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Heritage Day: Community and the Common Good

On September 27, at 10 am in the Abbey Church at St. John's, Jim Wallis of will give a talk on his recent bestselling book, God's Politics:  Why the Right Gets it Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It

"Since when did believing in God and having moral values make you pro-war, pro-rich, and pro-Republican? And since when did promoting and pursuing a progressive social agenda with a concern for economic security, health care, and educational opportunity mean you had to put faith in God aside?"

God's Politics calls on our government to be more accountable to key values of the prophetic religious tradition, more pro-justice, pro-peace, pro-environment, pro-equality, pro-consistent on an ethic of life, and pro-family. These are the values of love and justice, reconciliation, and community that Jesus taught and that are at the core of what many of us believe, Christian or not.

Jim Wallis is a bestselling author, public theologian, preacher, speaker, activist, and international commentator on ethics and public life. His latest book, God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It (HarperCollins, 2005), was on The New York Times bestseller list for four months. He is president and executive director of Sojourners/Call to Renewal, where he is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine—whose print and electronic publication reaches more than 250,000 people—and also convenes a national network of churches, faith-based organizations, and individuals working to overcome poverty in AmericaJim Wallis speaks at more than 200 events each year and his columns have appeared in major newspapers such The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe, among others. He appears regularly on radio and television programs, including Meet the Press, Hardball, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The O’Reilly Factor, and National Public Radio. In addition, Jim Wallis teaches a course at Harvard University on “Faith, Politics, and Society,” and is the author of eight books, including Faith Works; The Soul of Politics: A Practical and Prophetic Vision for Change; Who Speaks for God? A New Politics of Compassion, Community, and Civility; and Call to Conversion.

Wallis is speaking as part of Heritage Day, a day in which St. John's and St. Ben's celebrate their Benedictine Catholic Heritage by examining a part of our joint mission statement.  This year we are focusing on Community and the Common Good.  The schedule for the entire day follows: 

8:00-9:30   Coffee, Rolls, and heritage display, Great Hall

9:40-10:00    Ecumenical Prayer Service, Abbey Church

10:00-12:00     Keynote Address: Jim Wallis

12:00-1:00      Lunch

1:00-2:00        Faculty Led Discussion Sessions 

2:30-3:30        Faculty Led Discussion Sessions 

3:45-4:30        Eucharist – Abbey Church:  Fr. Jerome Tupa (Andrew)

For more information, contact Noreen Herzfeld at, or 320-363-2693.