Red Letter Christian and Sojourners President Jim Wallis recently published America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America. In town hall style meetings across the country, Jim is joining other Red Letter Christians to facilitate a conversation on becoming the nation we’ve not yet been by repenting of the sin of racism.
1. THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP: THE JAPANESE ART OF DECLUTTERING AND ORGANIZING
(Ten Speed, $16.99). By Marie Kondo. 
2. SPARK JOY: AN ILLUSTRATED MASTER CLASS ON THE ART OF ORGANIZING AND TIDYING UP
(Ten Speed, $18.99). By Marie Kondo. 
3. RETIRE INSPIRED: IT’S NOT AN AGE, IT’S A FINANCIAL NUMBER
(Ramsey, $24.99). By Chris Hogan. 
4. THE NAME OF GOD IS MERCY
(Random House, $26). By Pope Francis. 
5. BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME
Progressive Pastor Jim Wallis Breaks Down ‘White Privilege,’ ‘America’s Original Sin’ and His Issue With Trump: ‘Racism Is in the Air We Breathe’
Progressive faith leader Jim Wallis decried Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent campaign rhetoric and affirmed his belief that “racism is in the air we breathe” during a recent appearance on The Church Boys podcast.
Delaware Passes Resolution to Apologize for Slavery While Bernie Sanders Can’t Say ‘Yes’ to Reparations
Let us not endeavor to pursue justice on the cheap.
A broken church: quick to condemn, fear, and divide, and slow to love, seek justice, and unify.
How would you feel if you realized your children’s water was being poisoned, and your government didn’t seem to care? That’s the story of the parents of 8,000 mostly poor and black children in Flint, Mich., (which means most all of the children in urban Flint) that has finally hit our media front pages. The evening news I am watching as I write warns the parents of Flint not to bathe their young children in city water.
We had a good first week with America’s Original Sin. I wanted to share with you and many other friends along the way of our ongoing tour my favorite interview of the week. It was on Morning Joe. I was delighted to see that some genius producer there had invited Eddie Glaude, the Chair of the Center for African American studies with an endowed chair at Princeton to join the discussion. Eddie had been on Morning Joe the week before to promote his new book, Democracy in Black, which I am reading right now. The dialogue we had on the show was both exciting and encouraging, at least from both of our perspectives!
The former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw has been sentenced to 263 years in prison for raping and sexually assaulting eight women and girls. Holtzclaw, who is white and Japanese, intentionally sought out black women in poor areas as his victims.