The Common Good

First Congregational Church of Berkeley: "On God's Side"

May 2, 2013 - 7:30pm
Speaker: Jim Wallis

"My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side.” — Abraham Lincoln

Can the old idea of the common good be reclaimed? Jim Wallis thinks so. What better time to undertake this urgent task than after the presidential election dust settles?

“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.”In his new book On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About the Common Good, 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 the common good. “Don’t go right, don’t go left, go deeper,” Wallis says. He makes the case that Christianity involves more than just the destiny of the soul, it involves the way we live in the world. Wallis explores civility, redeeming democracy, the harmful role of money in politics, economic trust, and healthy households.

On Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7:30 p.m., Jim Wallis will share his vision for the common good at an event hosted by the Berkeley Arts & Letters at First Congregational Church of Berkeley.

Tickets $12 ($7 students) in advance only, at Brown Paper Tickets online or 800-838-3006; $15 at the door.

  • Location:
    First Congregational Church of Berkeley, Sanctuary
    2345 Channing Way
    Berkeley, CA 94704
    United States
  • Organization: Berkeley Arts & Letters
  • Official Website: Click here to buy your ticket!