An election year provides a compelling opportunity for assessing issues that govern the contexts and the quality of life for citizens both for now and for the generations to come – a time for discerning what is most important for the common good of all. John Buchanan is one of the voices committed to raising awareness of current needs and hope-filled possibilities for shaping the future
Buchanan is the editor and publisher of The Christian Century magazine. He is a Presbyterian pastor and was the moderator of the 208th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church.
In his lecture, Buchanan said the provision of welfare has historically been a tradition of both the United States and most religions. In a time when American society is increasingly divided by both politics and faith, it is imperative that each citizen remember his or her responsibility lies in ensuring the general welfare and common good.