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We awoke with a deep sense of sadness, mourning, and grief at the news of the horrific shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters as they mourn the loss of so many beloved family and community members. We pray for all of the victims, their families, and their communities.
Jim Wallis, the President of Sojourners, is mourning the decision by the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in St. Louis to adopt the Traditional Plan, which reinforced the United Methodist Church’s prohibitions on LGBTQ clergy and marriages. Wallis says, “there was much harm done by the vote at the Methodist conference in St. Louis. Tears, hurt, and pain permeated the gathering — not just from LGBTQ clergy, seminarians, and lay leaders who were in attendance, but from many other Methodist delegates who know and love them.”
The declaration of a state of emergency by the president is an alarming abuse of executive power.
On Ash Wednesday, 2018, a group of elders met for a retreat together because of a national political crisis which was also revealing a crisis of faith. Later that year, the elders issued a declaration called Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis, to which more than 5 million responded. However, the moral and political crisis the Reclaiming Jesus declaration responded to has become even deeper and more dangerous. So now we look toward Ash Wednesday, 2019.
In commenting on the President’s State of the Union Address, Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners, turned his attention to the recent controversy surrounding Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. Wallis criticized Northam’s recently uncovered medical school photograph and the governor’s response to the revelations, calling the whole affair “shameful.”
There’s rising concern that the crises will boost the ranks of young people disillusioned by organized religion.
Just as in the US, Australia is becoming polarised between right and left. Some Christians, though, want to be both faithful and support social justice. Indeed, they feel commanded to pursue both. And they still believe they can. The Washington-based group called Sojourners has long bridged this divide.
The growing number of evangelicals of color have begun pushing in earnest for more of a political voice in the church.
Hundreds of Christians have converged on Australia’s Parliament House this week to meet with politicians and ask them to increase the nation’s commitment to Australian Aid.
The theme of the event is "Faith in Action: Living your spirituality to help others," and it's a message Wallis has been spreading for decades as the founder of Sojourners.