Jim Wallis of Sojourners Leads CST Chapel

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 9:47AM

Jim Wallis of Sojourners Leads CST Chapel Video of Wallis sermon on bringing the "Common Good" back to American politics.

For the Common Good

Jim Wallis, bestselling author, public theologian, popular commentator, and President and co-founder of Sojourners, preached at Claremont School of Theology’s chapel service on April 30, 2013.

His sermon was based on his latest book, On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good, where Wallis makes the case that it’s time to reframe our national priorities. His visit was part of a nation-wide book tour to help bring Americans back to the idea of the Common Good, which is a core value for Claremont School of Theology and the other members of our Claremont Lincoln University consortium and the religions we represent.

“When,” asks Wallis, “did we trade the idea of public servants for the false idols of power and privilege? When did we trade governing for campaigning? And when did we trade valuing those with the best ideas for rewarding those with the most money?”

“We’ve lost something as a nation,” he continues, “when we can no longer look at one another as people, as Americans, and — for people of faith — as brothers and sisters. Differing opinions have become worst enemies and political parties have devolved into nothing more than petty games of blame.”

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