Wallis speaks on faith and politics Sept. 29

Is there a role for faith in the upcoming election?

On Saturday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m., Jim Wallis, Editor-In-Chief of Sojourners magazine, will ask that question after a wine and cheese reception at Christ Church Greenwich at 254 East Putnam Avenue in the Parish House Loft as part of its Courage and Faith program.

Mr. Wallis will speak on the topic of “Whatever Happened to the Common Good? The Role of Faith in the Upcoming Election” and a book signing will follow.

A best-selling author, public theologian and international commentator on ethics and public life, Mr. Wallis currently serves as chair of the Global Agenda Council on Faith for the World Economic Forum. In his latest book Rediscovering Values: A Guide for Economic and Moral Recovery he suggests that rather than joining the throngs who are asking, “When will this economic crisis be over?” the right question is “How will this crisis change us?”

His two previous books, The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith and Politics in a Post–Religious Right America and God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It were both New York Times bestsellers. Mr. Wallis’s columns appear in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe and he frequently appears on television and radio.

Mr. Wallis will be guest preaching at the 9:15 a.m. Christ Church Greenwich worship service on Sept. 30.

Additionally, British-born Joy Carroll Wallis, Mr. Wallis’ wife, will be telling her story “Vicar of Dibley to Baseball Mom” and signing books on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 10:10 a.m. in the Parish House Loft. She was one of the first women to be ordained in the Church of England and the youngest clergy member elected to the General Synod.

Her ministry in the inner-city embraced the needs of the poor, homeless, mentally ill, elderly, and families.

Her experience in the priesthood was the inspiration behind the hit BBC sitcom The Vicar of Dibley, starring Dawn French.

All events are open to the public. There is no charge, but Mr. Wallis’s Saturday evening talk requires advance reservations.

For details or reservations go to Courageandfaith.org or call 203-869-6600.

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