On July 18, 2005 Beliefnet reported, "Smarting from criticism that liberals have lost touch with voters' religious values, faith leaders have organized a first-of-its-kind conference to mobilize political activism among spiritual progressives. The sold-out four-day activism conference set to begin Wednesday in Berkeley is expected to draw progressive religious leaders from all over the nation. Well-known Rabbi Michael Lerner came up with the idea of a progressive interfaith conference that does not advocate for any political party but instead pushes for candidates and policies that uphold progressive moral ideals. He partnered with Jim Wallis, the evangelical best-selling author of God's Politics and founder of the liberal Sojourners magazine. Both say Democrats need to talk more openly about how spiritual values figure into decision-making and political goals."