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organization, based in Chicago,
encourages young people of different religions to perform community service,
explore common values and build bridges among diverse faiths. The organization
is now active on about 75 college campuses.
extremists all over the world are harnessing adolescent angst for their own
ends," said Susan Garrett, a religion professor who directs the award.
"Patel urges us to take advantage of the short window of time in a young
person's life to teach the universal values of cooperation, compassion and
Patel was born in India
to a Muslim family and immigrated to Chicago
as a child. As a teenager, he struggled with what he saw as a lack of religious
pluralism in America.
His experiences prompted him to launch a movement to build interfaith cooperation
by inspiring college students to champion the cause.
Interfaith Youth Core in 1998.
Scholar, he is now a member of President Obama's Advisory Council on
Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the Religious Advisory Committee of
the Council on Foreign Relations. In October, U.S. News & World Report
named him one of America's
Best Leaders in 2009.
Grawemeyer Awards are five annual $200,000 prizes given in the fields of music,
political science, psychology, education, and religion. They were founded by H.
Charles Grawemeyer to help make the world a better place. The University of Louisville
and Louisville Presbyterian Seminary jointly award the religion prize.
about the award and see winners in other categories at its website: www.grawemeyer.org.
Murderer at Fort Hood
I'm writing from Toronto, where last night I
gave a plenary address on Muslim-Jewish cooperation to the Biennial conference
of the Union for Reform Judaism. Backstage
after the address, my friend Rabbi David Saperstein gave me a grim look and
said, "The shooter had a Muslim name." Read
Interfaith Solidarity During Ramadan
Brian McLaren, the great Christian writer and activist, called me up a few
weeks ago with a remarkable request: Would I be his fasting partner during
Ramadan? He explained to me that there was a long-held Christian tradition of
fasting, although it is not practiced much in contemporary Christian
communities. Brian's goal was to live more fully into that Christian tradition
during Ramadan, while also feeling solidarity with Muslim communities. Read