Christian leader for social change; President and Founder @Sojourners
Jim Wallis is a bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life. He 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, 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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