The Common Good

Media Advisories and Press Releases

07/26/2007
Compassionate conservatism has been on life support for the last several years of this administration. President Bush's threatened veto of SCHIP will officially pronounce it dead.
05/16/2007
Washington, DC – (Wednesday, May 16, 2007) Sojourners, the largest national network of progressive Christians, announced today that it will host a candidates forum on faith, values, and poverty on Monday, June 4, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. featuring the three leading Democratic presidential contenders: Senator Hillary Clinton, former Senator John Edwards, and Senator Barack Obama. CNN has joined Sojourners as a media partner and has agreed to broadcast the forum live from the campus of George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Sojourners 05/07/2007
(Washington, DC) – Evangelical Christians from across the ideological spectrum today launched a national grassroots and ad campaign calling for comprehensive immigration reform that is consistent with biblical values. Ads announcing the campaign ran in Roll Call and CongressDaily today to coincide with the launch. Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CCIR) will place ads nationally and locally in newspapers and on the radio, and mobilize at least 200,000 letters, tens of thousands of calls, and hundreds of lobby visits to Members of Congress by the August recess.
05/03/2007
(Washington, DC) – Evangelical Christians from across the ideological spectrum will launch a national grassroots and ad campaign calling for comprehensive immigration reform that is consistent with biblical values Monday at 11:30 AM on Capitol Hill. Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform will mobilize at least 200,000 letters, tens of thousands of calls, and hundreds of lobby visits to Members of Congress by the August recess. Ads announcing the campaign will run in Roll Call and CongressDaily on Monday to coincide with the launch.
04/30/2007
Washington, D.C. (April 30, 2007): Sojourners magazine, a monthly progressive Christian publication founded in 1971, received 17 awards at the Associated Church Press annual convention last week in Chicago. This is the fourth straight year the magazine has been named the "Best in Class" in the Ecumenical General Interest category. Other Awards of Excellence (first place) included:
04/12/2007
Prominent religious leaders and anti-poverty advocates will engage in a panel discussion and town hall forum on poverty and the Philadelphia mayoral race from a faith perspective from 3-5 pm on Sunday, April 29, 2007 at the Church of the Holy Trinity (1904 Walnut Street). This event is presented by Sojourners/Call to Renewal, and is free and open to the public.
03/12/2007
Christian Peace Witness for Iraq will begin with a worship service on Friday, March 16 at Washington National Cathedral to be attended by more than 3,500 Christians from 48 states, followed by a candlelight procession through the center of our nation’s capital to the White House, where thousands of Christians will surround the White House bearing the light of peace, and 700 will risk arrest by remaining in prayer in front of the White House. The service begins at 7 p.m., and the White House vigil will begin at 10:30 p.m. It will be the largest Christian peace demonstration, as well as the largest single civil disobedience action at the White House, since the beginning of the Iraq war four years ago.
02/26/2007
Washington, D.C. – (Monday, February 26, 2007) A delegation of U.S. religious leaders returning from a week-long trip to Iran held a press conference in Washington, D.C. today to brief reporters on their meetings with the Iranian president and Iranian religious leaders. This is the first religious delegation to meet with an Iranian president in Iran since the revolution in 1979. Their prepared statement can be found below. The 13-person religious delegation, which included Jeff Carr, Chief Operations Officer of Sojourners/Call to Renewal, traveled to Iran to encourage a dialogue in the hope of averting a war. Delegation members discussed with government officials the political situation inside Iran, Iranian foreign policy, and Iran’s nuclear energy program. In the coming weeks, the group will meet with members of the U.S. Congress, informing them of what the delegation heard from leaders in Iran and suggesting ways to begin lessening current tensions. “I am convinced that the only path for a true and lasting peace with justice will require that we find a way to tell our stories and to have our stories heard,” said Carr. “Then we must begin to write a new narrative together, one that comes out of humility, mutual respect, and shared understanding. May God help both our nations and peoples to begin the healing and reconciliation process so we may avoid war and build that lasting peace.”
02/23/2007
A delegation of U.S. religious leaders returning from a week-long trip to Iran will hold a Washington, D.C. press conference on Monday, February 26 to brief reporters on their meetings with the Iranian president and Iranian religious leaders. This is the first religious delegation to meet with an Iranian president in Iran since the revolution in 1979. The 13-person religious delegation, which included Jeff Carr, Chief Operations Officer of Sojourners/Call to Renewal, traveled to Iran to encourage a dialogue in the hope of averting a war. The group is scheduled to meet with the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on Saturday before flying back to Washington. The religious leaders will brief members of Congress on the result of their trip in the coming weeks. “I am convinced that the only path for a true and lasting peace with justice will require that we find a way to tell our stories and to have our stories heard,” said Carr. “Then we must begin to write a new narrative together, one that comes out of humility, mutual respect, and shared understanding. May God help both our nations and peoples to begin the healing and reconciliation process so we may avoid war and build that lasting peace.”
