Bridges of Cooperation

Interfaith Action toward Racial Equity

Presentation by Eboo Patel
Friday, November 20, 2020, 10:00 — 11:00 AM 

Collectively, we face a moment of divisions in our society. Whether religious, political, racial, generational, economic, or in other areas, we find our communities, institutions, families, and society fracturing. Together, we can improve. We can build communities where sources of difference become sources of strength — where shared humanity and communal aspirations compel dialogue, not division. Eboo Patel and the Interfaith Youth Core he founded are committed to interfaith leadership to combat racism. In this free online presentation, Patel will share strategies for interfaith action toward racial equity. 

Photo of Eboo PatelEboo Patel, president of Interfaith Youth Core, founded this non-profit organization on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier or division. For over 15 years he has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Patel served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council and is the author of four books: Acts of FaithSacred GroundInterfaith Leadership: A Primerand Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.  

This program is part of The Democracy Project funded by Otto Bremer Trust and the Oren and Sharron Steinfeldt Foundation and is sponsored by the College of Saint Benedict in partnership with Concordia College of Morehead, Minnesota, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.  

Additional support is provided by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at Saint John’s University, CSB/SJU Becoming Community, Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CentraCare, Bernick's, Granite Equity Partners, Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation, Initiative Foundation, and #UNITECLOUD.