What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good

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April 15th 2013, 7:00 pm — 8:30 pm

Location: Mercy Corps Action Center

This is a free event; please register by emailing us here.

Whether Democrat or Republican, Tea Partier or Occupier, Christian, Jew, Muslim or Atheist, our life together can be better, says public theologian and New York Times bestselling author Jim Wallis. He reveals how a renewed commitment to the common good can transform public life in his new book On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned About Serving the Common Good.

Wallis examines how to integrate faith with the common good -- in our personal and public lives -- in ways that challenge ideology and partisan interests. Wallis’ book serves as an exploration into how our best faith and moral traditions could lead us all back to “the common good,” including the strengthening of our household lives -- the places we call home.

“This sweeping tour de force by America’s most prominent religious social justice activist is at once deeply personal and powerfully universal. Rooting its progressive vision of American social justice in religious ideas that transcend both its Christian aesthetic and America’s vexing liberal-conservative divide, it is a must-read book for policy makers, religious leaders, and anyone looking for a moral basis to address America’s urgent problems” (Rabbi David Saperstein, director, Religious, Action Center of Reform Judaism).

Wallis is president and CEO of Sojourners and editor in chief of Sojourners magazine. He is a bestselling author, public theologian, national preacher, social activist, and international commentator on ethics and public life. Wallis has written ten books, including the New York Times bestsellers God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It and The Great Awakening. Formerly a professor at Harvard, he currently teaches at Georgetown University.