ESA began with the “Chicago Declaration of Evangelical Social Concern,” written at a Thanksgiving gathering of forty evangelical leaders that the Chicago Sun-Times described as the most significant church- related event of 1973. ESA has become a national membership organization, publishes a national magazine, PRISM, and a weekly ePistle electronic communiqué, and leads a national network, Word & Deed Network, helping local churches combine evangelism and social action.
ESA has promoted international economic sanctions against apartheid, supported a multilateral rather than unilateral U.S. foreign policy, and endorsed many efforts to reduce poverty, promote racial justice and care for creation. The writings of ESA founder and president, Ron Sider — especially Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger, The Scandal of Evangelical Politics, and The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience — have articulated ESA’s vision.


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