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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

Iran Deal: It's Time for Some Serious Talk

(90) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 4:52 PM

"This president's foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven." -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

"The Obama administration will become the...

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Why the Iran Deal Is a Good Option -- and a Christian One

(64) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 9:46 AM

We have a deal. And many of us in the faith community are relieved.

After months of negotiations, missing deadlines, and many stressful final days in Vienna, Iran has agreed to halt its nuclear weapons program for a decade or more, and allow credible international agencies to significantly monitor its...

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Donald Trump: Narcissist in Chief

(405) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 10:31 AM

Donald Trump is a real estate mogul for whom the word "egomaniac" is an understatement. But when America's narcissist in chief says he also wants to become commander in chief, the country pays attention. And that's what Trump wanted to have happen. Here is what Trump said in...

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The Way of Hope

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 4:45 PM

Week after week, we can take on the biggest issues we face as a society -- from continuing racism, mass incarceration, inequality and poverty to gender violence and human trafficking, climate change, ISIS -- and just try to be hopeful.

Or we can start by going deeper, to a more...

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Charleston Is Testing the Soul of America

(33) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 11:24 AM

On Wednesday, June 17, a young believer in white supremacy invaded the sacred sanctuary of the historic Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. There he murdered nine black Christians who were gathered together for their weekly Wednesday-night prayer meeting. The killer had been welcomed by the African Methodist...

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Will the Papal Encyclical Bring the 'Francis Effect' to the Climate Debates?

(151) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 11:03 AM

Next week, Pope Francis is scheduled to release "Laudato Sii" ("Praised Be You"), his eagerly anticipated encyclical (authoritative teaching document) on the environment.

I have never seen such excitement -- and controversy -- surrounding an encyclical. It speaks to the extraordinary global presence Francis has achieved in a relatively short...

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Iraq, ISIS and Our Need for Repentance

(114) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 9:49 AM

Rand Paul is in the news this week for rightly pointing out that the rise of ISIS can in large part be tied to the disastrous neoconservative policies of the last two decades, which have completely destabilized the region -- most notably the decision to invade Iraq in...

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Who Said It: Fox News or Jesus?

(1260) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 9:45 AM

During a broad conversation on how to overcome poverty at Georgetown University last week, President Barack Obama made a few comments about how Fox News talks about poor people. Here's what he said:

... over the last 40 years, sadly, I think there's been an effort to either...
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Crossing the Globe in Search of Authentic ​Evangelicalism

(16) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 1:53 PM

I went to a great baseball game on Sunday -- in Seoul, South Korea. As my son Luke had told me, baseball is getting bigger and bigger in Korea, and several Korean players have now come to play in Major League Baseball here in the U.S. The Doosan Bears are...

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The Parable of Baltimore

(91) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 3:39 PM

Baltimore, like Ferguson, is a parable, a story that can teach us important lessons, and one in which we should see that we are, for the most part, still missing the most important lessons.

The Baltimore story began with yet another incident between a young black man and the police....

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Christian Leaders Voice Support for Iran Framework Agreement

(27) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 10:42 AM

This week more than 50 Christian leaders came together to voice our support for the framework of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran and the P5+1 nations (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany) concerning Iran's nuclear program. Sojourners published the leaders'...

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Hope but Verify: The Iran Nuclear Framework

(27) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 9:56 AM

For Christians, Easter is not just a day; it is a season, and, indeed, a way of life. This week is Easter: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and so on. Likewise, hope, the message of Easter, is not a feeling but a decision -- a choice we make day after day....

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Religious Freedom or Discrimination?

(71) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 3:40 PM

For the past several days, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has found himself at the center of a political firestorm over his state's adoption of a new Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Many people, including many in the faith community, believe that Indiana's law went too far, because it could have opened...

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Selma and Our Next Bridge to Cross

(11) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 1:11 PM

The Edmund Pettus Bridge was named after a Confederate general who became a Grand Dragon in the Ku Klux Klan. His name, still emblazoned over the top of that now famous bridge, was a powerful and threatening symbol of white power and supremacy in Selma, Ala. The Student Non-Violent Coordinating...

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Police: From Warriors to Guardians

(16) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 10:01 AM

"Some of those protestors were right," said Attorney General Eric Holder as he released the Justice Department's report on the police department in Ferguson, Missouri. The report should be read by anyone who believes in racial justice and reconciliation, because it shows us what we are...

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5 Things to Know About ISIS and the Theology of Evil

(113) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 8:42 AM

As a theologian and pastor, I want to say that ISIS is evil. Evil is a term we don't normally hear in the media or politics, which is likely a good thing given our lack of public morality and civility these days. Indeed, judgmentalism was condemned by Jesus but is...

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Taking Lent to Repent

(6) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 9:25 AM

I spent Wednesday at the World Bank, where President Jim Kim was seeking an alliance with international faith leaders. He told us, "I need your help" to meet the Bank's bold goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030. Kim longs to see "the prophetic voice linked to the evidence of...

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Dean Smith: Amazing Grace

(12) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 9:55 AM

An early fellow Sojourner, Perk Perkins, reminded me this week that not long after we started Sojourners as a new Christian magazine for justice and peace, I came running into our little office one day and exclaimed, "Dean Smith is a Sojourners subscriber!"

Here were young Christians in Washington,...

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From Prison to the Pulpit: A Powerful Story of Hope

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 9:17 AM

I want to introduce you to Rev. Darren Ferguson, a pastor who first found his faith while in prison for attempted murder. Rev. Ferguson spent nine years in federal prison, first at Rikers Island and then at Sing Sing in New York, where Darren and I met. I had agreed...

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Who's in Control?

(17) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 10:27 AM

I just returned from Davos, Switzerland, where the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum is held each year. Leaders from business, government, and civil society all gather here to engage each other, make connections, and, hopefully, make progress on the mission statement of the WEF: "Committed to Improving the...

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