Treacy Levine Center Presents Jim Wallis: Race, Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center
Seattle, WA
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Treacy Levine Center Presents Jim Wallis: Race, Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America
"Jim Wallis is a clarion voice our nation desperately needs right now, especially the parents and grandparents raising our next generation of children. Only the truth will set us free."
---Marian Wright Edelman, president, Children's Defense Fund

New York Times best selling author, social justice activist, and Editor in Chief of Sojourners, Jim Wallis, will speak on the subject of his latest book, America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 7 p.m. at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. The author of ten previous books regarding issues of social justice viewed through the lens of religious faith, Wallis' latest book is the one he has described as the book he always wanted to write. In it, he offers an analysis of America's historical racism-- its treatment of the indigenous population and its enslavement of Africans-- and the lasting and devastating legacy brought about by what he calls "America's original sin."

As a Member of President Obama's first White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, as Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum, in diverse sectors of the media, and as an Instructor at Georgetown University and Harvard University, his voice has been crucial. Describing himself as white, Christian, and evangelical, Wallis sees it as his faith's obligation to "support the poor and vulnerable and defend those under attack." He offers this path forward as a way to change our course: "Tell the truth... love our neighbors... welcome the stranger... expose and oppose racial profiling... defend Muslims.... It is time to listen."

A panel discussion will follow the lecture, including Wallis and interfaith clergy and community leaders Reverend Kelle Brown, Lead Pastor of Plymouth Church, United Church of Christ, Sr. Aneelah Afzali, attorney and Executive Director of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound's MAPS-AMEN initiative, Estela Ortega, Executive Director of El Centro de La Raza, Senior Rabbi Daniel Weiner of Temple de Hirsch Sinai, and Pastor Terry Kyllo, Treacy Levine Board Member, Pastor of The Catacomb Churches and Director of Neighbors in Faith.

A Q&A session will follow. Jim Wallis' books will be on sale prior to and after the presentation, with a "meet and greet" book signing with the author following the presentation.

Introductory remarks will be by Father William Treacy, Co-Founder and Director For Life of the Treacy Levine Center.

The event will be hosted by Jeff Renner, Treacy Levine Center Board member, retired Chief Meteorologist for KING TV, speaker, and author.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for purchase of Jim Wallis' books or for purchase of snacks at McCaw Hall concessions stands.  


  • President and Founder of Sojourners, a non-profit faith-based organization whose mission statement calls for putting faith in action for social justice
  • Editor in Chief of Sojourners magazine
  • Social activist, theologian, and commentator in diverse sectors of the media
  • Author of eleven books on issues of social justice
  • Member of President Obama's first White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
  • Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum
  • Instructor at Georgetown University currently, and previously at Harvard University


"Can we calculate the heartbreak, the destroyed families, the broken lives, the jobs denied, the inferior educations, the anger and hatred, the division, the laws meant to segregate or incarcerate, the lengths people go to avoid one another, or the number of deaths due to racism? The pain created by racism is huge, it's massive, and it needs to end--now. In this powerful book, Jim Wallis outlines the path forward, a path of true repentance and one that moves us in a new direction, as a new people. In the land of opportunity and hope, it can be done. With clarity and wisdom, this book shows us how."
--Michael O. Emerson, provost, North Park University; coauthor of Transcending Racial Barriers

"In 1903, in The Souls of Black Folk, W. E. B. Du Bois engaged the questions of race, racial domination, and racial exploitation with the well-known proposition that 'the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line.' In America's Original Sin, Jim Wallis affirms that racism remains a primary problem in the twenty-first century. As a white, male Christian, Wallis lovingly but persuasively appeals to fellow white Americans of all faiths to reflect on this painful truth, repent of white privilege, and help build a bridge to a new America. It is a must-read for all who seek the healing of the soul of America."
--Barbara Williams-Skinner, president, Skinner Leadership Institute; cochair, National African American Clergy Network

"Wallis offers us a prophetic call to remember more truthfully. Tracing how race has been an integral part of America's history, its 'original sin,' he names the ways white supremacy was present in America's birth and continues to be present in the realities of police brutality, the criminal justice system, and educational inequality."
--Brian Bantum, The Christian Century


The event is sponsored by the Treacy Levine Center, a non-profit with roots in pioneering interfaith dialogue and outreach begun in 1960, and whose mission statement reads, "The Treacy Levine Center is dedicated to promoting understanding, bridging divides, and building relationships amongst people across religious, cultural, ethnic, and social lines through educational and experiential activities."

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