12/04/2008 01:11 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

CEO Pay Cuts and Hybrid Road Trips by the Big Three

After being hit hard in the press over taking private jets to ask for tax payers money, there are some promising signs of change from Detroit. The "Big Three" CEOs have agreed to work for a dollar in the coming year in response to broad criticism of their compensation while asking for government funds. This change includes the clever stunt of driving back to D.C. in hybrid cars and leaving their private jets at home.

This kind of shift is small in the grand scheme of our current crisis, but it points in the right direction. As Brian McLaren wrote yesterday on our blog, we need "an ethic of responsibility." As people of faith it is important for us to imagine what this could look like and how it could be achieved. Shane Claiborne wrote the other day about how many of us need to say "ENOUGH!" to our addictions to stuff. As this conversation continues, I'd encourage our readers to keep posting comments with thoughts, ideas, articles, or Web sites to keep reading.

Jim Wallis is the author of The Great Awakening, Editor-in-Chief of Sojourners and blogs at

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