Eboo Patel’s memoir Acts of Faith, a Beacon Press book originally published in 2008, is the UUCLC Lending Library’s Book of the Month for February 2012. Patel’s book is presently being honored as the 2011-12 Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Common Read.
A 2008 speaker at the UUA General Assembly, Patel is founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), an international, nonprofit, youth service leadership organization.
A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. A committee of UUA staff selected Acts of Faith. “Ten years after 9/11, the book describes the vulnerability of youth to violent, fundamentalist influences and makes a case for all of us, particularly youth, to promote pluralism through engagement in interfaith dialogue, education and social justice work.”
Eboo Patel, Ph.D., is founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, an international nonprofit. He was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and serves on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations.
For more information about the UUA’s common read, visit http://www.uua.org/publications/commonread/index.shtml. A discussion guide can be downloaded in PDF format from http://www.uua.org/documents/lfd/acts_faith_discuss_guide.pdf
The UUA Bookstore wants to hear how readers used the UUA Common Read in their congregations or on their own. Stories can be emailed to Ben Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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