Sacred Ground- Lenten book study

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
This event recurs Weekly on Thursday from Thursday, March 23, 2017 to Thursday, April 6, 2017
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What: A Lenten gathering for an online book study of Eboo Patel's Sacred Ground. Purchase your own copy of the book and read one section for each meeting (40 to 60 pages).
Where: Online. This book group will be conducted via Zoom - an online group meeting software that runs through your computer's browser. The software is free and will automatically download and start when you click on the meeting link. Register here to receive the meeting link.
When: Thursdays from 2:00 to 3:00 pm on March 23, March 30, and April 6
  • Part I     March 23             Moving from diversity to pluralism
  • Part II    March 30             The science and art of Interfaith work
  • Part III   April 6                  Challenge for colleges, seminaries, families and churches
Why:  Try on this unique Lenten practice as a way to grow in understanding of Muslim neighbors.
Who:  This is for pastors, youth leaders, and lay leaders who wish to explore new models for Interfaith dialogue.
Book Description
In the decade following the attacks of 9/11, suspicion and animosity toward American Muslims has increased rather than subsided. Alarmist, hateful rhetoric once relegated to the fringes of political discourse has now become frighteningly mainstream, with pundits and politicians routinely invoking the specter of Islam as a menacing, deeply anti-American force.
In Sacred Ground, author and renowned interfaith leader Eboo Patel says this prejudice is not just a problem for Muslims but a challenge to the very idea of America. Patel shows us that Americans from George Washington to Martin Luther King Jr. have been “interfaith leaders,” illustrating how the forces of pluralism in America have time and again defeated the forces of prejudice. And now a new generation needs to rise up and confront the anti-Muslim prejudice of our era. To this end, Patel offers a primer in the art and science of interfaith work, bringing to life the growing body of research on how faith can be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division and sharing stories from the frontlines of interfaith activism.
Patel asks us to share in his vision of a better America—a robustly pluralistic country in which our commonalities are more important than our differences, and in which difference enriches, rather than threatens, our religious traditions. Pluralism, Patel boldly argues, is at the heart of the American project, and this visionary book will inspire Americans of all faiths to make this country a place where diverse traditions can thrive side by side

Facilitator: Debby Kirk, CTUCC Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Note: Sacred Ground was the 2016-2017 selection for UCONN Reads.  Author Eboo Patel will give a free lecture at Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, March 1 at 7 PM. This event is open to the public.

Eboo Patel is the founder of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) in Chicago.