But how should we respond, and what are moral principles for that response?
Local Pastors Join Effort in More Than 50 Key Districts as Members of Congress Hear from Constituents
Today, on the eve of a critical August recess for immigration reform, over 300 evangelical leaders from across the nation made the pilgrimage to Capitol Hill to pray and urge congressional leaders in both parties to come to agreement and pass immigration reform that respects the rule of law, keeps families together and is compassionate.
As the House considers its next steps on immigration reform, hundreds of evangelicals and evangelical leaders from across the country will mobilize on Capitol Hill Wednesday to urge action. As a capstone to the Pray for Reform campaign, participants will bring their prayers for lawmakers and for broad immigration reform directly to congressional offices.
In light of the President’s announcement of his Administration’s plan to address climate change, over 200 leading evangelical scientists held a press call to announce the release of a letter calling on Congress to lead on the issue of climate change. The letter urges Congress to pass meaningful legislation during this Congress to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment for future generations while also strengthening the country’s outlook for the economy.
Ahead of the key House GOP conference on immigration being held tomorrow, national and local evangelical leaders came together to unveil a trio of actions they’re taking to support members who stand up for immigration reform. Now more than ever, these influential leaders are calling on their legislators to pass commonsense immigration reform that is compassionate and just.
The 5-4 decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court is morally shameful. This decision jeopardizes equal justice under the law especially for black, Hispanic, and low-income people. Section 4 was specifically used in the 2012 election to prevent new voter suppression.
At this historic moment for immigration reform, we applaud the efforts of those in the Senate who have sought commonsense solutions that respect the God-given dignity of every person by creating an achievable earned pathway to citizenship. As the immigration debate moves from the Senate to the House we stand with evangelicals around the country in praying that our nation’s leaders will honor the beliefs and values of this great nation by finding solutions to bring 11 million people out of the shadows by offering an achievable earned pathway to citizenship.