The Common Good

Choosing a President: What do Evangelicals Really Want?

Source: Sojourners
Date: January 16, 2008

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Contact: Jason Gedeik, Sojourners, (202) 745-4633, media@sojo.net

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CHOOSING A PRESIDENT: WHAT DO EVANGELICALS REALLY WANT?
Panel of Key Evangelical Leaders to Discuss Effects of New Moral Agenda on 2008 Elections

WHAT: Hosted by Sojournersand Beliefnet in collaboration with the National Association of Evangelicals Christian Student Leadership Conference (CSLC): An interactive panel discussion with evangelical leaders on the significant yet very different role that religion is playing in this presidential election compared to that of 2004. Once a reliable base of support for Bush's presidency, the evangelical voting block has eroded as their priorities have expanded beyond a narrow agenda based on gay marriage and abortion. White Evangelicals constitute roughly 26% of the electorate, and at least half of them are moderate or even progressive now and genuinely "in play" this election season. This diverse panel will tackle what the new evangelical agenda means for the outcome of the primaries, the presidential race and more importantly, the future of America.

WHO: --

Rev. Jim Wallis, Founder and CEO of Sojourners, and best-selling author of God's Politics and The Great Awakening (Harpers One, January 22, 2008) --

Richard Cizik, Vice President for Governmental Affairs, National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) --

Bishop Harry Jackson, Senior Pastor, Hope Christian Church (D.C.) and founder and Chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition --

Lynne Hybels, co-founder of Willow Creek Community Church (Barrington, IL), author of Nice Girls Don't Change the World --

Rev. Joel Hunter, Senior Pastor, Northland Church (Orlando, FL), author of A New Kind of Conservative and former President of the Christian Coalition --

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and recently profiled in Newsweek Magazine --

Rev. Cheryl Sanders, Senior Pastor, Third Street Church of God & Professor of Christian Ethics, Howard University School of Divinity

Moderated -- Steve Waldman, co-founder, CEO, and Editor-in-Chief of Beliefnet.com by: -- David Kuo, Washington Editor for Beliefnet.com and the NY Times best-selling author of TEMPTING FAITH: An Inside Story of Political Seduction

WHEN: Wednesday, January 23rd @ 1:00 P.M. EST

WHERE: Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University 805 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20052

Jim Wallis follows up his New York Times bestseller God's Politics with a call to action for people who want to address urgent problems that politics has failed to solve. The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America (HarperOne, January 2008) heralds a new era for faith and politics. For more information visit: www.sojo.net/greatawakening # # #