Pluralist working towards making interfaith cooperation a norm in U.S.

Source: Harvard Pluralism Project
Source: Harvard Pluralism Project

A great interview with Interfaith Youth Core founder Eboo Patel is up on Real Clear Religion. Patel, who wrote a nice review of Akbar Ahmed‘s documentary Journey into America, which I directed, is one of the most important leaders in the U.S. today for his impressive work in promoting pluralism and interfaith dialogue.

RealClearReligion: What is the Interfaith Youth Core?

Eboo Patel: We want to make interfaith cooperation a social norm in the United States. We think that is a generational endeavor. So, over the course of the next thirty years, we try to impact the conversation about religion in public discourse in moving the conversation from faith as a barrier to faith as a bridge, we partner with higher education institutions to help them model interfaith cooperation, and we train young people to be interfaith leaders.

RCR: Where’s the starting point for interfaith conversations?

EP: The starting point is: How does your faith or philosophical identity inspire you to serve others?

RCR: Only service?

EP: It’s service. It’s compassion, hospitality, and mercy. How does your faith tradition speak to those concepts and how are you inspired to apply them?

Full interview


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