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Being Both : Reflections on Interfaith Relationships and the Spiritual Selves of Students

Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith FamilyBy Susan Katz Miller, author of Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family (Beacon Press, October 2014.)

Arriving at college, students plunge into interfaith and intercultural engagement, tagging along with new friends to mass or Hillel or a Holi celebration. Sometimes these friendships transcend invisible boundaries to become deeper interfaith relationships. And sometimes, whether or not institutions and family approve, those relationships include dating, and love.

And so it was that last fall, a Muslim student dating a Christian went to a college chaplain for guidance. The chaplain realized that she had no real training in pastoral counseling for interfaith relationships. So she invited me to campus for a Brown Bag on interfaith dating, and an evening conversation on interfaith families. In an extraordinary collaboration, the campus Hillel (Jewish students), Newman Association (Catholic students), Muslim Students Association, religious studies department, and library all co-sponsored the visit.

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Author Eboo Patel on Interfaith Activism and Pluralism

In the decade following the attacks of 9/11, suspicion and animosity toward American Muslims has increased rather than subsided. In this timely new book, author, activist, and presidential advisor Eboo Patel says this prejudice is not just a problem for Muslims but also a challenge to the very idea of America. Sacred Ground shows readers that Americans from George Washington to Martin Luther King Jr. have been “interfaith leaders,” and it illustrates how the forces of pluralism in America have time and again defeated the forces of prejudice.

Read Patel’s message to all educators and students:

College changed me, and it made me want to change the world – especially regarding diversity. I entered as a freshman embarrassed by my brown skin, my strange name, and my mother’s food. I exited with a vision of a nation where people from diverse backgrounds live in equal dignity and mutually loyalty.

Sacred Ground is my Muslim eyes on the American project. The book highlights a dimension of America’s diversity that receives far too little attention Continue reading

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