The Common Good

Media Advisories and Press Releases

Sojourners 01/09/2006
More than 1,600 people from across the country are expected to participate in Politics and Spirituality: Seeking a Public Integrity, a sold-out conference that will feature the political, literary, and spiritual gifts of three nationally renowned speakers and authors: Jim Wallis, Anne Lamott, and Father Richard Rohr. The conference is timely for a nation torn and divided by political strife and yet somehow seeking the Beloved Community uplifted by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sojourners 12/21/2005
Statement by Progressive Evangelical Leader, Jim Wallis, on Immoral Budget Narrowly Passed by Senate Today
Sojourners 12/09/2005
"The House, in approving a budget bill last month that cuts food stamps, health care, child care and more, ignored the needs of the poor. Yesterday, it followed the recent pattern of designing a tax bill that foremost benefits the wealthiest. These decisions do not reflect that best of our nation’s priorities."
Sojourners 12/02/2005
Sojourners is alarmed and saddened by the kidnapping of four Christian Peacemaker Teams members - Harmeet Sooden, Jim Loney, Norman Kember, and Tom Fox - in Baghdad on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005. We are afraid for their lives and pray for their speedy release.
Sojourners 11/18/2005
The prophet Isaiah said: "Woe to you legislators of infamous laws" who refuse justice to the unfortunate, who cheat the poor among my people of their rights, who make widows their prey and rob the orphan." Today, I repeat those words. When our legislators put ideology over principle, it is time to sound the trumpets of justice and tell the truth.
Cindy Sheehan, mother of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq, and Sojourners' editor Rose Marie Berger - with 370 antiwar activists from around the country - are in Washington, D.C. this week to take part in a historic trial of those arrested at the White House on September 26, 2005.
Sojourners 11/10/2005
As Christian journalists visiting Jordan, we join people of faith and good will around the world in condemning yesterday's terrorist attacks in Amman. We have observed among the gracious, hospitable people here the same shock and grief many of us in the U.S. experienced following the attacks on our own country on 9-11.
Sojourners 11/03/2005
Following the press conference today near the Senate floor, four prominent religious leaders and nearly 20 others walked in silence to the U. S. Capitol Rotunda and held an impromptu meeting with Speaker Dennis Hastert before a brief protest of public prayer.
Sojourners 10/19/2005
Jim Wallis, executive director of Sojourners and convener of Call to Renewal, praised Senate Agriculture Committee Chair, Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), today for saving the popular Food Stamp Program from nearly $574 million in spending cuts.
Sojourners 09/15/2005
On the first day of the World Summit, Jim Wallis led an interfaith delegation of nearly twenty American religious leaders in calling on the Bush Administration to join other nations in committing to end global poverty and fully embrace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A memorial service, press conference and afternoon of prophetic preaching on the MDGs marked the first day of a three day vigil of prayer and fasting in Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza in New York City this week.
Sojourners 07/27/2005
Washington, D.C. - (July 27, 2005) With a full page ad in today's <I>Roll Call, </I>Sojourners and Call to Renewal launch a faith-based, grassroots campaign seeking to broaden the congressional debate on proposals to protect and strengthen Social Security. Today's ad and the campaign to enlist thousands of people of faith throughout the country are titled: "Social Security: A Covenant for the Common Good."
Sojourners 06/30/2005
With growing crowds of the faithful praying in front of the Embassy of Sudan, Worship in the Spirit of Justice will focus this Sunday on the government of Sudan, urging its leaders to protect the defenseless in Darfur. Main Speaker: Rev. Rich Cizik, National Association of Evangelicals.
Sojourners 06/27/2005
In an historic gesture of unity, a distinguished and diverse delegation of U.S. religious leaders depart today for a transatlantic religious leaders' Forum on the upcoming G8 Summit. Over 35 British and American leaders of churches and faith-based organizations will gather this week in London for an ecumenical Forum to discuss, pray, and reflect on the tragedy of global poverty.
Sojourners 06/23/2005
In a historic moment of unity and commitment to reducing global poverty, a distinguished and diverse delegation of U.S. Religious Leaders will depart for a transatlantic religious leaders' forum on the G8 Summit
Sojourners 06/17/2005
<b>"Worship in the Spirit of Justice,"</b> an initiative to mobilize people of faith in MD, VA, and DC for five Sundays of public worship and political witness around the theme of justice and peace in Africa, especially in Darfur, Sudan.
Call to Renewal 05/31/2005
A gathering of leaders from across the country in our nation’s capital, the One Table conference will provide educational opportunities, strategy and training seminars, worship services and action in an effort to combat hunger and poverty in the United States and the world.
Sojourners 05/12/2005
Sojourner's benefit concert featuring entertainment by socially-conscious musician Carrie Newcomer. Jim Wallis, author of the <I>New York Times</I> best selling book <I>God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It</I>, and editor of Sojourners Magazine will bring a special message about progressive faith and politics.
Sojourners 03/18/2005
Washington, DC – March 18, 2005 – Thousands are expected to convene this weekend in churches, town halls and on street corners across the country for a series of more than 800 vigils to mourn and honor the lives lost in the war with Iraq. The nationwide vigils are being organized by Sojourners – a leading peace and justice organization in the progressive faith community since 1971 – with the support of local activists and MoveOn.Org, True Majority, Working Assets, and numerous other national grassroots and faith-based organizations.
Sojourners 03/16/2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Forty years ago last week, the world was shocked by images emanating from Selma, Alabama, where state troopers and local police attacked peaceful marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. John Lewis, a leader of the march and now a member of Congress, recently called the incident, which came to be known as "Bloody Sunday," a "pivotal moment" in the civil rights movement.
Sojourners 02/16/2005
Advocating "bridges not wedges," Mr. Wallis will speak on Sunday night to and for an ever-growing segment of the Christian church who feel their faith has been hijacked for political and ideological purposes, and who do not want to see Christian values reduced to the two hot-button issues of abortion and homosexuality.