Nuclear disarmament has long been the heart-felt cry of the religious community. The Department of Religion brings both religious and non-religious voices to the 2:00 pm podium to examine who, if any, has the right "to have and to hold" nuclear weapons. The issue of who holds the reins of power on this issue is of deep concern to the world community -- more critical at this time than ever.
Rev. Jim Wallis
Jim Wallis is founder of the Sojourners Community, a 30-year-old Christian ministry focused on social justice and peace, and editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine, which covers faith, politics, and culture.
He is a speaker, author, activist, and international commentator on ethics and public life. In 1995, Wallis was instrumental in forming Call to Renewal, a national federation of churches, denominations, and faith-based organizations from across the theological and political spectrum working to overcome poverty.
Wallis's columns frequently appear in The New York Times, The Washington Post and other major newspapers. His most recent book is God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It; he has authored five in total.
He offers regular commentary and analysis for radio and television and teaches a course at Harvard University called "Faith, Politics, and Society."