The statement was developed by the National Council of Churches and Sojourners, a Washington-based Christian organization that addresses social justice concerns.
Jim Wallis, founder of the Christian social justice group Sojourners, described the drowning of a father and his toddler daughter who attempted to cross the border as a test of faith for policymakers. Many devout Latino voters who are being courted to vote Republican next year “believe that’s a religious question,” Wallis said.
Jim Wallis, a prolific writer who is one of the best-known figures on America’s religious left, says the case was crystal-clear: “He is being prosecuted for following the command of Jesus, which is to feed the hungry, refresh the thirsty and invite in the stranger.” The case was so simple that it should not be a matter of political contention, he thought.
Jim Wallis, the founder of Sojourners, puts it this way: “Our task should not be to invoke … the name of God by claiming God’s blessing and endorsement for all our … policies and practices — saying, in effect, that God is on our side. Rather, as Abraham Lincoln said, we should pray and worry earnestly whether we are on God’s side.”
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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.
The first day of Voices For Justice 2018 finished with an address from keynote speaker Rev Adam Taylor, the Executive Director of US Christian advocacy group Sojourners.
Transformed nonconformity is a spiritual practice. In Mobilizing Hope, Adam Russell Taylor of Sojourners says the church needs to find ways “to inspire and mobilize a committed minority of transformed nonconformists who creatively apply their faith in fresh, bold, and innovative ways.”
Wallis grew up in Detroit in the 1950s and 1960s, gradually becoming aware of the city's complicated racial politics. His white church didn't acknowledge the struggles of the city's black residents, and he wanted to know why.