Interfaith Leadership


with Dr. Eboo Patel

Thursday, October 6, 1:30 p.m.

at Winnetka Covenant Church, 1200 Hibbard Road, Wilmette, IL

Dr. Patel’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with leaders from the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faiths.

Ministry Mentors is sponsoring this event for all spiritual leaders interested in learning more about each other, each other’s faiths, and seeking ways to come together in our communities.


Dr. Eboo Patel is founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international non-profit building the interfaith youth movement. He has many accomplishments (read more about Dr. Patel) including three books: Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground, and Interfaith Leadership.

A summary of his book, Act of Faith, as stated by Paul Raushenbush, ( is:  “Remarkable. . . A well written, compelling testimony to how one man is trying to ensure that different religions can live side by side in peace.”

Let me interrupt my writing to say that I just turned on the T. V.  I am witnessing right now that Istanbul has been attacked at the airport killing and injuring yet another group of beloved children, mothers, fathers, grandparents, friends and neighbors. NO MORE!!!

These are challenging times. We need to understand each other. We need each other. We need leaders like Dr. Patel, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Rev. Jim Wallis and other faith leaders to lead strong movements gathering all faiths together to form bonds of love and respect rather than hate and violence. AND all leaders need each of us as spiritual leaders to offer our hearts and hands joined together to support and fight for what unites us rather than encourage and fight for what divides us.

Dr. Patel says: “One hundred years ago, the great African American scholar W.E.B. DuBois famously said,  “The problem with the 20th century is the problem of the color line. “  I believe the problem of the 21st century will be shaped by the question of the faith line. On one side of the faith line are the religious totalitarians. Their conviction is that only one interpretation of one religion is a legitimate way of being, believing, and belonging on earth. Everyone else needs to be cowed, or converted, or condemned, or killed. On the other side of the faith line are the religious pluralist, who hold that people believing in different creeds and belonging to different communities need to learn to live together. Religious pluralism is neither mere coexistence nor forced consensus. It is a form of proactive cooperation that affirms the identity of the constituent communities while emphasizing that the well-being of each and all depends on the health of the whole. It is the belief that the common good is best served when each community has a chance to make its unique contribution.” 

What a gift Dr. Patel is to spiritual leaders of all ages. You won’t want to miss this!!Shalom,

Jolene Bergstrom Carlson
Executive Director/President

Thursday, October 6, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

1:30-2:30   Dr. Patel
2:30-3:00   Break and Connecting time
3:00-4:30   Panel of Faith Leaders and Discussion

Watch for registration details and information in the next few weeks.The first 100 registrations will receivea signed copy of Dr. Patel’s new book out in July, Interfaith Leadership.

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