On Monday, Sept. 12, Rev. Dr. Jim Wallis opened Calvin’s Center for Faith & Writing fall 2016 series with a speech about his new book, “America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America.” The bestselling author, activist, preacher and theologian drew a large crowd to the CFAC. All seats were full, and some visitors had to park in overflow lots near the Seminary and science building.

Wallis discussed topics like poverty, racial segregation, white privilege and social injustices. The 20 arrests on his record proves that he believes in the power of nonviolent protest.

Wallis opened up his hour-long speech declaring that Christians need to “change the narrative” that exists around ideas like white privilege and racism.

“I’m a Christian,” stated Wallis, “but Christians have got to tell the truth of what Christians have done in the past that is wrong.”