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Annual Martin Luther King breakfast features Eboo Patel, leader of Interfaith Youth Core

Eboo-Headshot-2012Lisle, Illinois ~ Eboo Patel, Ph.D., whose Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) organization is focused on building the interfaith movement on college campuses nationwide, was the featured speaker at the 20th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast hosted by Benedictine University and College of DuPage on Monday, January 19, 2015.

The breakfast was held from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Main Dining Room of the Krasa Student Center on the campus of Benedictine University.

Patel, named by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Leaders of 2009,” is the founder and president of IFYC. The author of several books, Patel is also a regular contributor to The Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR and CNN.

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KidSpirit: The Ethics of the Interfaith Movement

Excerpt: Now, for the sake of ease, effectiveness and enjoyment, if we want to make the world a better place, we prefer to do it with others, rather than by ourselves. But how do we work with others when we have a different ethical code than they do? To answer this question, I decided to take a step away from the abstract. The effort to … Continue reading KidSpirit: The Ethics of the Interfaith Movement

Asia Society to host Eboo Patel, in collaboration with His Highness the Aga Khan Council for the Southwestern United States

In his latest book, Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America, interfaith activist Eboo Patel asks us to share in his vision of a better America—a robustly pluralistic country in which our commonalities are more important than our differences. Patel posits that Americans from George Washington to Martin Luther King, Jr. have been “interfaith leaders,” and illustrates how the forces of pluralism have … Continue reading Asia Society to host Eboo Patel, in collaboration with His Highness the Aga Khan Council for the Southwestern United States

Eboo Patel: US interfaith group reaches across spiritual divide

Excerpt: The son of Ismaili immigrants from Mumbai, Patel was raised on Chicago’s Far North side. During high school in the suburbs, Patel mixed with Hindus, Jews and evangelical Christians and suffered the occasional racial slur at lunch. At the University of Illinois he fell in with a radical crowd before gravitating towards social justice and the Catholic Worker organisation, which is devoted to helping … Continue reading Eboo Patel: US interfaith group reaches across spiritual divide

Eboo Patel: Dilemma of religious diversity

Excerpt: Just when I was worried that my son was becoming a Catholic, we got invited to a party celebrating Diwali — the festival of lights that signifies victory of good over evil — at our secular Hindu neighbor’s house. Zayd was uncharacteristically quiet for most of it, but when the food arrived, he looked over at his friend — the neighbor’s child — and … Continue reading Eboo Patel: Dilemma of religious diversity

Eboo Patel: US interfaith group reaches across spiritual divide – The National

In an America often convinced of the inevitable clash of civilisations, the challenges facing the IFYC and its leader, Eboo Patel, are considerable. The influential Rhodes scholar has worked with the Obama administration on several major interfaith projects. Yet he’s under no misconception that the IFYC can achieve its goal – making religious pluralism a social norm. “We should not and cannot judge how we’re … Continue reading Eboo Patel: US interfaith group reaches across spiritual divide – The National

TREP LIFE Episode 7 – Featuring Eboo Patel

After organizing interfaith movements in South Africa, India, and Sri Lanka, social entrepreneur Eboo Patel founded Interfaith Youth Core in 2002 with a mission to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. An Ashoka Fellow, Rhodes Scholar, TED Speaker, and White House policy advisor, Eboo has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, and NPR, and writes for the Huffington Post, Washington Post, and USA Today. http://www.treppingout.com/episodes/2011/12/14/trep-life-episode-7-featuring-eboo-patel.html Continue reading TREP LIFE Episode 7 – Featuring Eboo Patel

Eboo Patel: My Take: Muslims deepened their American roots after 9/11 – CNN Belief Blog

By Eboo Patel, Special to CNN In the early years of Islam, when the Muslim community was small and frequently under attack, the Prophet Mohammed sent a delegation of recent converts from the city of Mecca to the kingdom of Abyssinia. The Abyssinian king was a Christian and when he asked the Muslims about the faith they followed, one of the Muslims recited the Quran: … Continue reading Eboo Patel: My Take: Muslims deepened their American roots after 9/11 – CNN Belief Blog

Eboo Patel is a man on a mission—a really big mission | Impact – College of DuPage

Patel leads the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit organization he founded in 2002 as a way to connect young people of all faiths through community service and, in a big way, build cooperation in a world often divided by religion. “There are a lot of people who believe we are better apart, whether that’s Muslims and Christians or blacks and whites or Americans … Continue reading Eboo Patel is a man on a mission—a really big mission | Impact – College of DuPage

Eboo Patel: Effort Fosters Tolerance Among Religions – NYTimes.com

Mr. Patel started the Youth Core in 2002 with a Jewish friend, a $35,000 grant from the Ford Foundation and one full-time paid staff member, April Mendez, an evangelical Christian who still works with the organization as vice president for leadership. Mr. Patel’s parents were Indian immigrants from the Ismaili Shiite sect (led by the imam Aga Khan IV), which is known for its philanthropic … Continue reading Eboo Patel: Effort Fosters Tolerance Among Religions – NYTimes.com

Luther College hosting 23rd annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum: Eboo Patel to present keynote address

Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi and peace activist Eboo Patel to present keynote addresses Luther College is hosting the 23rd annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, a conference featuring presentations by Nobel Peace Prize laureates and other national and international leaders. The forum is the Norwegian Nobel Institute’s only such program or academic affiliation outside Norway. The theme of the 2011 … Continue reading Luther College hosting 23rd annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum: Eboo Patel to present keynote address

Eboo Patel: Have experiences of failure helped to shape your calling? | What’s Your Calling?

Founder & President, Interfaith Youth Core – Eboo Patel shares an experience of failure from his high school days, explaining how it motivates him to promote interfaith cooperation today. Named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo is the Founder & President of Interfaith Youth Core. http://whatsyourcalling.org/campaign/have-experiences-of-failure-helped-to-shape-your-calling Continue reading Eboo Patel: Have experiences of failure helped to shape your calling? | What’s Your Calling?

Eboo Patel to present at Nobel Peace Prize Forum

Jan. 12, 2011 Luther College will host the 23rd annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum—a conference featuring presentations by Nobel Peace Prize laureates and other national and international leaders—March 4-5. The forum is the Norwegian Nobel Institute’s only such program or academic affiliation outside Norway. The theme of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Forum is “Striving for Peace: Courage to Act”; the forum will focus on … Continue reading Eboo Patel to present at Nobel Peace Prize Forum