Our Founder

Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis
Founder and Ambassador

About Jim

Jim Wallis is a globally respected writer, teacher, preacher, and justice advocate who believes the gospel of Jesus must be transformed from its cultural and political captivities. He is a New York Times bestselling author, widely recognized public theologian, renowned speaker, and regular international commentator on ethics and public life. He is the founder of Sojourners, and is the author of 12 books, including American’s Original Sin, God’s Politics, The Great Awakening, and The Call to Conversion. He served on President Obama's White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and has taught faith and public life courses at Harvard and Georgetown University. “Coach Jim” also served for 22 seasons as a Little League coach for his two baseball playing sons.

Amid state-based rollbacks on voter access, new federal measures could protect the vote — and the imago dei of each voter.

Jim Wallis and Ed Spivey Jr., 1976 / Sojourners archive photo

Thinking of Ed Spivey will always make me smile.

The ARP would provide real relief for Americans facing poverty and economic insecurity.

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The Sojourners Board of Directors has appointed Rev. Adam Russell Taylor as the new president of Sojourners. This transition is the culmination of a multiyear succession planning process spearheaded by the Board and the organization’s founder, Jim Wallis, and timed to coincide with Sojourners entering its 50th year.

Joe Biden has been declared the winner in the United States Presidential Election. The election is over and the people have spoken. We want to congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and are hopeful about their commitment to both healing and change.  As Christians we are called to love our neighbors and our enemies and prioritize protecting the most vulnerable while advancing the common good. This is a moment in which both political and faith leaders must find the courage and resolve to put our country and the common good over political idolatry and naked ambition. Leaders must stop making reckless statements about election fraud without evidence that continue to stoke partisan and political flames. We are calling for unity in this moment.

November 4, 2020 – A network of over 1,000 clergy across the country volunteered as poll chaplains across nine states at over 60 different polling sites to ensure all voters had access to a fair, free and safe voting experience. The states include AL, AZ, FL, GA, MI, NC, OH, PA, WI. Under the brand of Turnout Sunday/Lawyers & Collars Campaign, the “poll chaplains” were an organized group of interfaith, multiracial leaders, supported by election protection lawyers, that provided peace and power to vulnerable voters on Election Day.

President and founder of Sojourners, Jim Wallis explores faith, justice, and the moral choices behind today’s headlines in this series. In each episode, Jim sits down with an inspiring guest; from Michelle Alexander to Margaret Atwood to Rev William Barber, they discuss their deepest moral convictions and how they are putting them to work in the world.

The Soul of the Nation with Jim Wallis informs and inspires everyone from grassroots organizers to political leaders to examine our priorities in meeting the biblical call for social justice and — from that examination — to take action to promote racial and social justice, life and peace, and environmental stewardship.

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