Gordon in the News: last updated 10/20/2006

God and Politics - Author and International Commentator Jim Wallis to Speak at Gordon College

Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA -Political Author and founder of Sojourner Magazine, Jim Wallis will speak at Gordon College on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 10.20 a.m. His lecture, God and Politics will be held in the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel located at 255 Grapevine Road.

Wallis, author of God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It, is a Christian leader for social change. He is a speaker, author, activist, and international commentator on ethics and public life. Wallis was a founder of Sojourners - Christians for justice and peace - more than 30 years ago and continues to serve as the editor of Sojourners magazine, covering faith, politics and culture. In 1995, Wallis was instrumental in forming Call to Renewal-a national federation of churches, denominations, and faith-based organizations from across the theological and political spectrum working to overcome poverty.

His columns appear in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and other major newspapers. He offers regular commentary and analysis for radio and television and teaches a course at Harvard University on "Faith, Politics, and Society."

In the last several years, Wallis has led more than 250 town meetings, bringing together pastors, civic and business leaders, and elected officials in the cause of social justice and moral politics. As a teenager, his questioning of the racial segregation in his church and community led him to the black churches and neighborhoods of inner-city Detroit. Wallis spent his student years involved in the civil rights and antiwar movements. While at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois, Jim and several other students started a small magazine and community with a Christian commitment to social justice which has now grown into Sojourners whose combined print and electronic media have a readership of more than 100,000 people.

In 1979, TIME magazine named Wallis one of the "50 Faces for America's Future." His books include Faith Works (2000), The Soul of Politics: A Practical and Prophetic Vision for Change (1994), Who Speaks for God? A New Politics of Compassion, Community, and Civility (1996), Call to Conversion (1981).

This event is free and open to the public. For information on this lecture, contact The Office of College Communications at Gordon College at 978.867.4235.

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