The Block Island Times

Jim Wallis to Preach at Harbor Church Aug. 11

By Harbor Church | Aug 09, 2013
Jim Wallis at Davos, speaking to the World Economic Forum

Every summer Jim Wallis leaves his life in Washington fighting for social justice behind and heads to Block Island with his wife and two boys. The CEO of Sojourners and one of the nation’s foremost “public theologians,” Jim’s ties to the island go back to his friendship as a young man with William Stringfellow, onetime First Warden, attorney, and lay theologian who was a kind of mentor. The Wallis family stays in the “Berrigan cottage,” cottage owned by Stringfellow and once occupied by pacifist priest and poet Daniel Berrigan.

Every summer for several years now the public has a chance to hear Jim Wallis speak on current issues and religious values. He will be preaching in the 10:00 a.m. worship service at Harbor Church on Sunday, August 11. The service will be followed at 11:00 by a reception and book-signing sponsored by Island Bound Bookstore.

Wallis is the author of 10 books. His latest, which he will be signing, is On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned about Serving the Common Good. He has been a New York Times bestselling author, with titles such as Rediscovering Values: A Guide for Economic and Moral Recovery; The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America; and God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It.

Wallis’ columns appear in the Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. He appears with some regularity on Morning Joe, CNN, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the O’Reilly Factor, and National Public Radio. He started Sojourners as a small Christian magazine and community while he was in divinity school in the 1970’s. Now it has grown into a publication with a quarter million readers and a nationwide network.

Jim will be visiting with his wife Joy, one of the first women ordained as an Anglican priest and the model for the TV show The Vicar of Dibley. They have two boys, Luke and Jack, whom Jim coaches in Little League baseball.

For the past year, Wallis has been considering the fate of the Berrigan Cottage on Block Island where he stays and where others come to write. Stringfellow left it to Wallis and another friend, both of whom turned it over to their nonprofits. The other friend has died, and his nonprofit would like to sell their half of the cottage. Sojourners needs to find another nonprofit interested in a retreat house on Block Island or some “angel” who would like a half interest in a historic cottage.

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