The Common Good

Media Advisories and Press Releases

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.
With a final Senate vote on broad, bipartisan immigration reform expected by the end of this week, evangelical leaders are holding daily prayer gatherings near the U.S. Capitol. Today, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) hosted the prayer gathering, at Peace Circle.
As Evangelical Christians we are very grateful the spirit of bipartisanship shown by the Senate Judiciary Committee in advancing legislation that reflects our nation’s best values on immigration. This shows political courage for the common good.
In response to immigration reform talks and surrounding debate this week, Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners, issued the following statement.
President Obama’s budget proposal is a serious, responsible plan for addressing our nation’s economic challenges. The fiscal choices we make reveal what we value the most as a nation and indeed scripture tells us that countries will be judged on how they treat the most vulnerable
Standing in a field of more than 3,300 grave makers, including crosses, stars of David, and other religious symbols, on the National Mall, Newtown clergy, the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners, the Rev. Michael McBride of PICO National Network and others will begin a 24-hour vigil in the shadow of Capitol Hill at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, April 11. The clergy will call on Congress to vote on the gun violence prevention legislation expected soon on the floor of the Senate.
Jim Wallis on the selection of Melissa Rogers as Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Today, the Evangelical Immigration Tableannounced an advertising campaign in support of immigration reform on 15 Christian radio stations in South Carolina. The advertisement, which will run at saturation levels for two weeks, features Spartanburg County Rev. Jim Goodroe, urging support for immigration reform based on biblical principles. Goodroe, who participated in the call, also co-authored an op-ed in today’s Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C.
Ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on whether to impose an assault weapons ban and enact other gun violence prevention initiatives, more than 4,000 religious leaders from all 50 states joined senior clergy in Newtown, Connecticut, in sending an open letter to U.S. senators urging them to pass comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation. Thea clergy are asking senators to pass legislation that includes a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, enforceable universal background checks, an end to gun trafficking, and prosecution of straw purchasers.
After meeting with President Barack Obama and other faith leaders to discuss immigration reform Rev. Jim Wallis, the President and CEO of Sojourners, has released the following statement:
As the political blame game for the March 1 sequester heats up, nearly a 100 national Christian leaders released a pastoral letter to President Obama and the leaders of Congress calling for an end to the political brinksmanship that is slowing the nation’s economic recovery. The letter asks both the Democrats and Republicans to replace poverty with opportunity.
Response from Jim Wallis to President Obama's State of the Union Address. Calls on lawmakers from both parties to find common ground for the common good. Rev. Jim Wallis, the President and CEO of Sojourners, has released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address tonight:
REV. JIM WALLIS COMMENDS ACTION FROM CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT OBAMA Wallis declares now is the time for immigration reform In response to President Obama’s speech on comprehensive immigration reform, Rev. Jim Wallis has released the following statement:
REV. JIM WALLIS AFFIRMS CITIZENSHIP PRINCIPLES FROM GANG OF EIGHT Wallis Reinforces Evangelicals’ Efforts to ‘Welcome the Stranger’ In response to today’s announcement from the Gang of Eight on the agreed upon principles for comprehensive immigration reform, Rev. Jim Wallis has released the following statement:
On Monday, Jan. 14, during a telephonic press conference, the Evangelical Immigration Table, a group of influential evangelicals who support immigration reform, will reach out to political leaders and more than 100,000 churches as it launches the “I Was a Stranger” immigration prayer challenge.
Christian Leaders Call for New Revenue to Protect Programs Serving Low-Income People