Like a typical youngster, he was concerned about what his peers thought about him. “Eboo Patel is an exciting new voice of a new America: diverse but not divisive, hopeful but not utopian. [5]:123 He officially founded IFYC in 2002 with a Jewish friend and a $35,000 grant from the Ford Foundation. Somehow, the religious people I admired overcame the human desire to hurt others. Watch as Eboo Patel talks about the power of interfaith and how there's room for all of us and what we believe in. Top Stories. Eboo Patel is the founder and Executive Director of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based institution building the global interfaith youth movement. As Eboo Patel states on the Interfaith Youth Core website, the core belief is that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He is inspired to build this bridge by his identity as an American Muslim navigating a religiously diverse social landscape. It is precisely the reason I was drawn to religion in the first place. For over 15 years he has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and … Christianity and Moral Identity in Higher Education. Eboo Patel, Chicago, IL. When he’s not teaching his kids about interfaith cooperation, there’s a good chance he’s rooting for Notre Dame and feeding a lifelong coffee addiction. . Growing up as an Ismaili Muslim (of the Shia branch of Islam) in the US, Patel often reluctantly participated in the religious rituals of his parents’ faith. When public discourse around religious diversity is so fraught, how might faculty teach about religion in a way that encourages civic engagement and participation in a diverse society in college students? Today, “Religious Passion, Pluralism, and the Young.” Eboo Patel was born in 1975 to a Muslim family of Indian heritage in a Chicago suburb. Eboo Patel is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) and has worked for over 15 years to make interfaith cooperation the norm.. In his early 20s, he collaborated on projects around the world, including Sri Lanka, South Africa, and India. Patel grew up in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he attended Glenbard South High School. Patel sees hope - and offers solutions - for the country to work through difference and emerge stronger because of it, not in spite of it. He is the author of four books and dozens of articles, has spoken on more than 150 campuses, and served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council. He is a respected leader on national issues of religious diversity, civic engagement, and the intersection of racial equity and interfaith cooperation. Today, “Religious Passion, Pluralism, and the Young.” Eboo Patel was born in 1975 to a Muslim family of Indian heritage in a Chicago suburb. 2020 Holiday Coverage. Patel grew up in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he attended Glenbard South High School. About the Author (s)/Editor (s)/Translator (s): Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core and the author of Acts of Faith and Sacred Ground. After … Patel also believes that students are leaders, so he launched a movement that has reshaped the nature of interfaith activity in the United States. Patel founded the non-profit organization Interfaith Youth Core on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier. He recounts his sensitivity about his religious background and ties: During religious holidays, I would look at the sea of brown people. ... Dr. Patel served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. Eboo Patel How Change Happens 2. Eboo Patel was a member of President Barack Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. These days, Eboo spends most of his time on the road, doing what he loves: meeting students, educators, and community leaders to talk about the complex landscape of religious diversity and the power of interfaith cooperation in the 21st century. For over 15 years he has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help make interfaith cooperation a social norm. It is Eboo Patel's job, as a member of the president's Faith Advisory Council, to promote understanding between Muslims and people of other religions. 3K likes. By Eboo Patel. Podcast: Eboo Patel on Islam, Pluralism, and the “Faith Line” By Robert P. Jones The Faith Line, as Eboo describes it, does not separate people of different religions but separates religious pluralists on the one hand and religious totalitarians on the other. He is the author of Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground, Interfaith Leadership and … [8] His second book, Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America, was released in August 2012. