The Common Good

Jim Wallis on the selection of Melissa Rogers as Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Date: March 13, 2013

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March 13, 2013

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Jim Wallis on the selection of Melissa Rogers as Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Washington, D.C., March 13, 2013—

In response to the selection of Melissa Rogers as Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners has released the following statement:

I’m privileged to know Melissa Rodgers as both a valued colleague and a friend. Over the course of her career she has distinguished herself by her ability to thoughtfully and knowledgeably bring her faith and her understanding of the law to bear on important questions of public policy. Her genuine spirit and concern for others has earned her the trust of people o different sides if issues. Her wide and deep competence on legal and policy matters will be very helpful in her new role. She will serve both the White House, the country and the faith community well in this new position. I can't think of who could have been a better choice for this key job at a critical time. Melissa is widely respected and trusted in the faith community and many of us will want to support and assist her in any ways we can. Good choice Mr. President!

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Jim Wallis is the president and CEO 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 bestsellers God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It and The Great Awakening: Seven Ways to Change the World, Reviving Faith & Politics. His latest book is Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street. Follow Jim on Twitter at @JimWallis.