According to a recent Newsweek story, evangelical and progressive leaders have launched a new appeal entitled "Come Let Us Reason Together: A Fresh Look at Shared Cultural Values Between Progressives and Evangelicals". A 40-page report, written by a committee of evangelical leaders and representatives of progressive think-tank Third Way, "calls for common ground on the toughest cultural issues of our day: abortion, gay and lesbian rights, treatment of the human embryo and the role of religion in the public square."
Despite a prominent member of the National Right to Life committee--and I'm sure any number of liberal-identifiers would as well--referring to the initiative as "a political ploy to silence the debate" the report argues that consensus is possible "through better communication and a greater willingness to focus on common goals".
Eve Conant interviewed Rev. Joel C. Hunter, pastor of 12,000 member Northland Church in Orlando about his involvement. Click here to read it for yourself--its short.
Here is a statement from Reverend Hunter on his position:
“None of us want to compromise our moral beliefs, nor will we. But all of us need to learn to cooperate in ways that can advance parts of our agenda together, and in ways that can counterbalance the growing polarization of our country. Ideology ought to mature into practical progress."