Jim Wallis Speaks at Salem Area Peace Lecture

Jim Wallis, editor of Sojourners magazine and peace and justice activist for more than 30 years, will deliver the 12th annual Salem Peace Lecture Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 in Cone Chapel at Willamette University. This year the 2001 Peace Lecture honors Salem resident and community activist Polly Hare for her lifelong dedication to peace and justice The lecture, "Deny Them Their Victory; A Religious Response to Terrorism," is also the title of an interfaith statement he helped create and circulate after the events of September 11. It has subsequently been signed by hundreds of religious leaders across the nation.

Wallis is also the convener of Call to Renewal, a national federation of churches, denominations and faith-based organizations that work to overcome poverty and revitalize American politics. He speaks at more than 200 events a year, and his columns and comments appear in such media as the Washington Post, LA Times, MSNBC, and Beliefnet. His most recent book is Faith Works: Lessons From the Life of an Activist Preacher. He also teaches a course at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government on "Faith, Politics and Society."

In the last several years, Wallis has led countless town meetings, bringing together pastors, civic and business leaders, and elected officials in the cause of social justice and moral politics. Time magazine named Wallis one of the "50 Faces for America's Future." His books include The Soul of Politics, and Who Speaks for God, A New Politics of Compassion, Community, and Civility.

The Peace Lectures bring to the community a variety of thought-provoking lectures exploring pathways to achieving social justice, peace and harmony and non-violent dispute resolution at home and throughout the world. Lectures honor the lives and achievements of past and present peace and justice advocates. Earlier in the day Wallis will participate in a panel on religion and politics at 11:30 a.m. a the University Convocation, also in Cone Chapel, cosponsored by Willamette's Politics Department and its Institute for Public Policy. Both presentations are open to the public at no charge.

For more information, contact Charles Wallace at 503-370-6213.