Tell Sojourners: Stop Silencing LGBT People of Faith
  • Petitioned Jim Wallis

This petition was delivered to:

Jim Wallis
Senior Policy Advisor
Duane Shank
Director of Advertising Sales
Cassie Bixler
Communications Manager
Tim King
Jim Rice

Tell Sojourners: Stop Silencing LGBT People of Faith

    1. Michael Jones
    2. Petition by

      Michael Jones

      Boston, MA

Sojourners, a "progressive" faith-based magazine and web site based out of Washington, D.C., has refused an advertisement from Believe Out Loud, a trans-denominational initiative that seeks to support LGBT people of faith and calls for their inclusion in the church. Believe Out Loud's latest ad campaign is an attempt to get pastors and churches talking about the need to embrace full LGBT equality in our churches and society at large.

In refusing to publish the ad from Believe Out Loud, a representative from Sojourners said: "I’m afraid we’ll have to decline. Sojourners position is to avoid taking sides on this issue." 

Sojourners says that it operates under a mission of fostering "social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world." Apparently this work doesn't include LGBT people and their families. What a shame that when it came time for Sojourners to weigh in on whether there's a place for LGBT people in the church, their response was to decline to answer. 

That's not progressive, and it's certainly not a sign of a commitment ot social justice. Send Sojourners a message expressing your disappointment in their decision to silence LGBT people of faith, and urge them to reconsider their decision not to run this advertisement from Believe Out Loud. 

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Queerty documents how Sojourners is failing to live up to its mission with regard to LGBT rights issues -

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      Rev. Jim Wallis issues an official statement from Sojourners on how their organization addresses LGBT content -

    5. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Tim King, the Communications Director for Sojourners posted this

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Karen Ocamb from LGBT POV has this update

    8. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Daniel Pennington RICHMOND, KY
      • over 3 years ago

      To avoid taking sides, its proper to show both sides equally and allow people to decide for themselves what they believe. Not to only publicize one side. That's not refusing to take a side, that is the definition of siding one way over another.

    • Cassandra Rising MORGANTON, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      I have always been a fan of Sojourners' stance on peace and justice issues. Unfortunately they have dropped the ball on human rights issues. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Also, Proverbs 31:8. It's time to speak out against these gross injustices, Sojourners!

    • Barbara Tomlinson SEATTLE, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      "Believe Out Loud's latest ad campaign is an attempt to get pastors and churches talking about the need to embrace full LGBT equality in our churches and society at large."

      And Sojourners wouldn't accept such an ad -- or the NEED for such an ad??? I am surprised.... surprised and VERY disappointed in you. It is really a DENIAL of your "mission". I hope you can be brought, compassionately, to see that OBVIOUS fact.

    • Jean Parker ROCHESTER, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      I have the deepest respect for Sojourners and would ask you to re-evaluate your decision. "Not taking sides" is, in fact, taking sides. Please reconsider. Thank you.

    • Ioan Lightoller PUEBLO, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      People of faith who are GLBT need a voice as well.


    Develop your own tools to win.

    Use the API to develop your own organizing tools. Find out how to get started.