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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

Giving Up Indifference for Lent

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 12:15 PM

Here is what Pope Francis said to the world in his Lenten message: "Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience."

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How to Move From Allies to Accomplices

(7) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 9:49 AM


Something incredible is happening. An important conversation about race is unfolding in cities across the country, and I feel honored to be witnessing it.

When I began writing my latest book, America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to...

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Race Is in the Air We Breathe and the Water We Drink: The Moral Failure in Flint

(310) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 6:40 PM

How would you feel if you realized your children's water was being poisoned, and your government didn't seem to care? That's the story of the parents of 8,000 mostly poor and black children in Flint, Mich., (which means most all of the children in urban Flint) that has finally hit...

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WATCH: Survey Reveals a Startling Truth About White Christians

(1197) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 1:38 PM


Most polls don't matter much. But this one does. A recent Public Religion Research Institute survey has revealed a devastating truth: While about 80 percent of black Christians believe police-involved killings -- like the ones that killed Tamir Rice, Laquan McDonald,...

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Racism Is a Faith Issue

(11) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 3:07 PM

Author's Note: Racism is an issue of faith that the church must address. It's an issue of missing the image of God within each and every one of us. This excerpt from my forthcoming book America's Original Sin looks at the depths of that faith issue and how...

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Why Jesus Was, and Is, a Political Threat

(458) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 3:52 PM

Christmas is my favorite time of the year, and my boys could tell you how much I always want to get to good carol services. It's the amazing Christmas narratives that I love so much. I am a Christian and what Christmas means to me is this: In Christ, God...

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Slavery Never Ended. It Just Evolved.

(17) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 9:32 AM

Bryan Stevenson, the nation's premier lawyer on mass incarceration and the death penalty, says slavery never ended. It just evolved.

I just spent two days with 50 other faith leaders at Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala., where Bryan emphasized four basic essentials for criminal justice reform...

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WATCH: How to Cross the Bridge to a New America

(2) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 5:12 PM

America stands at one side of a bridge right now as a white majority nation -- on the other side, a country comprising a majority of minorities. This change is inevitable, but how our nation responds to it is currently unclear.

Would-be political leaders like Donald Trump...

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America's Flirtation With Fascism

(187) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 4:30 PM

Our country is in growing danger, and not just from the real threat of terrorist attacks. We are in jeopardy now from the internal fear that capitalizes on America's worst instincts. Caution can be a positive thing in response to serious dangers, but panic and fear can be very dangerous...

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Pray, Yes. But Then Act.

(158) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 11:00 AM

On Dec. 2, two people armed in military-style gear shot and killed 14 people and injured 17 others at a holiday party in California. You've no doubt been watching the headlines and reading about people's "thoughts and prayers," but what is stunning is that it wasn't even the...

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In the Wake of ISIS Terror: Mourning, Lament, Discernment

(22) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 10:50 AM

If we count up the number of people killed or wounded in the ISIS Paris slaughter last weekend, and add all their families and friends, the level of human mourning is staggering. Then include the many other victims murdered in Beirut just days before, or the legions of those raped...

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The Power of Protest at Mizzou

(26) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 10:15 AM

We have witnessed a remarkable series of events on the Columbia, Mo., campus of the University of Missouri this week. The university president and the chancellor of the Columbia campus resigned Nov. 9 in response to protests claiming that university leadership had failed to appropriately address and respond to a...

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Dear Speaker Ryan: We're Keeping Our Promise on Immigration Reform

(313) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 11:05 AM

On their first day in office, newly elected members of the U.S. House of Representatives take an oath on the House floor -- to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States."

But before his election as Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan took another oath -- this...

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Inequality as a Religious Test

(63) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 12:07 PM

The potential of an assembly like the Parliament of the World's Religions -- where I spoke last week in Salt Lake City, Utah -- is its ability not just to celebrate religious diversity, but also to provide the opportunity to get to the heart of urgent matters that...

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The Republican House Wreckers Trying to Veto Democracy

(284) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 1:05 PM

In case you missed it, a strong and militant group of Republican members of Congress have pushed out their caucus leaders, paralyzed the House of Representatives, and can't seem to find anyone who is as right-wing as they are to be the next Speaker.

These guys -- and they are...

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'Nothing We Can Do' and Other Lies About Gun Violence

(598) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 10:42 AM

There is nothing we can do to reduce the growing number of mass shootings in America -- except get more people to have guns. Unbelievably, that's what conservative spokespersons and Republican presidential candidates are saying after the latest college massacre in Oregon which killed 10 and wounded 7 others.


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I Am a Sinner: Don't Forget to Pray for Me

(22) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 12:07 PM

The first thing the new Pope Francis said to the world in St. Peter's Square when he accepted the papacy was "I am a sinner." In a final mass of one million people in Philadelphia, the last words Francis spoke to the American people were, "Please pray for me; don't...

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Francis: When a Visitor Changes Your Home

(16) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 2:57 PM

Stunning is the word that most comes to me after Pope Francis' two-day visit to Washington, D.C. The country and the media was reveling in his presence, using language like "amazing," "incredible," and "wonderful" in response to this extraordinary moral leader who literally transformed our public discourse in the 48...

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Pope Francis' Visit: The Conversation in America Will Change Next Week

(127) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 12:16 AM

Next week, the conversation will change in America. All the media attention recently given to political figures will now shift to a moral leader who is changing the global public discussion about what is compassionate, just, good, and right -- and Christian.

This is a fundamental spiritual shift that we...

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In Europe and In the U.S. -- We Must Welcome the Stranger

(164) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 6:22 PM

Since the outbreak of civil war in Syria in March 2011, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict between the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad, equally brutal jihadist groups such as ISIS, and other rebel groups opposed to Assad's rule. As is all too...

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