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his undergraduate studies and earned a degree in Sociology. Dionne, David Gergen, Ingrid Mattson, Eboo Patel, and Jim Wallis. IFYC founder and president Eboo Patel spoke with Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) President and founder, and podcast host Robert P. Jones, to discuss whether this crisis will unite the country or amplify old tensions – Patel and Jones have different analyses on this fundamental question. Eboo Patel is founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a nonprofit group that works with colleges on issues of religious diversity. Eboo reviews findings from the latest IDEALS report, focusing on the role institutions of higher learning play in reducing race-based discrimination. Eboo Patel, president of Interfaith Youth Core, founded the non-profit organization on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier or division. He speaks for all of us from a rising generation of bright, brown, and bold Americans who have much to offer a country embarking on a new millennium and in need of new blood.” Eboo Patel, former faith adviser to Barack Obama, provides answers to this timely question. Eboo addresses the 2019 ILI sharing the hope he feels from seeing so many young leaders and educators ready to make interfaith cooperation a norm on their campuses. February 28, 2017. Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, giving a lecture at Roanoke College in February 2013. Race & Religion. Eboo explores the position of the traitor-alien in diversity work and asks the question of how you build a community that is strong enough to deal with inevitable deep disagreement. “An Effort to Foster Tolerance in Religion.”, Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sandor Teszler Award for Moral Courage and Service to Humanity, “An Effort to Foster Tolerance in Religion,”, Roosevelt Institute’s Freedom of Worship Medal, US News: Obama Names Members of New Faith Advisory Council, LA Times: White House panel will guide faith-based programs, http://www.stanforddaily.com/cgi-bin/?p=2298, https://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/14/us/14patel.html?_r=3, "John Hope Franklin Center | Duke University Center for International and Global Studies", "DePaul University commencement ceremonies set for this weekend", "Eboo Patel to be Commencement Speaker - News - Claremont Lincoln University", "Mark H. 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After graduating from college, he taught at an alternative education program for high school dropouts in Chicago and, inspired partly by Dorothy Day’s Catholic Worker movement, founded a cooperative living community for activists and artists in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. He is a respected leader on national issues of religious diversity, civic engagement, and the intersection of racial equity and interfaith cooperation. He is the author of four books and dozens of articles, has spoken on more than 150 campuses, and served on … New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core and the author of Acts of Faith. “Eboo Patel is an exciting new voice of a new America: diverse but not divisive, hopeful but not utopian. Eboo Patel learns firsthand what it’s like to lose your identity, lose faith in your government, and find out the negativity that can encompass a person’s very core. From American Public Media, this is Speaking of Faith, public radio’s conversation about religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas. Dr. Eboo Patel is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a non-profit organization working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm in America. For over 15 years he has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Patel details his life and career extensively in his 2007 autobiography, Acts of Faith. President-elect Joe Biden delivers a Thanksgiving address at the Queen Theatre on Nov. 25, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware. He is the founder of the nonprofit organization Interfaith Youth Core, which works specifically with young people to promote interfaith cooperation and understanding. Drawing on legendary philosophies and rarely told stories of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Interfaith Youth Core founder Eboo Patel gives a deeper meaning to the word ‘religion,’ conjuring powerful ideas of hope and togetherness rather than fear and division. Eboo shares his vision for America as a potluck nation – one where all are welcome to the table and diverse contributions are celebrated. Failing to educate the next generation of citizens on the role of religion in our democracy is like failing to teach doctors how the circulatory system works. Are We Losing Our Religion? [5]:61–69 As an activist, Patel felt that diversity, service, and faith were important parts of civic life but found no community organization that touched on all three, specifically one that worked with young people. mouthing Arabic prayers with their eyes closed and … Eboo Patel, president of Interfaith Youth Core, founded the non-profit organization on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier or division. Eboo Patel is a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Dr. Eboo Patel is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a non-profit organization working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm in America. ... Obscuring politics and religion. He was a member of President Obama's inaugural faith council, is a regular contributor to the Washington Post , Huffington Post , CNN, and public radio, and speaks frequently about interfaith cooperation on … Eboo Patel, IFYC Founder & President, provides answers to this important question in this inspiring and thought-provoking book. Patel and IFYC partnered with White House officials in developing President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, which