Call to Renewal

Peter Borgdorff, Photo courtesy Wes Granberg-Michaelson

We at Sojourners were especially blessed to have Peter’s leadership for 26 years on the board of Sojourners and, before that, Call to Renewal, which we and he helped to found on behalf of the poorest and most vulnerable. That was a deep passion for Peter, for those left outside that Jesus told us to bring inside.

Julie Polter 6-30-2016
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CAN THE words “Christian” or “faith” appear in proximity to political issues? And if they do, what should they mean? On May 23, a delegation of U.S. Christian leaders came to Washington, D.C., to proclaim to the press and the country’s political leadership that yes, faith and values are vital to the public life—and if they are genuinely expressed they should transform our discourse, policy, and social fabric. What true biblical faith doesn’t do is let religious conviction be manipulated by partisan politics.

“America is fed up with what many in the church are doing, polarizing us into Left and Right. Christians are called to a politics of reconciliation,” said Tony Campolo at a press conference held that morning. ...


For all the media attention paid to the Religious Right, much less energy has been spent looking into its counterpart, the Religious Left. And yet, when Barack Obama first ran for president in 2008, he appealed directly to religious voters, pairing his Christian faith with his progressive politics—something his Democratic predecessors Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton did as well.

the Web Editors 2-21-2012
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Barack Obama speaks at Sojourners/Call to Renewal's 2006 conference in DC on 6/26/06. By Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Shutterstock.

Editor's Note: Following here below is the text of Barack Obama's keynote address at the Sojourners/Call to Renewal "Building a Covenant for a New America" conference in Washington, D.C., as he delivered it on June 26, 2006.

Jim Wallis 7-01-2002

Having a 3-and-a-half-year-old son has made the horrific revelations about the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests even more abhorrent.

Jim Wallis 7-01-2000

The last city on my recent Faith Works book tour was Milwaukee.

Michaela Bruzzese 7-01-2000

The Covenant to Overcome Poverty needs you!

Coming together to say no to poverty.
Duane Shank 5-01-2000

Church leaders came together to declare widespread poverty 'morally unacceptable.' And they promised to do something about it.

Jim Wallis 5-01-2000

The Covenant to Overcome Poverty is as simple as it is potentially life-changing.

Mike Bruinooge 3-01-2000
Group launches campaign document.
CTR readies for approaching Summit.
Molly Marsh 3-01-1999

National Summit addresses impact of welfare reform.

Carol Fennelly 1-01-1999
A historic gathering on the churches and welfare reform.
Duane Shank 11-01-1998
National Summit on the Churches and Welfare Reform.
Duane Shank 9-01-1998
A day of preaching compassion to Congress
What is a Call to Renewal Roundtable?
Jim Wallis 1-01-1998

Several notes and e-mails commented on the mention of my then wife-to-be in my column last month.

How will your community participate in the second annual "Pentecost to Overcome Poverty"?
But there is hope in working together.