- The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding
- Religious Peacebuilding: The Exotic, the Good, and the Theatrical
- Religious Violence: The Strong, the Weak, and the Pathological
- Religion, Peace, and the Origins of Nationalism
- Religion, Nationalism, and the Politics of Secularism
- Secular-Religious Encounters as Peacebuilding
- Structural and Cultural Violence in Religion and Peacebuilding
- The New Name for Peace? Religion and Development as Partners in Strategic Peacebuilding
- Violent and Nonviolent Religious Militancy
- Religious Violence and State Violence
- The Comparative Study of Ethics and the Project of the Justpeace
- The Place of Religious Freedom in the Structure of Peacebuilding
- Women, Religion, and Peacebuilding
- Reconciliation, Politics, and Transitional Justice
- Negotiating Secular and Religious Contributions to Social Change and Peacebuilding
- Secular Militancy as an Obstacle to Peacebuilding
- Religion and Peace in Asia
- Peacebuilding in the Muslim World
- Youth and Interfaith Conflict Transformation
- The Possibilities and Limits of Inter-Religious Dialogue
- Ritual, Religion, and Peacebuilding
- Spirituality and Religious Peacebuilding
- The Intersection of Christian Theology and Peacebuilding
- Religious Communities and Possibilities for Justpeace
- Religion, Nationalism, and Solidarity Activism
- Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding: Synthetic Remarks
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter explores “interfaith leadership,” a framework for religious peacebuilding across lines of religious diversity. Drawing on the example of Martin Luther King Jr., it articulates a constructive theory of interfaith leadership and reflects on its application, particularly in the current climate of religious diversity within the United States. The chapter considers the possibility of a movement or critical mass of individuals committed to building “religious pluralism,” and focuses on young people as potential agents of such social change. The authors write from their location as interfaith practitioners, working for the Chicago-based nonprofit Interfaith Youth Core, which focuses on building religious pluralism on American college and university campuses; here they seek to put this work in conversation with relevant peacebuilding literature.
Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses. Author of the books Acts of Faith (2007), which won the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion, Sacred Ground (2012), and Interfaith Leadership: A Primer (2006), Patel is a regular contributor to The Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, National Public Radio, and CNN. He served on President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. He has taught courses on interfaith cooperation at many institutions, including the University of Chicago, Princeton Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, and Dominican University in Illinois, where he was the Lund-Gill Chair. Patel delivered the Greeley Lecture at Harvard University Divinity School and a series of lectures at Union Theological Seminary, where he served as a visiting distinguished guest lecturer during the 2012–2013 academic year.
Interfaith Youth Core
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