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March 13, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology and the Women's Council of Dallas County are sponsoring a lecture on overcoming poverty by author, preacher and activist Jim Wallis on Thursday, April 19, in Perkins Chapel, 6001 Bishop Blvd.

"Working Together to Overcome Poverty" will begin with a 6:30 p.m. registration. The program begins at 7 p.m. and the cost is $25. Reservations are recommended by calling The Bradley Group at (972) 503-9020.

Jim Wallis is a national commentator on ethics and public life and a spokesperson for faith-based initiatives to overcome poverty. He is the editor of Sojourners magazine, which covers faith, politics and culture. He is a convener of "Call to Renewal," a national grassroots network of churches, denominations and faith-based organizations working to overcome poverty, revitalize American politics and fulfill the gospel call to follow Christ's teachings on social justice and peacemaking. Time magazine named Wallis one of the "50 Faces for America's Future." His books include The Soul of Politics (1994), Who Speaks for God? (1996) and Faith Works (2000).

Under his leadership, "Call to Renewal" has convened four roundtables on churches and poverty for national religious leaders and held two national summits. He was a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard Divinity School from 1998 to 1999 and lectured on faith and politics, ethics and public life, churches and welfare reform, and economic inequality as a religious issue. He now teaches a course on faith, politics and society at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

His columns have appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines, including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, USA Today and Newsweek magazine. He is a regular contributor to MSNBC On-Line on ethics and public life.