The Common Good

The Harvard Crimson

The Harvard Crimson Press Items
Christian author Jim Wallis and Memorial Church Minister Jonathan L. Walton argued that the public should harness the power of religion to pursue the “common good” in politics on Monday in an event hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.
Jim Wallis, a best-selling evangelical author and president of the Christian social justice organization Sojourners, said that it was important to move beyond the individualistic mindset—as he called it, the “it’s all about me, and I want it now”-attitude.
Last Tuesday, I marched across Washington D.C. in the pouring rain, hoisting a sign that read, “Poverty is not a family value.” Although at Harvard I find myself in the minority as a progressive Christian, that day I was surrounded by 500 church leaders, activists, and college students who had converged on America’s capital as participants of Pentecost 2006, a conference hosted by faith-based NGOs “Sojourners” and “Call to Renewal.” Unlike conservative Christians, who were mobilized by issues like gay marriage and abortion, we were here to tell politicians that they have a moral obligation to end child poverty in the United States and extreme poverty around the world.