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Jim Wallis to participate in the National Prayer Service Commemorating President Obama’s Inauguration

Source: Sojourners
Date: January 16, 2009

Contact: Jason Gedeik, Sojourners, (202) 230-2555, jgedeik@sojo.net

Jim Wallis to participate in the National Prayer Service Commemorating President Obama's Inauguration

Responsive Prayer to Include Interfaith Group of Religious Leaders

WASHINGTON, DC - January 16, 2009 - The Presidential Inaugural Committee today announced that Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States and author of The Great Awakening, was among a diverse selection of religious leaders asked to give the responsive prayer during the National Prayer Service. The service will take place on the morning of Wednesday, January 22, 2009 at the National Cathedral and will be attended by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, and members of their families. The National Prayer Service will include scripture readings, prayers, hymns and blessings delivered by faith leaders from across the United States to celebrate the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States. The service is traditionally attended by the president and vice president; members of the Supreme Court, Congress and the diplomatic corps including a host of clergy members and dignitaries.

Jim Wallis will be joined by two members of Sojourners Board of Directors who will also participate in the National Prayer Service. Rev. Sharon Watkins, president of the 700,000 member Disciples of Christ Church, will give the sermon during the National Prayer Service while Rev. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, general secretary of the Reformed Church in America, will be giving the benediction.

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Jim Wallis is a bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, preacher, and international commentator on religion and public life, faith and politics. Jim Wallis is the founder and president of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States focused on the biblical call to social justice. Wallis is also author of the New York Times bestseller God's Politics, which electrified Americans hungry for a new kind of politics in America. His latest New York Times bestseller is The Great Awakening: Seven Ways To Change The World, Reviving Faith & Politics.

Sojourners' mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world. Visit www.sojo.net, and www.GodsPolitics.com. .