Author Archives: Faith Line Protestants

President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge announced for second year

You are probably aware that both Cameron and I have been active with Illinois Interfaith Service, the initiative our campus started in response to the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge this past year which organized  the first ever Illinois Conference on Interfaith Collaboration. The White House Office on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships recently announced the second year of the challenge, and we are excited to see where this year takes us.

Check out the announcement on ED.gov: http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/list/fbci/campus-challenge.html

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Greg’s article re-published in May issue of The Interfaith Observer

You can (re)read my article, which originally appeared on the Huffington Post, here: http://theinterfaithobserver.org/journal-articles/2012/5/15/clooney-kony-and-why-interfaith-matters.html

The Interfaith Observer is a monthly electronic journal that explores the interfaith movement. Many of our friends have contributed writing to this journal over the years.

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Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America

We are excited to see Eboo Patel’s new book go up on Amazon for pre-order: Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America.

From Amazon.com:

An inspiring call for Americans to defend the values of inclusiveness and pluralism by one of our best-known American Muslim leaders

In the decade following the attacks of 9/11, suspicion and animosity toward American Muslims has increased rather than subsided. Alarmist, hateful rhetoric once relegated to the fringes of political discourse has now become frighteningly mainstream, with pundits and politicians routinely invoking the specter of Islam as a menacing, deeply anti-American force. In this timely new book, author, activist, and presidential advisor Eboo Patel says this prejudice is not just a problem for Muslims but also a challenge to the very idea of America. Sacred Groundshows us that Americans from George Washington to Martin Luther King Jr. have been “interfaith leaders,” and it illustrates how the forces of pluralism in America have time and again defeated the forces of prejudice. Now a new generation needs to rise up and confront the anti-Muslim prejudice of our era. To this end, Patel offers a primer in the art and science of interfaith work, bringing to life the growing body of research on how faith can be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division and sharing stories from the frontlines of interfaith activism. Pluralism, Patel boldly argues, is at the heart of the American project. It is a responsibility we all must share, and Patel’s visionary book will inspire Americans of all faiths to make this country a place where diverse traditions can thrive side by side.

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Jim Wallis on responding to religious intolerance

From the Huffington Post:

“I do not advocate a religious pluralism that blurs the significant differences between religions, but I do believe that my religious tradition calls me to be a peacemaker and to love my neighbors, especially when I do not agree with them.”

Read the article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-wallis/a-test-of-character_b_1501616.html.

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John Morehead on evangelicals and relating to people of other faiths

John Morehead, Director of the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy discusses evangelicalism and relating to people of other faiths.

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Quick thoughts after ICIC12

Cameron and I just finished with a long and exhausting weekend organizing and participating in the Illinois Conference on Interfaith Collaboration. I really enjoyed the chance to chat with Jim Wallis of Sojourners on Friday night, run another interfaith meal packaging event, see Chris Stedman (although meal-packaging clean-up kept me from attending his talk), and hear from Valarie Kaur this morning. All had very different backgrounds and perspectives but stimulated a lot of great conversation. We’ll follow-up in the coming days with some reflects and content from ICIC12.

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More on Gordon College – MIT Partnership

Just came across this video about the Loving our Religious Neighbors group led by Kyleen Burke – enjoy!

(Thanks to John Morehead for the tip via the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy Facebook group)

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Call for Contributions

Faith Line Protestants is growing, and we want to hear from you!

Are you interested in the intersection of Christianity and the interfaith movement? Are you an evangelical Christian with insight on communicating your faith to others with gentleness and respect in a religiously diverse world? Do you have something to share about an experience with an evangelical – positive or negative – that influenced your perspective on Christianity? Then we want to hear from you!

Submission categories

Inspiration. Perhaps you identify as a Christian and an interfaith activist. Tell us what motivates you to be involved in interfaith work. Dig in to the scriptures, your past experiences, or your personal outlook on life and tell us what inspires you to be a part of interfaith cooperation!

Stories. Perhaps you identify as a Christian and you’ve had a positive experience working alongside people of other faith traditions. Tell us your story! What did you learn? How did the opportunity help you to communicate your faith in a gentle and respectful way? Tell us about your current work in your community/college campus or tell us a story from your past.

Perspectives. Perhaps you identify with a non-Christian faith tradition but have something to say about the intersection of evangelicals and interfaith work. Tell us about a positive experience you’ve had with an evangelical OR tell us about a negative experience and tell us how it affected you.

OR

Submit an idea for anything you feel might fall within the purview of FLP’s mission and interests. We’d love to hear your suggestions!

Guidelines

  • A blog approximately 400-600 words, submit as a word document or in an e-mail to mail@faithlineprotestants.org.
  • Provide a fitting title for your piece.
  • Any relevant links in square brackets (ex: “[www.faithlineprotestants.org]”) following the text which you would like hyperlinked in your post.
  • A 1-3 sentence bio describing who you are, what you do, or what you’re passionate about.
  • Recommended: a photograph that illustrates or accompanies your post, minimum horizontal resolution 640 px, minimum vertical resolution 250 px.
  • Optional: your headshot.

Faith Line Protestants reserves the right to make final decisions on whether any material is posted to our site. Content deemed inconsistent with the FLP mission may be denied. Content deemed inspiring, insightful or respectfully challenging will be given priority!

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