Building the Interfaith Youth Movement: Beyond Dialogue to Action

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - Religion - 276 pages
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Violence committed by religious young people has become a regular feature of our daily news reports. What we hear less about are the growing numbers of religious young people from all faith backgrounds who are committed to interfaith understanding and cooperation. Building the Interfaith Youth Movement is the first book to describe this important phenomenon. Contributions include concrete descriptions of various interfaith youth projects across the country from an arts-program in the South Bronx to a research program at Harvard University to a national organization called the Interfaith Youth Core based in Chicago written by the founders and leaders of those initiatives. Additional chapters articulate the theory and methodology of this important new movement. This book is a must-read for college chaplains, religious leaders who work with youth, and students and scholars of contemporary religion."
 

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Contents

Affirming Identity Achieving Pluralism Sociological Insights from a Practitioner of Interfaith Youth Work
15
Young Adult Development Religious Identity and Interreligious Solidarity in an Interfaith Learning Community
25
Theologies of Interreligious Encounters and Their Relevance to Youth
43
Towards a Transnational Interfaith Youth Network in Higher Education The HarvardWCRP Model
51
The Gujarat Young Adult Project of the International Association for Religious Freedom IARF
65
Youth Leadership A Catalyst for Global Good
75
The Next Generation Training Leaders Under One Big Tent
83
Youth and the Pluralism Project An Open Energized Network
91
The Interfaith Youth Core Building Chicago as a Model Interfaith Youth City
169
The Interfaith Youth Leadership Council of the Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
181
The High School Youth Program of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington
185
The Sacred Stories Project of the Ghetto Film School
199
Spirit into Action An Interfaith Weekend Model
209
E Pluribus Unum A Model High School Seniors TwoWeek Interreligious Program
219
The Chicago Interfaith Service House
225
Face to FaceFaith to Faith An International Interreligious Youth Program
233

Seminarians Interacting One Model of Multifaith Theological Education
101
Towards a Multifaith Community at Wellesley College
109
Bringing Interfaith to the University of Illinois
125
Articulating What Is at Stake in Interreligious Work
131
Teaching World Religions How and Why
137
Secondary School Teacher Training in Religious Studies Their Key Role in Interreligious Youth Education
147
Training Teachers in American Religious Diversity
155
Ask Pastor Paul Online Interfaith Pastoral Work with Youth
245
Conclusion
257
Epilogue
263
Index
265
About the Contributors
269
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About the author (2006)

Eboo Patel is the Founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international organization that brings young people from different faith communities together to build understanding and cooperation. He earned his doctorate in the Sociology of Religion from the University of Oxford, where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. Patel is a regular guest on Chicago Public Radio and a frequent contributor to the Op-Ed pages of The Chicago Tribune. Additionally, he has written for The Harvard Divinity School Bulletin, Utne Magazine, The Journal of Muslim Law and Culture and National Public Radio. He serves on the Boards of the International Interfaith Center, CrossCurrents Magazine and Duke University's Islamic Studies Center. Patel has been featured in a range of media, including The New Republic, NPR, the BBC, and CNN. He is a sought-after speaker, and his addresses include the keynote speech at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum with President Jimmy Carter and the Baccalaureate Service Address at the University of Pennsylvania. Patel is an Ashoka Fellow, part of an elite network of social entrepreneurs with ideas that have the potential to change the world. Patrice Brodeur has recently been appointed Canada Research Chair on Islam, Pluralism, and Globalization at the University of Montreal in the Faculty of Theology and the Science of Religions. Born in Canada and educated in Israel and Jordan, he obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1999. He has published on a variety of mostly contemporary subjects in Islamic and Religious Studies, from theory to applied religion. He has been active internationally in the field of interreligious dialogue and has begun articulating theoretical implications for the interdisciplinary academic study of religion. He was a fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University (1997 1998) and received a summer National

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