The Common Good

Media Advisories and Press Releases

05/06/2015
As Ben Carson begins his presidential campaign, the Circle of Protection is asking him what he would do to help hungry and poor people if elected.
05/06/2015
As Mike Huckabee begins his presidential campaign, the Circle of Protection is asking him what he would do to help hungry and poor people if elected.
05/06/2015
As Carly Fiorina begins her presidential campaign, the Circle of Protection is asking her what she would do to help hungry and poor people if elected.
05/06/2015
As Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Mike Huckabee each begin their presidential campaigns, the Circle of Protection is asking them what they would do to help hungry and poor people if elected.
04/30/2015
As U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders launches his presidential campaign, the Circle of Protection is asking him to record a video telling Americans what he would do to help hungry and poor people if elected.
04/13/2015
A large and diverse group of Christian leaders today called on lawmakers to support the recent Framework Agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.
04/13/2015
As U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio launches his presidential campaign today, the Circle of Protection is asking him what he would do to help hungry and poor people if elected.
04/12/2015
As Hillary Rodham Clinton launches her presidential campaign today, the Circle of Protection is asking her what she would do to help hungry and poor people if elected.
04/07/2015
As Sen. Rand Paul launches his presidential campaign, the Circle of Protection is asking him what he would do to help hungry and poor people if elected.
03/27/2015
The Circle of Protection today asked Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz to record a video telling Americans what he would do to help hungry and poor people if elected.
03/27/2015
The Circle of Protection today asked Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz to record a video telling Americans what he would do to help hungry and poor people if elected.
03/11/2015
Support for broad immigration reform from Congress is strong among evangelical Christians, according to a new poll from LifeWay Research.
01/15/2015
The Circle of Protection is challenging presidential candidates to appear in a video stating how they propose to provide help and opportunity to hungry and poor people in the United States.
12/15/2014
Ties with Redbook, Glamour behind O, The Oprah Magazine
11/18/2014
Coalition of Leaders Calls for End to Washington’s Game of Using Immigrant Families as Political Pawns
08/13/2014
In light of the escalating violence and humanitarian crisis that is developing in Iraq, Jim Wallis, President and Founder of Sojourners, released the following statement: "Our hearts have grown heavy as we have watched events unfold in Iraq over the last weeks and months. As a follower of the Prince of Peace, my prayers are with all those devastated by violence and persecution. Watching historic Christian communities – places where faith has been nurtured from the earliest of times – and other religious minority groups decimated by inexcusable terror is a sad reminder that sin and evil continue to fracture our hurting world. Such suffering and atrocity demand condemnation and lament. We join with those all across the globe in expressing concern for the safety of our brothers and sisters and hoping for a sustainable cessation of violence, the development of stable governance, and protection of human rights within the country. Regrettably, this ongoing crisis is the result of failed military strategies from the previous decade. American and international churches warned the United States and its allies that the likely outcome of war in Iraq would be increased terrorism and violence. Ultimately, there is no U.S. military solution that can solve Iraq’s long-term conflicts or address challenges roiling that nation. The path to stability and lasting peace involves the hard work of building a strong civil society, re-affirming robust and inclusive democratic institutions, protecting the human rights of everyone, and promoting fair and peaceful processes for resolving disputes. In this horrible and complicated crisis, may we learn how to be the peacemakers that Jesus says are the children of God."
07/28/2014
“The right to hold and practice one's religious beliefs, worship with members of a faith community, and pray according to one's conscience must be vigilantly protected and defended around the globe. Robust advocacy for religious freedom by the U.S. State Department helps to prevent violence and preserve peace; it promotes the common good and defends the God-given dignity of every human being. Given the importance of this issue in the world today, I can think of no better leader to serve as the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom than David Saperstein. As a friend and fellow advocate for justice, I know he brings the courage, dedication, and passion for protecting religious freedom that is necessary for success in this role. I commend President Obama for this nomination and I urge the Senate to quickly confirm Rabbi Saperstein to this post so that he can begin the work that is vital to our nation's foreign policy and the good of the global community.”
Breitbart 07/22/2014
Faith leaders of various denominations are interceding on behalf of Central American children now arriving at the U.S. border. This week both evangelicals and Catholics put out calls to help in various ways.
06/19/2014
WASHINGTON, DC — Millions of Americans report having experienced domestic and sexual violence. Despite the enormity of this problem, a new poll shows pastors often fail to address it appropriately and consider themselves ill-equipped to respond to incidents of violence within their communities. A survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors conducted by LifeWay Research on behalf of Sojourners and IMA World Health found that an overwhelming majority of the faith leaders surveyed (74%) underestimate the level of sexual and domestic violence experienced within their congregations. Despite its prevalence in society, two out of three (65%) pastors speak once a year or less about the issue, and when they do address the issue, they may be providing support that does more harm than good.