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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 America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America. Two of his 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 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 and Georgetown University on "Faith, Politics, and Society." He has written eleven books, which include Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street; 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 sons, Luke and Jack. He is a Little League baseball coach.

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Entries by Jim Wallis

How Do We Lift Up Love Over Hate In This Angry Election Season?

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 2:54 PM

Sadly, and quite alarmingly, the spirit at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio was full of fear, anger and even hatred. Vitriol often replaced serious public discourse about the most important issues at stake in our public life. I watched every night on television but have also received messages...

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White Parents: We Need To Have 'The Talk' With Our Kids And Police Chiefs

(64) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 9:45 PM

Every black parent in America has to have "the talk" with his or her sons and daughters -- about how to act and not act in the presence of white police officers with guns. It's a painful family ritual that is slowly being discovered by America's white parents as more...

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Giving In To Islamophobia Means Giving In To ISIS

(8) Comments | Posted July 8, 2016 | 10:29 AM

If a terrorist claiming he was inspired by his Christian faith killed worshipers at a church in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve, would anyone suggest that he was a true Christian or represented the beliefs of other Christians worldwide? Of course not. Such a man would be denounced by Christians everywhere,...

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Dear Mr. Trump: Christian Questions You Still Need To Answer

(81) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 5:59 PM

Mr. Trump, you had a meeting today and invited almost 1,000 Christians to it. From the reports so far, the people you asked to come were overwhelmingly white, old, evangelical, conservative men. There were lots of other evangelicals that you didn't invite, even some old white evangelical men like me...

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A Theology of Love and Hate: From Charleston To Orlando

(2) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 9:28 AM

Today is the one-year anniversary of the Charleston massacre -- a moment that shocked the nation into considering our collective complicity in a culture of white supremacy and its continuing violence against people of color. The anniversary stands in the wake of another massacre, this time in Orlando, this time...

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Textbook Racism and the Office of President

(16) Comments | Posted June 10, 2016 | 11:22 AM

Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who last week gave his support to Trump, said Tuesday that Trump's recent attack on U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel was "the textbook definition of a racist comment." Textbook racism, said Ryan -- but he has yet to withdraw his...

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No Accountability. No Trust.

(94) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 10:12 AM

Freddie Gray died in Baltimore police custody after being arrested last April without any good reasons. The 25-year-old African-American man suffered what turned out to be a fatal spinal injury after being shackled and laid on the floor of a police wagon without a seatbelt. His injuries from the "rough...

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Tomorrow's Leaders: A Reason to Hope

(3) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 9:29 AM

Since all the political news is terrible and only getting worse, I decided to reflect on something very personal this week -- about a great event that happened this weekend.

On Sunday night, I was at a wonderful party. My oldest son Luke is graduating from high school in a...

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Trump's Brand of Bigotry Isn't Going Away. So Neither Are We.

(121) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 2:00 PM

I'm not sure Donald Trump has the personal conviction to be a racist. He just sells racism -- and that's worse.

Sixty religious leaders, myself included, made a statement of faithful obedience three weeks ago. We named it Called to Resist Bigotry, and aimed it at the messages...

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How Daniel Berrigan Helped Save My Faith

(4) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 8:00 AM

Peacemaking is biblical, theological, and political. Sojourners has certainly learned that over the years. But peacemaking is also personal -- and a personal commitment at the heart of the gospel.

When we lose a Christian peacemaker like Daniel Berrigan, it gets very personal for many of us. To our readers...

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Christians Called to Resist Trump's Bigotry

(251) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 2:40 PM

The media is focused on the state of the political race; but many of us in the faith community are focused on the state of race in America.

The press is concerned with polls and primaries, numbers of delegates, and the reporter's hopes for exciting contested conventions. But many...

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Why We Made a Video Making Fun of Patriarchy

(5) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 11:48 AM

When Sojourners released its most recent video, "7 Reasons Men Should Not Be Pastors," we were not prepared for the overwhelming reaction. Three million people have watched the video, which satirizes the misguided reasons people say women shouldn't lead in the church. We've received countless comments from women...

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Remembering King: Breaking the Silence

(26) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 10:17 AM

Preaching -- and honestly just being there -- at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, is always a great honor and blessing for me. As pastor Raphael Warnock said in his opening introduction, "When you want to take faith into justice, as Jim Wallis always has, Ebenezer is the right place."...

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Deny the Terrorists Their Victory

(53) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 12:48 PM

Terrorists want to "terrorize" us. They want to make us angry and hostile. They want us to react and overreact to them. They want us to suspect, to racially and religiously profile, discriminate against, and attack all Muslims. Because that will help the terrorists recruit more young Muslims to their...

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But Joy Comes in the Morning: A Sermon on Hope Amid Our Fearful State of Race and Politics

(12) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 9:57 AM

Politics will not be enough to confront this 2016 election. We will also need a spiritual message. There are gospel issues at stake here, particularly on the issues of race, with America's original sin now being sold as a political strategy to angry white people. Racism is being...

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Trump's Islamophobia Must Be Opposed

(69) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 3:33 PM

"I think Islam hates us." That's what Donald Trump said Wednesday night. He doubled down on it at Thursday's debate.

Trump must be denounced immediately by people of faith In America and around the world for saying something so hateful, bigoted, and dangerous. To conflate 1.6 billion...

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4 Ways White Political Forces Steal Elections and How We Can Stop It

(33) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 9:04 AM

A personal tweet I sent out this week said: "Let's be clear -- and Christian: A vote for Donald Trump is a vote for racism."

In one of the many postmortem discussions on Tuesday's primary results, Cokie Roberts on Morning Joe said we were leaving race out...

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Donald Trump and the Death Knell of White Supremacy

(131) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 2:03 PM

It's time to put the moral crisis over the political one. Donald Trump's potential nomination by the Republican Party is not just a crisis for that party and for election politics in general, it is a moral crisis for the country, for democracy itself, and for the state of faith...

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It's Embarrassing to Be an Evangelical This Election

(311) Comments | Posted February 26, 2016 | 9:02 AM

When introduced to speak on the road during our America's Original Sin book tour as an "evangelical" Christian, the large, racially diverse, and intergenerational audiences who have been smiling with great enthusiasm look very perplexed and ask, "What?"

"Let me explain," I find myself saying in the face...

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Pope Francis and Donald Trump: Bridges or Walls?

(198) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 4:23 PM


Photo via Gage Skidmore / Flickr

As Christians, we are called to answer: What does God want us to build, bridges or walls?

Donald Trump has never met a wall he doesn't love. He believes in border walls, in gated communities, in...

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