Source: Huffington Post | Jim Wallis

I heard Matthew Dowd say that on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” this past Sunday. I met Dowd recently. He is a former George W. Bush advisor, and told me he is a Catholic from my hometown of Detroit. He is right. These are indeed about basic choices that are not just political, but moral. It’s time to make some choices.


Source: Crux | Dennis Sadowski

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Christian faith leaders pledged anew to build a “circle of protection” around vital social programs identified for deep spending cuts under President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget, saying their action is consistent with biblical principles.

Source: The Washington Post | Jim Wallis

In an unfortunate exchange during a confirmation hearing last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) stepped on a land mine of religious liberty and Christian theology. He challenged a Budget Office nominee’s belief that “Muslims … stand condemned,” a statement taken from a blog post he had written about “the centrality of Christ” for a religious magazine during a controversy at his alma mater, Wheaton College. Nominee Russell Vought had been a professor at Wheaton, and he ventured into the question of Muslim vs.

Source: The New York Times | Laurie Goodstein

In Nashville, a crowd of ministers carrying palm fronds occupied the governor’s office during Holy Week, demanding the expansion of Medicaidto cover more of the uninsured.

Source: Huffington Post | Ilgin Yorulmaz

A quiet but powerful march took place in Philadelphia last week, indicating a new direction in the faith-driven environmental justice movement in America. 
Alaura Carter, the Climate Justice Associate at Sojourners and a member of the committee that organized the People’s Climate March in Washington D.C. in April, thinks that environment, like any other national issue, has a racial component.

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.
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.”

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

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.
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: 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.
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 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: 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.