Social Justice Activist Jim Wallis
To Speak on Monday, Nov.
Posted November 11, 2002
HOLLAND -- Jim Wallis, an activist for social
justice, will speak at Hope College on Monday, Nov. 18,
during the college's chapel service at 10:30 a.m. in Dimnent
The public is invited. Admission is free.
While on campus, Wallis will also meet with Hope
students in smaller settings.
Wallis is a national commentator on ethics and
public life. "Time" magazine named him one of the "50 Faces
for America's Future." He is executive editor of
"Sojourners" magazine, covering faith, politics and culture
for 30 years, and the convener of Call to Renewal, a
national federation of churches, denominations and faith-
based organizations working to overcome poverty.
He speaks at more than 200 events a year, and his
columns appear in the "Washington Post" and "LA Times," and
on MSNBC and Beliefnet. He regularly offers commentary and
analysis for radio and television, and teaches a course at
Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government on "Faith,
Politics and Society."
His most recent book is "Faith Works: Lessons
from the Life of an Activist Preacher" (Random House, 2000).
His books also include "The Soul of Politics" (1994) and
"Who Speaks for God? A New Politics of Compassion,
Community, and Civility" (1996).
In the last several years, Wallis has led more
than 250 town meetings, bringing together pastors, civic and
business leaders and elected officials in the cause of
social justice and moral politics. Sojourners was the
American organizer of the joint statement made earlier this
fall by church leaders in Britain and the U.S. against the
use of military force against Iraq.
Under his leadership, Call to Renewal has hosted
five Roundtables on Poverty for national religious leaders
and held five National Summits. Endorsed initially by 60
Christian leaders, Call to Renewal's Covenant and Ten-Year
Campaign to Overcome Poverty now has thousands of supporters
around the United States.
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 movement and protesting
the Vietnam War.
While at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in
Illinois, he and several other students started a magazine
and community with a Christian commitment to social justice.
In 1975, Sojourners moved to the Columbia Heights
neighborhood of Washington, D.C. They later founded the
Sojourners Neighborhood Center, which serves the children of
the community through tutoring and mentoring programs, a
summer Freedom School and parents' support activities.
Wallis lives in inner-city Washington, D.C., with
his wife, Joy, and their son, Luke.