Sojourners in the News

Source: Reuters | Scott Malone

President Donald Trump's executive order on Thursday making it easier for churches to dabble in politics kept faith with his promise to evangelical Christians who helped him win the White House, but could end up benefiting his opponents as well.
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Sojourners, a Washington-based progressive Christian network that advocates for immigrants and the poor, also believes more of its members will now feel free to speak out against Trump's policies.

Source: Christian Today | Harry Farley

Jim Wallis, celebrated evangelical author and speaker, has turned on Jerry Falwell Jr accusing him of preaching a 'different gospel' and of stoking racial divisions. 
In a hard-hitting article on his website, the Sojourners founder accused Falwell, who is president of the evangelical Liberty University, of 'dividing American Christians on racial lines'.

Source: UC Observer | David Wilson

Editor-Publisher David Wilson's Observations; Interview with activist and Sojourners founder Jim Wallis; and environmentalist and broadcaster David Suzuki reads a letter to his grandchildren.

 

Source: Religion Dispatches | Deborah Jian Lee

He seemed drunk and ready for a fight. The man, mid-fifties, towering and broad shouldered, shouted over the other partygoers to his wife, “Honey, have you seen my jacket? It has my gun in it.”
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Source: Al Jazeera

The majority of evangelical Christians cast their ballot for Donald Trump, with more than 80 percent of white Evangelicals voting him into office.

What is it about Trump's promise that evangelicals found so appealing?

Source: New York Daily News | Jim Wallis

Three days ago, on the day we Christians call Good Friday, the church marked and commemorated the death of Jesus of Nazareth, killed by the Roman governor in collusion with the local religious authorities.

He was killed because he was perceived to be a threat to their power, a fact we too often seem to forget. The brutal execution method of crucifixion was regularly used for political criminals.

Source: UC Observer | Mardi Tindal

The peace and social justice advocate, and founder and editor of Sojourners magazine talks about faithfulness in the era of U.S. President Donald Trump

Source: Huffington Post | Jim Wallis

“A budget is a moral document.” That was my opening statement at a news conference and prayer vigil of church leaders Wednesday across from the steps of the U.S. Capitol. We represented a wide spectrum of the Christian families of America — Protestant, Catholic, evangelical, African-American, Hispanic, Pentecostal, Orthodox. We were there to commit ourselves to form a “circle of protection” (also the name of our broad coalition) around the poor and vulnerable who are at great risk in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget.

Source: Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe

WASHINGTON (RNS) With ashes on their foreheads, sackcloth draped around their necks and the U.S. Capitol as a backdrop, Christians leaders used the words “evil” and “immoral” to describe the federal budget cuts President Trump has proposed and many Republican lawmakers favor
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Source: Reuters | Scott Malone

Since President Donald Trump's election, monthly lectures on social justice at the 600-seat Gothic chapel of New York's Union Theological Seminary have been filled to capacity with crowds three times what they usually draw.
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Financial support is also picking up. Donations to the Christian activist group Sojourners have picked up by 30 percent since Trump's election, the group said.

Source: Huffington Post | Jim Wallis

It wasn’t fake news and couldn’t be called that; we all watched it together.

FBI Director James B. Comey, testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, said that neither the FBI or the Justice Department had any information that President Barack Obama ever ordered Donald Trump’s phones tapped at Trump Tower. “I have no information that supports those tweets,” Comey said.

Source: The Huffington Post | Jim Wallis

Many people in our nation, and indeed around the world, are scared by the things happening in Washington. Those most affected by the actions of this administration are especially afraid. But today, we announce a plan of action in response.

Source: Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks

The Rev. Leah Daughtry stood in front of fellow black Christian leaders and told them they will need to work harder for social justice.
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At the conference, which ended Thursday (Feb. 23), Lisa Sharon Harper, chief church engagement officer at Sojourners, said African-American faith leaders are looking at Trump’s cabinet appointments and the executive orders and concluding they must act.

Source: The Christian Post | Samuel Smith


The influence of the "cultural Left" on the Democratic Party has become a real problem for American political discourse, prominent progressive Christian leader and social justice advocate the Rev. Jim Wallis has warned.
Although Wallis is critical of Christians who voted for President Donald Trump and believes they ignored the "racial bigotry" furthered by the Trump team throughout the campaign, Wallis admitted that both Clinton and Trump were "flawed" choices.

Source: The Huffington Post | Jim Wallis

Last week, a black professor told me he always asks his white students if they have ever heard racism called a sin in the pulpits of their churches growing up. The answer is almost always no. That will be absolutely key to a revival for racial reconciliation and justice — seeing racism as much more than political, but rooted in sin, repentance, morality, and faith. That’s why I wrote America’s Original Sin and hoped it would become a tool for new conversations within and between churches across racial lines.

Source: The Christian Post | Samuel Smith

Exit polls showing that 81 percent of evangelical voters and a majority of white Christians voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election represents a "crisis in the Church" and shows that the Church is more racially divided than ever, the Rev. Jim Wallis has warned.
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Source: WDET | Stephen Henderson

Many evangelical Christians who voted Trump into office have advocated for the president’s heavy-handed approach toward immigration.
But some spiritual leaders say it’s fundamental to the faith that Christians open their arms and actively campaign for the rights of all, including and especially immigrants and refugees.   

Source: ABC 11 Eyewitness News | DeJuan Hoggard

As the soloist belted a soulful rendition of Great is Thy Faithfulness, attendees of the 11th annual HKonJ Mass Meeting & Worship Service rose to their feet, impassioned for Saturday's Moral March. The event was hosted by the NC NAACP and was held at Rush Metropolitan AME Zion Church in Raleigh.
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Source: The Huffington Post | Jim Wallis

In my Georgetown class last week, we got into a lively discussion about President Trump’s refugee travel ban. One of my students has her law degree from Harvard and is now studying for a Master’s degree in public policy at the McCourt School of Public Policy, where I teach. She had been at D.C. airports most of the previous weekend, trying to help many of the international arrivals who had been detained. “This administration just doesn’t accept the rule of law,” she lamented, and said how discouraged she was feeling.

Source: Minnesota Public Radio | Kerri Miller, Marcheta Fornoff

What is American feminism? Is it more inclusive — economically and racially? Are younger women more interested in identifying as feminists? We asked three women for their opinions.

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