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Jim Wallis
Jim Wallis is a bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life. He recently served on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and currently participates in the Global Agenda Council on Faith of the World Economic Forum. His latest book is Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street — A Moral Compass for the New Economy. His two previous books, The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post–Religious Right America and God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It were both New York Times bestsellers. He is President and CEO of Sojourners; where he is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine, whose combined print and electronic media have a readership of more than 250,000 people. Wallis frequently speaks in the United States and abroad. His columns appear in major newspapers, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe. He frequently appears on radio and television, as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Fox – on shows such as Meet the Press, Hardball, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the O’Reilly Factor, and on National Public Radio. He has taught a course at Harvard University on "Faith, Politics, and Society." He has written ten books, which include Faith Works: The Soul of Politics: A Practical and Prophetic Vision for Change; Who Speaks for God? A New Politics of Compassion, Community, and Civility; and The Call to Conversion.

Jim Wallis was raised in a Midwest evangelical family. As a teenager, his questioning of the racial segregation in his church and community led him to the black churches and neighborhoods of inner-city Detroit. He spent his student years involved in the civil rights and antiwar movements. While at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois, Jim and several other students started a small magazine and community with a Christian commitment to social justice which has now grown into a national faith-based organization. In 1979, Time magazine named Wallis one of the "50 Faces for America's Future."

Jim lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Joy Carroll, one of the first women ordained in the Church of England and author of Beneath the Cassock: The Real-life Vicar of Dibley; and their young sons, Luke and Jack. He is a Little League baseball coach.

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Entries by Jim Wallis

Climate Conversion in New York

(20) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 10:15 AM

Religion must help us reverse climate change.

That was the message in New York from local and global faith leaders who gathered around the UN sessions on climate change. I was in New York, along with hundreds of thousands of other people -- the biggest march...

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It's About More Than Football

(18) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 2:14 PM

When Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended for only two games for beating his fiancée (now wife), it became a dramatic public example of the lack of accountability for professional athletes. Only when a video came out showing Rice punching his fiancée so hard it knocked her unconscious,...

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War Is Not the Answer

(34) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 10:50 AM

That was a bumper sticker Sojourners published at the outset of the Iraq war more than a decade ago. American church leaders had not only opposed the war but offered an alternative: "An Alternative to War for Defeating Saddam Hussein, A Religious Initiative." We not only presented it...

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Economic Equity and Gender Equality for South Africa: A New Agenda for a New Generation

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 9:38 AM

In a township called Khayelitsha, a woman wakes well before dawn to catch a bus that will carry her to the beautiful home in Cape Town where her employer/boss/master wants his tea in bed by 7 a.m. That is what "post-apartheid" South Africa still looks like today.

I just returned...

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The View From Africa

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 11:19 AM


"There is nothing quite like the African bush to soothe and rejuvenate." That experience was conveyed to me by a South African church leader who has been helping plan the speaking tour I just arrived for here in this beloved country.

My wife,...

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Let's Tell the Truth About This International Madness

(116) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 9:27 AM

The horrible human costs and increasing danger the world is now facing in Gaza, Ukraine, and Iraq show the consequences of not telling the truth. And unfortunately, we seem to mostly have political leaders who are unwilling to admit the truth of what's happening, deal with root causes instead of...

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Female Bishops in the UK: All Our Gifts Are Needed for the Common Good

(7) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 10:30 AM

I met my wife, Joy Carroll, at Greenbelt, a summer festival of faith, arts, and justice held annually in England. It was August 1994. A few months earlier, in May, Joy was one of the first women to be ordained as a priest in the Church of England. We were...

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The Moral Failure of Immigration Reform: Are We Really Afraid of Children?

(217) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 9:50 AM

Did you see the pictures from Tuesday in Murrieta, Calif.? Three buses were full of unaccompanied minors and mothers with children, all fleeing violence in Central America. According to American immigration officials, they were being taken by Homeland Security to a U.S. Border Patrol Station for processing and eventual deportation...

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Iraq: Humility Is the Best Option

(18) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 11:51 AM

This article is based on ideas from the "Surprising Our Enemies" chapter of the author's current book, The Uncommon Good.

America is stunned by what is happening in Iraq right now, and happening so quickly. We may be facing the worst terrorist threat to international security so far...

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Happy Birthday, Prostate Cancer, and the Common Good

(5) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 11:10 AM

Last week, I celebrated my birthday. This annual occurrence has taken on new meaning in light of what happened last year around the same time. I had major surgery for prostate cancer. The diagnosis was quite unexpected, with absolutely no signs or symptoms beforehand. But my health provider, Kaiser Permanente,...

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Taking Climate Change Seriously

(8) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 3:23 PM

Climate change is about people, not just science and politics -- it is an inter-generational ethics issue. The earth is the Lord's, and in Genesis, God entrusts us with caring for Creation. The earth that we leave to future generations is already being changed by climate change, and so far,...

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This Will Change How You See Immigration

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 10:48 AM

The people we meet change our lives. Through hearing the stories and learning about the lives of others, we are transformed. And, it is for exactly those reasons that I hope you'll watch this short trailer and sign up to be one of the first people to watch The Stranger.

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Vincent Harding: In Our Cloud of Witnesses

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 3:10 PM

Vincent Harding died on Monday. One of my most important and dearest mentors is gone; there are countless other people across America -- indeed, around the world -- who are feeling the same as me.

But he really hasn't gone; his memory and presence will continue on with us in...

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Abducting Girls in the Name of God

(27) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 2:58 PM

The brutal abduction of several hundred Nigerian schoolgirls has stunned and outraged the world. A violent organization called Boko Haram, and its leader Abubakar Shekau, took credit for the kidnapping more than 300 female students from their classrooms at gunpoint, from a government-run school in Chibok, on April 14. In...

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What the NFL Doesn't Want You to Think About

(123) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 11:05 AM

"Redskins." The name of Washington, D.C.'s football team is a racial slur, a racist epithet. The U.S. trademark office agrees; so does the dictionary. But more importantly, Native American people feel it. How important is that to the rest of us? That is the moral question for all of us:...

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The Professor Who Taught Us What a Real Evangelical Looks Like

(15) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 11:02 AM

What is the best meaning of the word "evangelical"? Perhaps this: a deep belief in Jesus, a consistent commitment to follow Jesus, and a real love for Jesus -- one who applies Jesus' life and teachings to their everyday lives. By that definition, Glen Stassen was an evangelical -- the...

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Earth Week: A Witness to God's Glory

(7) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 10:24 AM

There's an old hymn that many Christians have sung for nearly a century. "How Great Thou Art" celebrates the glory of God while considering, "all the works thy hands have made." It reminds me of the psalm that reads, "The heavens are telling the glory of God; and...

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The Risen Christ: A Call to Conversion

(167) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 10:14 AM

But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen...

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Another Pro-Life Issue

(40) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 11:08 AM

Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the closest American prelate to Pope Francis, took nine other bishops to the Mexican-American border for three days of listening to the stories of people who are suffering from America's horribly broken immigration system. The bishops celebrated a dramatic mass with hundreds of Mexicans, taking communion...

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Opening Day: Hope Springs Eternal

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 3:37 PM

Oh my, did I need Opening Day this year. Opening Day, of course, is the first day of the baseball season. For baseball fans, it is a time when hope comes alive again, after a long winter of waiting.

On Opening Day, every team starts with a clean slate, all the...

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