March 30, Building a Diverse Democracy: Exploring the Theologies and Practice of Interfaith Cooperation

Building a Diverse Democracy: Exploring the Theologies and Practice of Interfaith Cooperation

Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 4:30 PM – Lecture | 6:00 PM – Public Reception

The Indiana Historical Society, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

In a world where diverse faith communities interact with great frequency and intensity, how can we both preserve the particularities of our distinct faith traditions while promoting positive interfaith cooperation? Dr. Patel, Founder & President of Interfaith Youth Core will challenge us to consider the theologies of interfaith cooperation that exist within our own traditions and how cultivating these theologies can both deepen our own faith and improve relationships across faith communities in a way that strengthens our civil society.


Lecture is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please register early.

About The Thomas H. Lake Lecture

Thomas Lake was a man of profound religious faith, a man dedicated to knowledge, understanding, and the power of faith and giving to bring about real change in communities. The annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture engages the community in thoughtful discussions about philanthropy and religion.

Presenter Eboo Patel, Ph.D.

Eboo founded Interfaith Youth Core on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He is inspired to build this bridge by his identity as an American Muslim navigating a highly religiously diverse social landscape.  For over fifteen years he has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council and is the author of Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground and the new Interfaith Leadership: A Primer. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship.

Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

Lake Institute at IU’s Lilly School of Philanthropy helps congregations and faith-based organizations build cultures of generosity. The Institute’s programs and services foster a greater understanding of the ways in which faith inspires and informs philanthropic giving by providing knowledge, education, and training.

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