The Common Good


Noted author at Aspen Chapel this Wednesday

Date: June 24, 2013
At 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Aspen Chapel is hosting a talk and book signing with New York Times Best-Selling Author, Jim Wallis. We are thrilled that Wallis will present highlights from his latest book, “On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned About Serving the Common Good,” at the chapel in a public setting before he speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival this week.

Internationally-known social justice advocate, author speaks at Aspen Chapel

Date: June 25, 2013
Jim Wallis, a New York Times best-selling author, public theologian and international commentator on ethics and public life, speaks at Aspen Chapel on Wednesday, June 26. Wallis will talk about his new book, On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good. The talk is $25 per person and includes a copy of Jim’s new book and a book signing after the presentation. The talk takes place in the Chapel sanctuary from 7 to 8 p.m. Wallis is in Aspen in conjunction with the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival.

Would Jesus Love Ayn Rand Economics?

Date: June 18, 2013
Many on the American Right say they’re strong Christians, but have bought into Ayn Rand economics which disdains government help for the poor and needy. Other Christians, like Sojourners’ Jim Wallis, see Jesus’s teachings enshrined in the Constitution’s commitment to the common good, writes Rev. Howard Bess.

Giving Tree

If I were a tree

     I would like to be

          A giving tree.

Leaves a peaceful green,

     Birds could sit and sing,

          Children laugh and swing

                Upon my branches.

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10 Decisions You Can Make to Change the World

Date: June 6, 2013
The common good and the quality of our life together will finally be determined by the personal decisions we all make. The "commons" -- those places where we come together as neighbors and citizens to share public space -- will never be better than the quality of human life, or the human flourishing, in our own lives and households.

We Interrupt This Family for Baseball Season

Date: May 31, 2013
On Memorial Day weekend, our family of four participated in six baseball games! Having just returned from a six-week book tour, it was such a refreshing change from discussing our nation's politics, which is all the media wants to talk about and is more and more well, disgusting.

Is That All There Is?

Date: June 4, 2013
Jim Wallis, America's leading prophetic voice, came to The City Club of San Diego recently to speak about his new book, "On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good."


Editors Note: The following poem by Trevor Scott Barton was written while he was living in Africa and reading The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi.

Holding you in the palm of my hand
I see your tiny feet and hope you'll live and walk these stony paths
To the pump to get water.
Blessing you in your meekness and gentleness,
You are Jesus to me today.

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The Jim Wallis Interview: What Abe Lincoln, C.S. Lewis, Narnia and Puddleglum can teach us about the Common Good

Date: May 30, 2013
In today’s interview with ReadThespirit Editor David Crumm, Jim Wallis talks about how this idea suddenly resurfaced in his own life—during a retreat in a remote forest where he says he could almost feel the great Lion Aslan from C.S. Lewis’s Narnia novels walking at his side. This is part of the inspiring story that Wallis tells in his new book: On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned about Serving the Common Good.