Acts of Faith Author Addresses Interfaith Youth Movement for the 21st Century,

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Michael McAlpin
Director of Media Relations
(925) 631-4222
mdm5@stmarys-ca.edu

What: Saint Mary's College of California's yearlong Interfaith Initiative project features guest speaker Eboo Patel. Recently appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Patel is the founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based institution dedicated to building a global interfaith youth movement.

Patel is also the author of "Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation." His lecture will address the necessity of interfaith engagement and how young people can help foster religious pluralism through shared values and service across the religious landscape.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, 7 p.m.

Where: Soda Activity Center, Saint Mary's College of California
1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga, Calif. 94556

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Background: Eboo Patel's lecture is part of a yearlong interfaith initiative sponsored by the Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism and others at Saint Mary's College. The Center focuses on bringing together religiously diverse communities to address problems of common concern in public policy and political culture. The Center is currently developing public policy recommendations on issues such as religious rights for the incarcerated, religious pluralism and economic justice and interfaith understanding in education.

During the 2009-2010 academic year the Center is collaborating with the Interfaith Youth Core, the College's Mission and Ministry Center and others campus-wide on a variety of events, including building an interfaith prayer wall and interfaith leadership workshops for students, faculty and staff.

For more information visit www.engagedpluralism.org or contact Professor Barbara McGraw, director of the Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism at (925) 631-4061.

Contact 

Michael McAlpin
Director of Media Relations
(925) 631-4222
mdm5@stmarys-ca.edu

What: Saint Mary’s College of California’s yearlong Interfaith Initiative project features guest speaker Eboo Patel. Recently appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Patel is the founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based institution dedicated to building a global interfaith youth movement.

Patel is also the author of "Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation." His lecture will address the necessity of interfaith engagement and how young people can help foster religious pluralism through shared values and service across the religious landscape.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, 7 p.m.

Where: Soda Activity Center, Saint Mary’s College of California
1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga, Calif. 94556

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Background: Eboo Patel's lecture is part of a yearlong interfaith initiative sponsored by the Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism and others at Saint Mary's College. The Center focuses on bringing together religiously diverse communities to address problems of common concern in public policy and political culture. The Center is currently developing public policy recommendations on issues such as religious rights for the incarcerated, religious pluralism and economic justice and interfaith understanding in education.

During the 2009-2010 academic year the Center is collaborating with the Interfaith Youth Core, the College’s Mission and Ministry Center and others campus-wide on a variety of events, including building an interfaith prayer wall and interfaith leadership workshops for students, faculty and staff.

For more information visit www.engagedpluralism.org or contact Professor Barbara McGraw, director of the Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism at (925) 631-4061.

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