The Common Good

A New Generation of Matthew 25 Christians

Source: SCUPE
Date: April 16, 2012

“Gospel for the Common Good is almost a foreign idea,” said Jim Wallis of Sojourners, “that will be sacrificed on the altar of winning in this election cycle, by both sides.” The hope we have is in new generation of Matthew 25 Christians, who understand the gospel’s engagement with social justice.

Wallis gave the Stan Hallett lecture at Loyola University on April 11th, in support of scholarships for students of the MA in Social Justice and Community Development, a joint program of SCUPE and Loyola University. Stan Hallett, a guiding voice in the establishment of the program from its origins at North Park University was an urban planner, entrepreneur, professor, theologian, community organizer, political strategist, conflict mediator and environmentalist. He worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and Saul Alinsky, and helped to organize important civic groups, including the Center for Neighborhood Technology, the Woodstock Institute, and the Neighborhood Capital Budget Group.

Jim Wallis had three key points in his lecture: to lift up the Common Good again, to commit ourselves to a civil discourse, and to work to find common ground, with even those who think differently. Wallis also reflected on the themes of his latest book, Rediscovering Values: A Guide for Economic and Moral Recovery (Howard Books, 2011).