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Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Jim Wallis

Rejecting symbols of hate is more than symbolic

By Jim Wallis — July 20, 2020
(RNS) — A nation that still honors Confederate signs in public places signals its belief that Black people are less important than white people, that Black people’s trauma can be disregarded.

Trump unmasked his racist campaign strategy — and Christians have choices to make

By Jim Wallis — July 13, 2020
(RNS) — Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is designed to fuel our divisions in the name of ‘law and order’ — all for Trump’s own benefit (his only real goal in life).

Savor and strategize: The SCOTUS decision to protect DACA

By Jim Wallis and Sandy Ovalle — June 26, 2020
(RNS) — It is moments like this that remind us that change is possible and motivate us to not settle for this partial fix.

Why we can’t go back to America before George Floyd died

By Jim Wallis — June 19, 2020
(RNS) — White people now see they must stop and learn the meaning and consequences of 401 years of racism and slavery.

‘A change is gonna come’: Reimagining public safety

By Jim Wallis and Adam Taylor — June 12, 2020
(RNS) — The leaders and members of faith communities across the country must be deeply engaged in policing reforms in the immediate and longterm.

Prayer is essential. Protest is required. Policy is necessary

By Jim Wallis — June 5, 2020
(RNS) — I have never seen so many white people care so deeply about America’s Original Sin, structural racial injustice, and the 400 years of violence against black lives.

Lament: A day to mourn

By Jim Wallis — May 28, 2020
(RNS) — As we mark the death of 100,000 people in the U.S. from COVID-19, an unprecedented group of 100 national faith leaders looks to elected officials to observe Monday, June 1, as a National Day of Mourning and Lament.

When will the monstrous become unacceptable?

By Jim Wallis — May 22, 2020
(RNS) — The COVID-19 pandemic has now laid bare what is still ‘acceptable’ to white America, including many white churches.

Voter suppression is a theological issue

By Jim Wallis and Barbara Williams-Skinner — May 15, 2020
(RNS) — Christian denominational and church leaders have sent a letter to every member of Congress calling voting a ‘sacred right.’

From Vietnam to the coronavirus pandemic, lies still kill

By Jim Wallis — May 8, 2020
(RNS) — In Vietnam, we sacrificed a generation of young men from disadvantaged backgrounds. It’s hard not to feel that this is exactly what’s happening again.

Unequal suffering: Here’s how Congress should help

By Jim Wallis — May 1, 2020
(RNS) — While each of us has borne a variety of new burdens and dangers during this pandemic, those burdens are by no means distributed equally.

Truth, unity and solidarity: Three prerequisites to reopening America

By Jim Wallis — April 24, 2020
(RNS) — Nobody wants our society or our families to stay on lockdown. Three moral tests are not only religiously required but also practical criteria for our reopening to a safer and healthier world.

An Easter sermon in a coronavirus pandemic

By Jim Wallis — April 12, 2020
(RNS) — The coronavirus has exposed and laid bare social injustice, which undermines both our common good and our common health. Easter tells us that all these things can be set right and made new.

How we can use the current crisis in politics and Christianity to reclaim Jesus

By Jim Wallis — September 30, 2019
(RNS) — Reclaiming Jesus is not about making more Christians as much as it is about making Christians more genuinely and redemptively human.

Putting our money where our faith is by divesting from fossil fuels (COMMENTARY)

By Jim Wallis — January 22, 2015
WASHINGTON (RNS) I have started the process of divesting my retirement fund and other savings from fossil fuel companies. Will it make a “Big Oil” company close its doors? No, but it is an opportunity for me to live out my values and witness to my deepest beliefs.
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