Embracing Interfaith Cooperation is 5- to 10-week study for adults, young adults and high school teens.
Join interfaith commentator Eboo Patel as he explores what it means to be “literate” about other faiths, how interfaith cooperation “works” and why, the skills needed for interfaith cooperation and the significant role that our institutions, including colleges and faith communities, can play in this process. The study's appealing video-journal format invites engagement and response.
The Five Sessions: (10-15 minute presentations each by Eboo Patel, including Patel interacting with a small, diverse group of adults and young adults as they respond and discuss interfaith issues.
- Interfaith Cooperation in American History
- Interfaith Literacy
- The Science of Interfaith Cooperation
- The art of Interfaith Leadership
- The Role of Colleges, Seminaries and Houses of Worship
Participant's Workbook sold separately.
"Interfaith literacy is required of United States citizens given that freedom of religion is at the core of the American dream. We have had unfortunate periods in our history - including our present day - where religious tolerance has not been the norm. We have much to learn from our nation’s leaders - from our nation's founders including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to recent-day leaders such as Jane Addams and Martin Luther King, Jr. - who understood religious tolerance as an important thread in our nation's tapestry. This is a timely resource that will help participants become the interfaith leaders we sorely need today."
—Karen Matthias-Long, Associate in Ministry, Associate of the Bishop for Youth and Family Ministry and Curator of Synodical Resources, Allentown, PA.
"The provocative and thoughtful, 'Embracing' series continues with a rich, insightful discussion of Interfaith Cooperation in America with Eboo Patel. In his engaging way, Patel tells stories of American founders and great leaders who believed and acted on the principle that it is possible to embrace differences in religion and maintain a common life. Participants will learn not only the history, but become more literate in the art and science of interfaith cooperation. The workbook gives detailed instructions to help facilitators with several options for each session that will add depth to each local setting. The vision is that groups will be empowered to speak out for pluralism and promote more cooperation and understanding."
—Irene Flynn, Resource Specialist, Florida-Bahamas Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Tampa, FL
Embracing Interfaith Cooperation,” a new DVD from Morehouse Education Resources, is a timely and contemporary portal for exploring multi-faith dialogue and cooperation in our increasingly diverse culture. EbooPatel, founder of the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago and frequent writer and speaker, leads five discussions centered on interfaith dialogue with a thoughtful and articulate participant group made up of individuals of diverse backgrounds. Prior to each discussion, Patel offers his own remarks which are both insightful and informative.aterial may easily extend over longer time periods. The optimum group for this resource would include individuals from several different faith traditions, though the series will provide thoughtprovoking material for all-Christian participants as well. Suggestions for creating a discussion group are included, and Christian churches are encouraged to reach out to local mosques, synagogues, or other houses of worship to co-sponsor groups. This resource would indeed serve as an excellent means of building bridges between faith communities within cities and towns. Groups on college campuses or in large cities seeking to further interfaith understanding would find this resource ideal.
A workbook, by Eboo Patel with Tim Scorer, accompanies the DVDand is an excellent resource in its own right. In the spirit of respectful dialogue, there is no “leader guide;” participants may take turns facilitatingthe discussion or appoint a member of the group to organize and plan the sessions. No special training is required. Prayers from several faith traditions are included in the book, along with group discussion questions, highlights from the DVD, and questions to spark personal reflection.
Episcopal Teacher, Spring 2013
Available through Church Publishing, www.churchpublishing.org, the DVD is affordable at a list price of $39.95. Workbooks for participants are listed at $12.95 each. Other DVD courses in this series feature PhyllisTickle, Marcus Borg, Walter Brueggemann, and Kathleen Norris.