02/20/2007
Washington, D.C. ----- (Tuesday, February 20, 2007) Thousands of Christians---Evangelicals, Protestants, and Catholics--- from across the country will worship together on March 16th to mark the fourth anniversary of the Iraq War with public prayer, a candlelight procession through the center of the nation’s capital, vigils in cities and towns throughout the country and a protest culminating with 1500 Christians surrounding the White House with the light of peace. The Christian Peace Witness, organized by a broad cross section of Christian denominational peace groups and organizations, is expected to be the largest peace gathering of Christians expressing opposition to the war since it began four years ago. Prominent religious leaders and peace activists, including Jim Wallis, Celeste Zappala, Bernice Powell Jackson, and Raphael Warnock will speak at a worship service, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C on Friday, March 16, 2007.
The Weekly Standard 02/19/2007
"I think we can be a bridge that doesn't exist otherwise," United Methodist lobby official Jim Winkler told his denomination's news service. ""We are trying to change U.S. foreign policy from one based on confrontation, domination and intimidation to one of peace and cooperation and diplomacy." The delegation was organized by the Washington, D.C. lobby offices of the Quakers and the Mennonites and is a follow up of sorts to a meeting that several dozen religious officials, including Winkler, had with Ahmadinejad in New York last October. This time, the group will also meet with former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami, who spoke at the Episcopal Church's National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. in September. Besides Winkler, the Quakers, and the Mennonites, the delegation to Iran includes representatives from the National Council of Churches, Sojourners (Jim Wallis' evangelical-left group), and Pax Christi, a liberal Catholic group.
02/13/2007
“A growing number of American evangelical Christians, mainline Protestants, and Catholics believe that a diplomatic solution is possible in Iran and the only path to real security for all people living in the Middle East,” said Carr. “Americans are realizing that the Iraq War is causing greater instability, and continuing bloodshed, throughout the region. We pray that dialogue with various people in Iran may offer new hope in this tense time between our countries.” Rev. Carr will be blogging about the visit at www.GodsPolitics.com.
12/01/2006
Washington , D.C. – In accepting Sen. Harry Reid’s unprecedented invitation, Rev. Jim Wallis will become the first nonpartisan religious leader to speak on the Democratic Party’s weekly radio address, broadcast nationally on radio stations everywhere this Saturday, December 2, 2006 . Rev. Wallis has become a leading progressive evangelical voice calling on both parties to set a new and different tone for our public discourse.
11/08/2006
In this election, both the Religious Right and the secular Left were defeated, and the voice of the moral center was heard. A significant number of candidates elected are social conservatives on issues of life and family, economic populists, and committed to a new direction in Iraq. This is the way forward: a grand new alliance between liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, one that can end partisan gridlock and involves working together for real solutions to pressing problems.
11/06/2006
Jim Wallis, bestselling author of God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It, and founder of Sojourners/Call to Renewal, commented today on Ted Haggard’s time of trial in a blog entry entitled “We Are All Sinners.” Deeply saddened, Wallis writes, “Some critics of religion, and evangelicals in particular, will say this situation shows that all Christians and their leaders are hypocrites. That’s not true, but it does remind us that all Christians, and their leaders, are sinners with their own “darkness” in deep need of the light of Christ.”
09/28/2006
More than 100 Christian, Muslim, and Jewish religious leaders released a statement titled “Words, Not War” calling for direct talks with Iran and condemning military action as a solution to the nuclear standoff. In a conversation with the press, Jim Wallis explained: “We, as people of faith, take the threat of nuclear weapons very seriously. But in the present nuclear standoff and showdown between the U.S. government and Iran, we don’t believe there are any military solutions.”
09/25/2006
Expecting nearly 2,000 religious voters for a Candidates’ Public Meeting on Values, the organizers of Voting Our Faith 2006 are waiting for confirmations from candidates running in tightly contested races in Ohio. This historic candidates’ forum has been organized by The AMOS Project and Sojourners/Call to Renewal with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as a co-sponsor. To date, several weeks after the invitations were sent, the following candidates are eager to meet with religious voters and have accepted the invitation: Candidates Sherrod Brown, John Cranley, Victoria Wulsin, Phil Heimlich, and David Pepper.
09/20/2006
Sojourners/Call to Renewal applauds the recent introduction of two pieces of legislation in the House of Representatives aimed at dramatically reducing abortions in this country. We hope these two bills (the Abortion Reduction Act and the Pregnant Women Support Act) will help deepen the national conversation and lead to concrete action.
09/19/2006
The Red Letter Christians, a newly formed group of progressive religious leaders, launched its Voting Our Values campaign with Sojourners/Call to Renewal at the National Press Club yesterday. The Red Letter Christians, who are a mix of evangelical, mainline Protestant, and Catholic leaders, speak in a diverse chorus of voices on the importance of a broader and deeper national conversation on faith and politics.
09/18/2006
As electoral campaigns are heating up around the nation, “Values Voters” are under intense scrutiny by the media and political operatives. The Christian Right has often implicitly defined “values voters” as the powerful white evangelical Christian segment of the voting electorate. Yet, among religious voters, even among white evangelicals, there is a growing progressive Christian segment. These religious voters are the other “values voters” who are asking for a different moral agenda, beyond the narrow monologue of the Christian right about gay marriage and abortion. Over 18 months ago, Jim Wallis’ best-selling God’s Politics: Why the Left Doesn’t Get It and the Right Gets it Wrong started the conversation about faith and politics in public life. On the eve of the Christian Right’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, Jim Wallis will introduce the media to the Red Letter Christians, who are progressive religious leaders committed to speaking biblically about a moral agenda that will unite rather than divide Americans.