Join Rev. Weis and others as we explore the book Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America by Eboo Patel. The group will meet on three consecutive Wednesday evenings and share reflections, thoughts, and structured discussion about the current political time in which we live and its implications for interfaith engagement and understanding.
Here is the summary of the book:
There is no better time to stand up for your values than when they are under attack.
In the decade following the attacks of 9/11, suspicion and animosity toward American Muslims has increased rather than subsided. Alarmist, hateful rhetoric once relegated to the fringes of political discourse has now become frighteningly mainstream, with pundits and politicians routinely invoking the specter of Islam as a menacing, deeply anti-American force.
In Sacred Ground, author and renowned interfaith leader Eboo Patel says this prejudice is not just a problem for Muslims but a challenge to the very idea of America. Patel shows us that Americans from George Washington to Martin Luther King Jr. have been “interfaith leaders,” illustrating how the forces of pluralism in America have time and again defeated the forces of prejudice. And now a new generation needs to rise up and confront the anti-Muslim prejudice of our era. To this end, Patel offers a primer in the art and science of interfaith work, bringing to life the growing body of research on how faith can be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division and sharing stories from the frontlines of interfaith activism.
Patel asks us to share in his vision of a better America-a robustly pluralistic country in which our commonalities are more important than our differences, and in which difference enriches, rather than threatens, our religious traditions. Pluralism, Patel boldly argues, is at the heart of the American project, and this visionary book will inspire Americans of all faiths to make this country a place where diverse traditions can thrive side by side.
To sign up, please email Rev. Weis or sign up on the sheet downstairs in Eddy Hall.
Barn Dance @ Bell Street Chapel
November 6th 2016
Sunday, November 6th 2016: Barn Dance in Eddy Hall
Our Events Committee has booked a Caller & Fiddlers for this exciting event. All that the Events Committee is missing now are dancers and that is where you come in. Bell Street Chapel would like to cordially invite, you the public, to bring your friends and family over for an afternoon that is sure to be filled with fun and fellowship.
$10.00 suggested donation will support Bell Street & our Social Justice Activism.