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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

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

(112) 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

(8) 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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State of the Union and Inequality: What Are You Going to Do Now?

(63) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 12:17 PM

This week, there was a lot of commentary about the State of the Union, the title of the president's annual January speech before a joint session of Congress. I thought it was one of Obama's best addresses recently, because he focused on what is real for this country: growing economic...

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Je Suis... [?] How People of Faith Should Respond to Paris

(126) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 9:17 AM

Our first response to the horrible and frightening violence of Paris should be grief. False religion always makes the religious grieve, but when it engages in ghastly violence against other human beings who are made in God's image, it should break our hearts as it breaks God's.

These hateful terrorists,...

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Selma's David Oyelowo on Playing MLK and What It Means to Be a Christian

(7) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 8:55 AM

"I do know the voice of God."

That's what David Oyelowo, the actor who beautifully portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the new film Selma, told me last week. It's that voice, he said, that called him to play the role.

I was at the December preview of Selma...

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10 Resolutions for 2015

(5) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 1:36 PM

Some people don't like the idea of New Year's resolutions, but I do. We often only use the word in the context of our New Years, but "resolution" is a nuanced noun. Some of its definitions include:

A firm decision to do or not to do something --...

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Campfires of Hope

(7) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 1:24 PM

Hope is not a feeling. It is a decision -- a choice you make based on what we call faith or moral conscience, whatever most deeply motivates you.

I have said that for many years, but this Advent and Christmas season tests my words -- even in my own heart.

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The Myth of Crying Rape

(55) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 9:53 AM

Coauthored by Sandi Villarreal

There's a lot to be disappointed about following Rolling Stone's revelation that it misreported on an alleged rape and the subsequent mishandling of the case at the University of Virginia. But the biggest disappointment is the notion that that's what the story is about -- a...

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A Pastoral Letter to White Americans

(88) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 10:04 AM

The stories of young black men being killed by white police are sparking a national conversation. However, public responses to these painful stories reveal an alarming racial divide. From an unarmed teenager killed in Ferguson, Missouri; to a 12 year-old boy shot dead in Cleveland; to...

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America, We've Got a Problem

(39) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 11:47 AM

I was in Ferguson Wednesday when it happened: In a morally stunning decision, a Staten Island grand jury announced it would not bring criminal charges against a white police officer who choked a black man to death during a brutal incident last July. Stopped for allegedly selling...

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A Sad Night for America

(380) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 11:49 AM

Many black families woke up this morning knowing that the lives of their children are worth less than the lives of white children in America. The deep distrust of law enforcement in their own communities that so many African Americans feel just got deeper last night -- 108 days since...

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Putting People Before Politics

(51) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 8:50 AM

Today, faith leaders and all those who have spent years trying to fix our broken immigration system should feel gratitude toward President Obama. In a primetime address to the nation last night, the president announced he was taking executive action to relieve some of the suffering caused by the failures...

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An Open Letter to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon

(64) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 12:37 PM

An imminent grand jury verdict in St. Louis County will determine whether to indict Ferguson police office Darren Wilson on criminal charges for shooting Michael Brown. News reports have detailed the expectation of violence in the St. Louis area after the decision is handed down and the mobilization...

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Election 2014: Here's What You Missed

(10) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 10:11 AM

In Tuesday's elections, most voters didn't see their candidates as leaders. Americans are cynical about politics, exhibited by the broad-based discontent with both parties, the president, and Congress. Nearly two thirds of the electorate didn't even vote -- turnout this year was likely lower as a...

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What Can Mandela's Jail Cell Teach Us About Leadership?

(4) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 11:37 AM

I believe that Nelson Mandela was the greatest political leader of the 20th century -- because of his 27 years of spiritual formation in prison. Visiting Mandela's jail cell on Robben Island was the most emotional moment of my visit to South Africa this past summer. How could such a...

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