Can the common good be reclaimed? Jim Wallis thinks so: Democrat, Republican, Tea Partier or Occupier, Christian, Jew, Muslim, or Atheist, our life together can be better.|
"The common good is about so much more than partisan politics," Wallis writes. "It grows out of our personal and family lives, our vocational callings, the mission and witness of our congregations, the moral power of social movements, and the independent integrity of prophetic religious leadership in our public life."
Wallis looks at the best big ideas from both conservative and liberal thought: personal responsibility and social responsibility, respectively, both of which are essential to common good.
"Don't go right, don't go left, go deeper," Wallis says. In "Inspiring the Common Good" he makes the case that Christianity involves more than just the destiny of the soul, it involves the way we live in the world. With "Practices for the Common Good" Wallis explores civility, redeeming democracy, the harmful role of money in politics, economic trust, and healthy households.
"Personal/political, religion/politics, faith/power, ideology/pragmatism . . . Jim Wallis is a wrestler of values, ideas, and policies and how they interact to shape the world we live in. His deep, melodious voice is easy to listen to, but what he says takes a harder commitment to live by." -- Bono, lead singer of U2; cofounder of ONE.org
"I love the work and books and existence of Jim Wallis. His is a profound and always-entertaining voice of reason, reconciliation, and passion for social justice and peace. Each of his books makes me wish I could get it into the hands of more politicians, right-wing Christians, left-wing Christians, secular humanists, economists, and regular people--everyone--so we could see how much we have in common and how much is at stake. Jim Wallis and I do not share many of the same political views, but we share the same heart and soul and love for God and all of God's children. Plus, he's a marvelous storyteller." -- Anne Lamott, author of Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
"Jim Wallis is this country's major prophetic evangelical Christian voice. He has a sense of urgency and hope seldom seen in our cynical time. I hope and pray his voice resounds across this land--and that we pay heed to it." -- Cornel West, professor of philosophy and Christian practice, Union Theological Seminary
"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
"Jim Wallis's new book elegantly summarizes key themes from his earlier work, but it also addresses with wisdom and clarity crucial issues that we must grapple with in the decade ahead: economics, ecology, polarization, peacemaking, the role of government, and more. And every page reflects the fact that this book was written during a sabbatical--emerging from a place of spiritual reflection and renewal, augmented by family, baseball, and fun. Arguably Jim's best book ever." -- Brian D. McLaren
Jim 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, and is a frequent speaker in the United States and abroad. He has written for major newspapers, writes frequently for Huffington Post, and appears frequently on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News, on shows such as Meet the Press, Morning Joe, Hardball, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The O'Reilly Factor and on NPR. He also teaches at Georgetown University.
Berkeley Arts & Letters at First Congregational Church of Berkeley (2345 Channing Way at Dana; enter via courtyard on Dana)
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First Congregation Church of Berkeley (View)
2345 Channing Way at Dana
Berkeley, CA 94704
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