Saturday, December 12, 2009

Interfaith Youth Core

Here is a story not coming from our National Interfaith Reps. or the Parliament of the World's Religions.  It is about the vision of one Eboo Patel and is reported by the Chicago Tribune.

Eboo Patel -- the founder and executive director of Chicago's Interfaith Youth Core and one of the front men for the Obama administration's renewed focus on interfaith relations -- has won the $200,000 Grawemeyer Award, the most lucrative prize for a single work in the field of religion.

Selected from 67 nominations worldwide, Patel, 34, won the prize for his 2007 autobiography, "Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation."

"In America a lot of people say religion should only be private and you shouldn't talk about it," Patel said in an interview. "[As a result] people who seek positive cooperative relationships from different backgrounds forfeit the territory to those who seek divisive relationships between different religions. That public discourse became the framework through which people viewed religious diversity."

So, you may wish to check out the Interfaith Youth Core web site and see what they are up to.