Hearing the Call Across Traditions: Readings on Faith and Service

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Adam Davis
SkyLight Paths Pub., 2009 - Religion - 337 pages
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The call of faith and the call of service are often heard together. Faith is often related to the endeavor to improve the world, materially or otherwise.

This unique collection of prose, verse, and sacred texts from different religious perspectives explores faith, service and social justice through the lens of literature. Drawing from diverse literary genres, religious and philosophical perspectives, and historical periods, these short and provocative readings are organized thematically to provoke reflection on these three questions:

Why do I serve? Whom do I serve? How do I serve?

Contributions come from across the world's faith traditionsChristianity, Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism, and more. Contributorsyoung and old, contemporary and ancient, male and femaleinclude such spiritual and literary luminaries as: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rabindranath Tagore, Flannery O'Connor, Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, Dorothy Day, Chuang Tzu, Rumi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Mary Oliver, George Orwell, and more. Includes discussion questions, guides to readings by genre and tradition, and resources on how to form interfaith groups and engage them in service.

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About the author (2009)

Adam Davis, senior research and teaching associate at the Project on Civic Reflection, is co-editor of The Civically

Engaged Reader:A Diverse Collection of Short and Provocative Readings on Civic Activity and Talking Service:

Readings for Civic Reflection.

Dr. Eboo Patel is the founder and director of the Interfaith Youth Core and is one of the world's most sought-after speakers on the subject of the interfaith movement and the interfaith youth movement in particular. He serves as a board member for several major interfaith associations and holds membership in such exclusive organizations as the Council on Foreign Relations and the EastWest Institute. Dr. Patel is currently working on a book on the role of religious youth in themodern era. He is author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation.

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