We thought it… relevant… to mention that Relevant Magazine just launched a new-look website at www.relevantmagazine.com. The platform frequently hosts discussions of interest to our work here at Faith Line Protestants, like this piece by Chris Stedman or a 2011 interview of Eboo Patel.
In fact, Cameron and Greg will be contributing to the new Relevant as part of a panel of op-ed columnists with bi-weekly articles. Stay tuned here for links to those columns and, of course, check out the new www.relevantmagazine.com.
NY Times opinion writer David Bornstein talks about the Interfaith Youth Core’s model for leadership and the movement that is taking place on college campuses. Faith Line Protestant’s own Greg Damhorst is quoted. Enjoy:
A Better Way to Talk About Faith
From God’s Politics:
“At the same time, Willer said, the view of nonreligious people as cold and amoral needs adjustment. “We find that nonreligious people do feel compassion for others, and that those feelings are strongly related to whether they choose to help others or not.”
I’m not surprised, as I know many nonreligious folks who show compassion and dedication to service. My question for believers: how does this inform and influence the way we engage our nonreligious friends?
Atheists, Believers Both Do Good But for Different Reasons, Studies Say
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
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.
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.
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.