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Sojourners Offers Advice from Conservative & Progressive Religious Leaders to President-Elect Obama

Source: Sojourners
Date: November 11, 2008

November 11, 2008

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

Sojourners Offers Advice from Conservative & Progressive Religious Leaders to President-Elect Obama

"Letters provide prayers and support while challenging the new administration on social justice issues”

WASHINGTON, DC - November 11, 2008 - Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States connecting faith and justice, has solicited letters on the one week anniversary of the 2008 election for President-elect Obama from a wide array of religious, political, and cultural leaders in America and around the world. This initiative has collected nearly two dozen letters that are posted on the God's Politics blog and will be delivered to the president-elect. Advice ranges from taking care of the soul and serving as an example for healthy families to reading the 25th chapter of Matthew once a week as a reminder to serve the "least of these.” Leaders urged President-elect Obama to prioritize justice for the poor, address health care as a moral issue, and commit to abortion reduction as a common ground solution.

"Time to Open up a Two-Way Street”

"My advice to you is about your administration's relationship to the faith community. We need to do more than merely having chaplains in the corridors of power, or religion functioning as a power bloc within a party to legislate its own narrow agendas, or mere photo-ops at prayer breakfasts for faith leaders at the White House. I think we all can do better. Let me suggest another model, and let's call it 'the two-way street.' One direction of the two-way street is for the faith community to offer you its prayers and support. The other direction of the two-way street is what the faith community can say back to you.”

--- Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners

SAMPLING OF LETTERS:

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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 New York Times bestseller The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America heralds a new era for faith and politics. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of Sojourners; where he is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine, whose combined print and electronic media have a readership of more than 250,000 people.

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.sojo.net/GreatAwakening.