invited schools across the nation to make interfaith cooperation a campus priority and launched in 2011. About. Dr. Ebrahim “Eboo” Patel is leading the movement to engage young people of various religious identities in the United States in interfaith community service. Tibetan Buddhist masters talked about their struggle to love their Chinese tormentors. Eboo Patel, one of the nation’s leading scholars in religion and interfaith studies, will speak at a President’s Associates dinner at the University of Oklahoma on Monday, Sept. 9. Eboo Patel promotes potluck, not melting pot, pluralism March 9, 2020 Speaking in Perkins Chapel at SMU, Eboo Patel emphasized the civic framework that ensures religious liberty in the United States had its roots in the deeply held religious convictions of some early European settlers who stood up for the rights of neighbors with different beliefs. Eboo Patel is founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core and author of “Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise.” Submit a … Eboo Patel is currently working on a new book that will be published in August 2012. WHAT: Eboo Patel is the Founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international organization that brings young people from different faith communities together to build understanding and cooperation. [5]:74 In response, he developed the idea for the Interfaith Youth Core,[7] formulated through his relationship with Brother Wayne Teasdale and blessed by the Dalai Lama, that would bring young people of different faiths together around service and dialogue. Eboo Patel was a member of President Barack Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. Secretary Albright stressed that the world is watching the United States: interreligious strife at home damages our image abroad. Eboo Patel is an Indian-American, a Muslim, a sociologist, and the founder and leader of the Interfaith Youth Core, active now on some 50 American campuses. Religion for Patel is the way to do that - creating interfaith engagements that lead to lasting relationships will transform the country. Religious diversity is the norm in American life, and that diversity is only increasing, says Eboo Patel. Patel also believes that students are leaders, so he launched a movement that has reshaped the nature of interfaith activity in the United States. One book I intend to use is Eboo Patel’s memoir entitled, Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation (Boston: Beacon Press, 2007). Eboo Patel is founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit that promotes interfaith cooperation. The event will be preceded by … Dorchester, carrying 902 service men, merchant seamen, and civilian workers, sunk in the cold Atlantic Ocean. As founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit organization working towards an America where people of different faiths, world views, and traditions can bridge differences and find common values to build a shared life together, Eboo Patel is committed to the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. Patel and Tippett approach questions of religion and spirituality through different lenses. Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise, Here’s How Biden Can Keep the Faith, and Spread it, To Curb Hate Crimes, Colleges Must Step Up, The Role of Religion in American Polarization, Interfaith Youth Core's Eboo Patel at Ideas Day, How students are building bridges between faiths. Aired: 04/12/07 Rating: NR Eboo Patel is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a non-profit organization that is working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm in America. Eboo Patel. Eboo opened the panel, a partnership between The Aspen Institute and IFYC, moderated by NPR’s Tom Gjelten. Eboo Patel is the founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, an international nonprofit that is building an interfaith youth movement. Will be rescheduled. I am preparing for a new course on religious autobiography next semester. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, He is on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee of the, University of Illinois Outstanding Asian-American Alumni Award, 2010, Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum, 2010, Stanford University Muslim American Contribution Award, 2009, Named a “Future Policy Leader” by Harvard Kennedy School Review, 2008, This page was last edited on 12 December 2020, at 01:13. He is inspired to build this bridge … Eboo Patel is a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Ahead of the Trend Religion Research. Eboo Patel He is the author of the books Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground, Interfaith Leadership and Out of Many Faiths . In his off time, you’ll find Eboo in Chicago with his wife, Shehnaz, and their two sons. Are We Losing Our Religion? Dec 21. In addition to his work with IFYC, Patel has spoken at numerous college campuses and conferences across the country. PRRI’s Robbie Jones, John Inazu, professor of law and religion at Washington University, and Laurie Patton, President of Middlebury College helped Eboo mark the launch of his new book. Author, Speaker, Educator, and Interfaith Leader. Glanzer, P. L., & Ream, T. C. (2009). Eboo