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  •  Jim Wallis (none)
    Harper Collins is publishing his new book soon:

    Thank you for your thoughts - I too feel like a stranger in a strange land while navigating the mall. And I worked in an Apple Store for 3 years!

    Hope is believing in spite of the evidence, then watching the evidence change. - Jim Wallis

    by bumblebums on Sat Jan 01, 2005 at 01:01:53 PM PST

    •  I'm looking forward to reading it. (none)
      I also saw that he has a few books out already.  I'm not sure what denomination he represents.
      •  He's the editor of Sojourners (4.00)
        I don't think he represents a particular denomination.

        From an Op-Ed piece earlier last (!) year:

        "...When the poor are defended on moral or religious grounds, it is not `class warfare,' as the rich will always charge, but rather a direct response to the overwhelming focus in the Scriptures, which claims they are regularly neglected, exploited, and oppressed by wealthy elites, political rulers, and indifferent affluent populations. Those Scriptures don't simply endorse the social programs of liberals or conservatives, but make clear that poverty is indeed a religious issue, and the failure of political leaders to help uplift those in poverty will be judged a moral failing

        This is from the January 2005 issue of Sojourners:

        What's Next?

        Neither candidate championed the poor as a "moral value" or made the war in Iraq a religious matter.

        It's time to spark a real debate in this country over what the most important "religious issues" and "moral values" in politics are - and how broadly and deeply they are understood. Religion doesn't fall neatly into right and left categories. If there were ever candidates running with a strong set of personal moral values and a commitment to be pro-poor and pro-peace, it could build many bridges to the other side. Personal and social responsibility are both at the heart of religion, and the two together could make a very powerful and compelling political vision for the future of our bitterly divided nation.

        Hope is believing in spite of the evidence, then watching the evidence change. - Jim Wallis

        by bumblebums on Sat Jan 01, 2005 at 01:37:41 PM PST

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        •  Edwards VP speech to Dem convention (none)
          We can also do something about 35 million Americans who live in poverty every day. Here's the reason we should not just talk about it, but do something about millions of Americans who still live in poverty, because it is wrong. We have a moral responsibility to lift those families up.

          I mean the very idea that in a country of our wealth and our prosperity, we have children going to bed hungry. We have children who don't have the clothes to keep them warm. We have millions of Americans who work full-time every day for minimum wage to support their family and still live in poverty-- it's wrong.

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