The Common Good

James Colten

Assistant to the CEO

James is a former campaigns assistant (Intern Cycle 28) for Sojourners, and currently works as assistant to the CEO, Jim Wallis. He grew up outside of Chicago in Wheaton, IL, and graduated from Hope College (Holland, MI) in 2011 with a degree in political science. At Hope, he was able to pursue his passion for social justice, as well as study the effects of religion on social and political life. However, it was through his church in Holland that he began to learn about community and what it means to be a good neighbor.

In his spare time, he enjoys breaking a sweat by running and bicycling, or playing ultimate frisbee, football, tennis, and basketball. He is inspired by good music, creative cafés, and thriving farmers markets. He serves as a utility musician on his church’s music team, but enjoys playing regular, old pianos the most. Even though East Coast beaches are nice, none of them compare to the ones on the west coast of Michigan.

You can follow James on Twitter at @JamesColten.

Blog Posts by James Colten

Posted by James Colten 1 year 38 weeks ago
It’s been twenty years since I rose and cleared my throatIt’s been ten years since stood outside the church- Derek Webb, I Was Wrong, I’m Sorry & I Love YouThe first verse of the first song on...
Posted by James Colten 2 years 5 days ago
It’s almost impossible to talk about Christians in sports without talking about Tim Tebow (case in point). But there’s another University of Florida grad who has gained attention from another sport...
Posted by James Colten 2 years 16 weeks ago
Next week, The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will premiere The Convert, a play by Off-Broadway Theater Awards-winning playwright, Danai Gurira.The Convert is set in late 19th...
Posted by James Colten 2 years 22 weeks ago
“What Child is This,” written by William C. Dix in 1865 is one of the few Christmas carols I know of that does not have its own musical arrangement. It uses the tune, “Greensleeves” (a traditional...
Posted by James Colten 2 years 23 weeks ago
When I go home for Christmas, I always end up pulling out the old Christmas songbook from inside the piano bench and working my way through while my mom cooks dinner. I don’t really read the music as...