Dec. 1, 2008 INTERFAITH Issue - With Eboo Patel & Becca Hartman
We are delighted to advise you that Dr. Eboo Patel has agreed to be the Guest Editor of The Porpoise Diving Life for the December 1st 2008 Interfaith Issue. Becca Hartman is the Public Affairs Director for IFYC and assisted Eboo in preparing this issue.
Eboo blogs at The Faith Divide hosted by The Washington Post and Newsweek. In January 2008, Eboo and students from the InterFaith Youth Core were featured on ABC’s Good Morning America. You can view the video from ABC here. Eboo was also on the Brian Lehrer’s New York Public Radio Show (WNYC Radio). His most recent book was one of my favorites in 2007. It is entitled Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation.
I truly hope you watch the ABC video and listen to Eboo on the New York Public Radio Broadcast via the aforementioned links.
He is the founder and Executive Director, Interfaith Youth Core. Eboo founded Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) to bring young people from different faith communities together to work in social action projects, fostering cooperation instead of conflict among youth of diverse religious beliefs. IFYC’s program involves thousands of people working on social action projects addressing problems ranging from homelessness and hunger to education. IFYC also encourages young participants to identify values they share with one another and then articulate how their religious traditions speak to those shared values. IFYC is the first organization to use a service learning methodology to engage religiously diverse teenagers and young adults in community service that teaches them to live in understanding and cooperative service to others.
Eboo helped to create the idea and organization of the Interfaith Youth Core in June 1998. He has worked as an organizer, teacher and artist on four continents. He completed his Doctorate at Oxford University in the Sociology of Religion on a Rhodes Scholarship. Eboo was named one of "thirty social visionaries under thirty changing the world" by Utne Reader in 2002, and has been profiled by Conscious Choice Magazine and The Sunday Chicago Tribune. Eboo serves on the Board of the International Interfaith Centre, the North American Interfaith Network, and the Global Youth Action Network, and is President of the Board of CrossCurrents; his essays have appeared in God Within, Global Uprising, Initiative, Interreligious Insight, and Spiritual Perspectives on America's Role as a Superpower; and he has given talks all over the world, most notably at the World Trade Center in Barcelona, the University of Cape Town, UNESCO Paris and Oxford University.
I hope you will help to get the word out and prepare to participate in this upcoming issue.
Thank you Eboo and Becca!!!