The mission of Sojourners is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, to inspire hope and build a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world.
We envision a future in which Christians put their faith into action in the passionate pursuit of social justice, peace, and environmental stewardship, working in partnership with people of other perspectives, for the common good of communities, families and individuals. We articulate that vision, convene and mobilize constituencies, and build alliances for effective advocacy.
Sojourners magazine and Sojourners' online publication sit at the intersection of faith, politics, and culture. Our coverage goes beyond the trending headlines to uncover and explore in depth the hidden injustices in the world around us. Our call to prophetic interrogation means we seek the truth as informed by our biblical roots.
Sojourners' three key commitments are racial and social justice, life and peace, and environmental stewardship. As such, much of our coverage and advocacy explores the following issue areas.
Human-induced climate change is responsible for major ecological disruptions that affect the poor and vulnerable first and most heavily. From low-income residents of New York City to subsistence farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, those who are most affected by environmental degradation are those who are least able to respond. We tell those stories and keep our readers updated on the latest policy changes and cutting-edge advancements in sustainability.
The 11 million undocumented women, men, and children in the United States are our brothers and sisters. They are our neighbors and church members. They each have a story to tell. We follow those stories as our country attempts to navigate a broken system, a polarized political process, a changing demographic, and a new reality for how our nation looks and worships.
Peace & Nonviolence
Sojourners magazine's predecessor, The Post-American's initial mission was to bring the call to end the Vietnam War into the evangelical church. In the years since, Sojourners has played a leading role in the movement for nuclear disarmament, opposing the first Gulf War, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and threats of attack against Iran. In a new era of terror groups like ISIS and Boko Haram, our commitment to peacemaking and in-depth exploration into nonviolent responses to war remains firm.
Poverty & Budget
Wealthy special interests, large corporations, and those with political power influence our system of government for their own gain. Sojourners seeks to lift up the voices of those who aren’t being heard, to deconstruct the misinformation that surrounds the budget process, and to hold leaders accountable for their actions that affect the "least of these."
From Ferguson to Baltimore to neighborhoods across the country — and globe — Sojourners follows the #BlackLivesMatter movement to tell the stories others won't. They are stories like faith leaders making a difference to heal their communities and young people working together to create a new movement for equality. We work to expose the lies that fuel racism, privilege, and a broken criminal justice system.
Women & Girls
Since the 1970s, Sojourners has been committed to resisting sexism in all its forms, while affirming the integrity and equality of women and men in the church and in the larger world. Sojourners magazine was one of the first evangelical publications to lift up feminism, and today a new generation is looking to us as a “go-to” place for women’s voices in faith communities. From closing the pay gap to paid family leave to confronting sexism in the media, Sojourners covers issues of gender justice on all fronts.
Sojourners' ministries grew out of the Sojourners Community, located in Southern Columbia Heights, an inner-city neighborhood in Washington, D.C. The community began at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, in the early 1970s when a handful of students began meeting to discuss the relationship between their faith and political issues, particularly the Vietnam War. In 1971, the group decided to create a publication that would express their convictions and test whether other people of faith had similar beliefs. What emerged was a publication committed to social justice and peace: The Post-American.
In the fall of 1975, the fledgling community moved to Washington, D.C., where both the community and the magazine took the name Sojourners. The biblical metaphor "sojourners" identifies God's people as pilgrims—fully present in the world but committed to a different order. The community lived together in common households, had a common purse, formed a worshipping community, got involved in neighborhood issues, organized national events on behalf of peace and justice, and continued to publish the magazine.The community also gave birth to a variety of ministries, including the Sojourners Neighborhood Center, which from the early '80s through 2001 ran after-school and summer programs for local children.
Over the years, however, Sojourners went through a variety of transitions. Slowly, the household communities gave way to an intentional community (with a common rule of life). Needless to say, Sojourners has suffered its own history of division, uncertainty, and glory. Today, the community context has shifted away from an intentional model; rather we are a committed group of Christians who work together to live a gospel life that integrates spiritual renewal and social justice.
In 1995, Sojourners founded Call to Renewal, with many other partners and organizations, to specifically focus on poverty by uniting churches and faith-based organizations across the theological and political spectrum to lift up those whom Jesus called "the least of these." For more than a decade, Call to Renewal convened the broadest Christian table on poverty in America. In 2006, Sojourners and Call to Renewal re-united organizationally under the name Sojourners/Call to Renewal. In October 2007, the organizational name returned to Sojourners, while the special focus on uniting churches on poverty continued to be a priority in the advocacy work of Sojourners.
Sojourners are Christians who follow Jesus, but who also sojourn with others in different faith traditions and all those who are on a spiritual journey. We are evangelicals, Catholics, Pentecostals and Protestants; progressives and conservatives; blacks, whites, Latinos, and Asians; women and men; young and old. We reach into traditional churches but also out to those who can't fit into them. Together we seek to discover the intersection of faith, politics, and culture. We invite you to join, to connect, and to act. Welcome to the community.