Common Ground Abortion Reduction on The Washington Post's Front Page

By Jason Gedeik 11-18-2008

Today's front page feature in The Washington Post is a good profile of the religious leaders and partnerships that Sojourners has actively worked with to find common ground on the abortion debate. This coverage was the result of the media teleconference we hosted with Catholics In Alliance, Father Thomas Reese, and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez the week prior to the election.

"We are not compromising our values, but at the same time we are finding a way we can all accomplish our agenda, or at least a piece of our agenda, together," said [Joel] Hunter, pastor of Northland in Longwood, Fla., one of the nation's largest churches, and a board member of the National Association of Evangelicals. "There's got to be a way we can take some of these hot-button issues and cooperate, rather than simply keep fighting and becoming gridlocked in this hostility of the culture wars."

There's also a good quote from Jim at the end helping to convey that people of faith don't need to compromise their moral position on abortion in order to find common ground:

There are certain things that we probably all can support, and then there are other things that we're going to disagree about, and you find common ground on what you can, and then you have a political battle on your other issues.

We'll continue reaching out to both sides of the debate while holding the President-elect accountable to the commitments he made on abortion reduction.

Jason Gedeik is the deputy press secretary for Sojourners.

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