The Art of Interfaith Leadership

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with Dr. Eboo Patel
founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core
was held on Thursday, October 6, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
at Winnetka Covenant Church, 1200 Hibbard Road, Wilmette, IL
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Dr. Patel’s presentation was followed a panel discussion with leaders from the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faiths, including Imam Hazim Fazlic, Imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of Greater Chicago, Rabbi Wendi Geffen, Senior Rabbi of North Shore Congregation Israel, Rev. Peter Hawkinson, Sr. Pastor of Winnetka Covenant Church, and Dr. Hal Edwards served as the panel moderator.
 

The ART of INTERFAITH LEADERSHIP

One of the beauties of Dr. Patel’s work is that he not only shares personal stories, outlines the areas of growth for faith communities, but he also offers practical action plans. 

In his second book, “Sacred Ground,” Dr. Patel notes the difference between diversity and pluralism and suggests ways to actually work toward a common good.

“Harvard University scholar, Diana Eck, makes a crucial distinction between diversity and pluralism:  diversity is simply the fact of people from different backgrounds living in close quarters.

“Where diversity is a fact, pluralism is an achievement–it means deliberate and positive engagement of diversity; it means building strong bonds between people of different backgrounds.

“America is among the most religiously diverse countries in human history and by far the most religiously devout nation in the West.  How are we doing when it comes to bridging our religiously diverse social capital?

“Social scientists measure America’s religious diversity in three basic ways: Attitudes, Relationships, and Knowledge”

Understanding can be achieved by looking at our attitudes, seeking relationships outside our social and religious communities, and working together in service for the common good.

What a privilege to have Dr. Patel and panel participants, Imam Hazim Fazlic, Imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of Greater Chicago, Rabbi Wendi Geffen, Senior Rabbi of North Shore Congregation Israel, Rev. Peter Hawkinson, Sr. Pastor of Winnetka Covenant Church, and panel moderator Rev. Dr. Hal Edwards, lead us in exploring how interfaith leadership has a great opportunity and responsibility to learn from each other, work together, and to affect the lives of others seeking wholeness. 

Shalom,Jolene Bergstrom Carlson
Executive Director/President
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