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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

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

(311) 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

(288) 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

(592) 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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Support the Iran Deal: It's Time to Be Peacemakers

(168) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 4:49 PM

Here are the politics of the Iran nuclear deal: Congress returns next week from its summer recess, and among the first orders of business will be taking up the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran's nuclear program, recently negotiated with Iran in Vienna by the five permanent members of...

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Iran Deal: It's Time for Some Serious Talk

(90) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 5:52 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 | 10:46 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

(404) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 11:31 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 | 5:45 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 | 12:24 PM

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 | 12:03 PM

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 | 10:49 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?

(1259) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 10:45 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 | 2:53 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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