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Nick Price on evangelism in an interfaith world (via Relevant)

Nick Price kicks off a biweekly column on Relevant discussing interfaith and evangelism:

My hope is that evangelicals would have both a well-rounded understanding of interfaith work and its merits as well as a strong passion for evangelism and spreading the Gospel. These two values are not mutually exclusive, nor should they counteract each other as we engage in conversations with our neighbors of other faith traditions.

Check out the article here.

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New Look for Relevant Magazine Online

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.

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Learning From People of Other Faith Traditions

A reflection from Connie Jakab on Sojourners God’s Politics blog: What Muslims Have Taught Me

Muslim people give me a picture of many things we miss in North America: community, going back to simple things like caring for neighbors and the poor, and restoring faith back as the main principle in our lives. We may judge them, but there are many things to learn and glean from them. To be friends with them is to be blessed.

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Interfaith Movement in the NY Times

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

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The nonreligious and compassion

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

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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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