Berea College Welcomes Public to Jim Wallis Convocation

The Bridge to a New America

Portrait of Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis

Berea College welcomes the campus and public community to hear New York Times bestselling author, Jim Wallis speak about “The Bridge to a New America” on Thursday, September 22, at 3:00PM, in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Wallis is the president and founder of Sojourners, an organization based in Washington, D.C., that brings together a diverse mix of evangelicals, Catholics, Pentecostals and Protestants; progressives and conservatives; blacks, whites, Latinos, and Asians; women and men; young and old who are committed to addressing such issues as racial and social justice, life and peace, and environmental stewardship.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is a featured event of the annual Accent on Christian Faith Week, sponsored by the Willis D. Weatherford, Jr., Campus Christian Center (CCC).

Jim Wallis was raised in the Midwest. While he was a student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois, Wallis founded Sojourners. In 1979, Time Magazine named Wallis one of the “50 faces for America’s Future.” Wallis is the author of 12 books and his most recent, America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, was released in January, 2016. In addition to being president and the founder of Sojourners, Wallis also is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine, which has a combined print and electronic media readership of more than a quarter million people.

Following this Convocation there will be a book signing, and copies of Wallis’ book, America’s Original Sin, will be available for purchase.

The convocation events, which are provided to both the campus and public communities, are a significant part of a student’s educational experience at Berea College. See the schedule of all convocations for this academic year. All Berea College convocations are free and open to the public.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.