Patel, former faith adviser to Barack Obama, provides answers to this timely question. He is inspired to build this bridge by his identity as an American Muslim navigating a religiously diverse social landscape. Patel, Eboo; Meyer, Cassie – Journal of College and Character, 2011. Kelly is wondering how a spiritual orientation changes a person in this conversation with scholar Eboo Patel. He was a member of President Obama's inaugural faith council, is a regular contributor to the Washington Post , Huffington Post, CNN, and public radio, and speaks frequently about interfaith cooperation on college campuses. Eboo Patel is a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. In this installment of the This American Moment series, Eboo Patel, director of the Interfaith Youth Core, discusses his efforts to promote religious pluralism among young people. In this inspiring and thought-provoking book, Patel draws on his personal experience as a Muslim in America to examine broader questions about the importance of religious diversity in the cultural, political, and … Accessed at Kelly's mom spends part of every day in a Catholic Church, as did her father his entire life. Author of the award-winning book Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, Eboo is also a regular contributor to the Washington Post, National Public Radio and CNN. Goldie speaks to Eboo about IFYC’s commitment to offer interfaith leadership training to students studying online as well as in residential higher education. Eboo Patel, former faith adviser to Barack Obama and named one of America’s best leaders by U.S. News & World Report, provides answers to this timely and consequential question. It is a part of each of us. For over 15 years, he has worked with governments, social sector organizations and college and university campuses to help make interfaith cooperation a social norm. (2011-September 11) Evildoers and us. By **Eboo Patel** We humans know violence well. For over 15 years he has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Eboo Patel's optimism for the United States is refreshing and needed. Kelly's mom spends part of every day in a Catholic Church, as did her father his entire life. Drawing on his personal experience as a Muslim in America, Eboo examines broader questions about the importance of religious diversity … The two leaders also reflect on the findings of a recent PRRI survey on the coronavirus and … [6] He has a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. Aired: 04/12/07 Rating: NR [5]:74, While a student at Oxford, Patel ran numerous interfaith youth projects in India, Sri Lanka, and South Africa. As Eboo Patel states on the Interfaith Youth Core website, the core belief is that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. This American Muslim of Indian descent has written a fascinating and timely memoir about his calling to educate a new generation to the values of religious tolerance and service to all humanity. Chronicle of Higher Education. He has a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. “Eboo Patel is an exciting new voice of a new America: diverse but not divisive, hopeful but not utopian. Prior to dinner, Patel will meet with OU students for an informal discussion. At the Aspen Ideas Festival last week, we discussed this challenge and opportunity in two panels featuring Madeleine Albright, E.J. The case for interfaith America with Eboo Patel On Feb. 3, 1943, the U.S.A.T. Named by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council and is the author of Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground, Interfaith Leadership: A Primer, and Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise. Eboo Patel is a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core and the author of Acts of Faith. Eboo Patel How Change Happens 2. [8] Today the organization employs approximately 30 people and has a $4-million operating budget.[8]. Eboo Patel is an interfaith leader who worked as a member of President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-based Neighborhood Partnerships. Dec 21. Goodstein, Laurie. He is an American Ismaili of Gujarati Indian heritage and founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international … Chicago Tribune | Nov 25, 2020 at 5:47 PM . Written By Katie Davies . [5] He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his undergraduate studies and earned a degree in Sociology. . Eboo founded Interfaith Youth Core on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. Eboo Patel: We want to make interfaith cooperation a social norm in the United States.We think that is a generational endeavor. Eboo Patel is an Indian-American, a Muslim, a sociologist, and the founder and leader of the Interfaith Youth Core, active now on some 50 American campuses. In this thought-provoking book, Patel draws on his personal experience as a Muslim in America to examine the importance of religious diversity in the nation’s cultural, political, and economic life. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. In the book, Patel notes that he became interested in religious diversity in college, where he noticed that conversations on multiculturalism and multiple identities did not involve religious identity. 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