The results of the 2016 presidential election have left many people in shock and disappointment. In a time where people are fearing that a new administration will work to reverse much of the progress made in the last eight years, we are left wondering what the future holds. How do we continue to fight against climate change, fight for reproductive rights, LGBTQ protections, and racial and economic justice?
Throughout this election cycle, we’ve seen the rise of the radical right reminiscent of the pull of ultraconservative organizations from the past; increasing calls to prevent new immigrants from entering our country; increased calls to improve gun control legislation; a resurging wave of religious intolerance against Muslim Americans; and nationwide protests imploring racial justice and economic progress. These issues and others that have made headlines in the news have become focal points in this year’s presidential debates. To help inform the conversation about these topics, we’re recommending a list of titles from our catalogue.
Islamophobia has reared its ugly head again. As author and journalist Linda K. Wertheimer noted in her previous post, education about world religions couldn’t be more important in today’s climate. Education about other religions comes not only from the classroom, but also from the life stories of others. In his book Acts of Faith, interfaith leader Eboo Patel writes about the time he spent with his devout Muslim grandmother in India. In this excerpt, he recounts the invaluable lesson his grandmother gave him in what his faith stands for.
Eboo Patel writes about a James Baldwin essay that helped guide him as an activist and writer.
We have found words of comfort and valuable analysis from our authors in the days since the Marathon bombings.
On the anniversary of King's death, Eboo Patel looks at his work through the lens of interfaith cooperation.
Eboo Patel addresses violent protest and religious intolerance: "the actions of a thuggish few are increasingly viewed as representing the sentiments of entire nations and religions."
We all have stories to tell. Chris Stedman reflects on how Eboo Patel inspired him to begin sharing his own story, and how Patel's new book Sacred Ground can inspire others.
A new book by Eboo Patel, author of Acts of Faith and founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, puts forth a vision for America based on interfaith cooperation and pluralism.
"In the history of the world, I don't know if anyone has ever been truly convinced of anything when staring into a shaking fist or a wagging finger. "
The controversy over Lowe's pulling its advertising from All-American Muslim says a lot about the kinds of bridges being built in America.
"Until then, the Quran for me was a book of personal spiritual guidance, a convening symbol for my religious community. But after 9/11, I viewed it as a balm for my country's pain,"
The Unitarian Universalist Association's Common Read program has selected Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation.
Newt Gingrich's pro-Catholic, anti-Islam stance shows just how far we have come in America on issues of religious tolerance, and also how far we have to go.
Beacon Broadside asked several of our authors for their responses to the death of Osama bin Laden, and what they feel is required of them by their respective faiths.
Eboo Patel reflects upon the death of the leader of Al Qaeda and how we really overcome our enemies.
What the color line was to the 20th century, the faith line might be to the 21st.
Eboo Patel reflects upon a story of the Prophet that, to him, is a defining moment of Islam.
Out now: a new edition of Eboo Patel's acclaimed memoir with a new afterword by the author.
American history is an arc toward freedom, dignity and inclusiveness for all. That will include Muslims, sooner or later.