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Jim Wallis: Race, Privilege and the Bridge to a New America

Jim Wallis: Race, Privilege and the Bridge to a New America

Presented by the Treacy Levine Center

Event Details

  • Sep 16 , 2017
  • $10 - $30 ($30 includes a copy of his book, America's Original Sin)
  • Phone sales available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-838-3006. When purchasing online, please be very careful to differentiate wheelchair, wheelchair companion, and visually/hearing impaired sections from other seating, and please choose appropriately.

  • The garage with the shortest wait times for pre and post event parking is the 5th Avenue North Garage. Located on 5th Avenue N, with entrances on Republican Street and Harrison Street, this garage requires a short walk to McCaw Hall.

    Parking is also available at the Mercer Street Garage, conveniently located across the street from McCaw Hall. Entrances to the Garage are on 4th Avenue N and 3rd Avenue N.

Lecture, Panel Discussion and Q&A

Join us for an evening with New York Times best selling author, social activist, and Editor-In-Chief of Sojourners magazine, Jim Wallis, as he explores the topic of his latest book, America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America. The author of ten previous books regarding issues of social justice viewed through the lens of religious faith, Wallis' latest book is the one he has described as the book he always wanted to write. In it, he offers an analysis of America's historical racism-- its treatment of the indigenous population and its enslavement of Africans-- and the lasting and devastating legacy brought about by what he calls "America's original sin."

As a Member of President Obama's first White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, as Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum, in diverse sectors of the media, and as an Instructor at Georgetown University and Harvard University, his voice has been crucial. Describing himself as white, Christian, and evangelical, Wallis sees it as his faith's obligation to "support the poor and vulnerable and defend those under attack." He offers this path forward as a way to change our course: "Tell the truth,... love our neighbors,... welcome the stranger,... expose and oppose racial profiling,... defend Muslims.... It is time to listen." ​

Following his lecture, Jim Wallis will moderate a panel discussion, which will include panel members:

  • Reverend Kelle Brown, Lead Pastor of Plymouth Church, United Church of Christ
  • Sr. Aneelah Afzali, attorney and Executive Director of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound's MAPS-AMEN initiative
  • Estela Ortega, Executive Director of El Centro de La Raza
  • Senior Rabbi Daniel Weiner of Temple de Hirsch Sinai 
  • Pastor Terry Kyllo, Treacy Levine Board Member, Pastor of The Catacomb Churches and Director of Neighbors in Faith

​Introductory remarks will be by Father William Treacy, Co-Founder and Director For Life of the Treacy Levine Center.

​The event will be hosted by Jeff Renner, Treacy Levine Center Board member, retired Chief Meteorologist for KING TV, speaker, and author.

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Event Details

  • Sep 16 , 2017
  • $10 - $30 ($30 includes a copy of his book, America's Original Sin)
  • Phone sales available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-838-3006. When purchasing online, please be very careful to differentiate wheelchair, wheelchair companion, and visually/hearing impaired sections from other seating, and please choose appropriately.

  • The garage with the shortest wait times for pre and post event parking is the 5th Avenue North Garage. Located on 5th Avenue N, with entrances on Republican Street and Harrison Street, this garage requires a short walk to McCaw Hall.

    Parking is also available at the Mercer Street Garage, conveniently located across the street from McCaw Hall. Entrances to the Garage are on 4th Avenue N and 3rd Avenue N.

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