From Jan. 22-25, St. James Episcopal Church’s Center for Spiritual Formation will host the broadcast of a diverse group of scholars, faith leaders and economists offering strategies for developing a more just economy.

The sessions at the Baton Rouge center, 205 N. Fourth St., will include Dr. Cornel West, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Barbara Ehrenreich and Robert Reich, who are participating in the Trinity Institute’s 44th National Theological Conference, “Creating Common Good: A Practical Conference on Economic Equality,” in New York.

It is free and open to all, but registration is requested. Email, or call (225) 387-5141, ext. 222. To read more about the conference, visit

West, author of “The Rich and the Rest of Us,” will offer an opening keynote building the framework of the conference.

Archbishop Welby will consider when inequality becomes sinful and talk about the common good.

Ehrenreich, author of “Nickel and Dimed,” is set to discuss the class divide in American society, delving into issues such as immigration, poverty, gender and mobility.

An economist, author and professor, former Secretary of Labor Reich will discuss his 2013 documentary “Inequality for All” via Skype.

The film seeks to discover what makes up a good society and what role the widening income gap plays in the deterioration of the nation’s economic health.

As a partner site, St. James will offer all aspects of the conference in real time, via webcast — where participants can submit questions for speakers via email during the live question-and-answer sessions. Onsite reflection groups are coordinated using materials prepared and provided by Trinity Institute.