The Common Good

Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo to Teach at United Methodism's Wesley Seminary

At a lunchtime gathering in the U.S. Capitol on June 11, staff and faculty from Wesley Theological Seminary introduced their “innovative, new Master of Arts program” to a small group of prospective students. Wesley Seminary in Washinton, D.C. is one of 13 official United Methodist seminaries. According to the seminary’s website, the “program provides theological grounding for those who are curious and want to understand their faith more deeply and for those who are pursuing ministry in the world as part of either their vocation or avocation.”

One of the courses highlighted was “Christian Faith, Political Action and Public Policy,” which will be taught by Tony Campolo, Ron Sider, and Jim Wallis, who are three of the most prominent voices among the Evangelical Left. According to the informational flier, the course will be “an examination of the contours and intersections of public policy, political action, and Christian faith.” Specific issues will include: “immigration, poverty, the federal budget, a consistent life ethic, Israel and Palestine, civility in public discourse, ecumentical and inter-faith cooperation, organizing a campaign, and running for political office.”