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Eboo Patel, Sacred Ground: There is no better time to stand up for your values than when they are under attack

Interfaith dialogue, cooperation, and service are key components of responsible personhood in the make or break century. The challenges of our time are too great for people of different religions to not be working together to find ways to care for and bring restoration to our common world house.

Eboo Patel is one of the global leaders in fostering interfaith understanding and service, especially among young people, and he is coming to speak as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series at Oklahoma City University on October 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center at N.W. 27th Street and Florida Avenue in Oklahoma City, The presentation is free and open to the public, and the doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

As founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, Patel has provided numerous opportunities and programs for youth to understand and strengthen their own faith identities while learning about and serving with persons of other faith traditions. For more information about Patel and his work, please visit the link provided.

If you are near Oklahoma City, I hope you will come for this important event, but more importantly I hope that we will all take his visit and presentation as an opportunity to become even more intentional in our interfaith cooperation and service. Hundreds of persons in the Oklahoma area have been reading Patel’s books and preparing for his visit with the hope of greatly enhancing interfaith work to create the beloved community in our midst. This event and the work that will follow have the potential to be transformative catalysts for greater interfaith service and understanding.

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About Mark Y. A. Davies

Mark Davies is The Wimberly Professor of Social and Ecological Ethics and Director of the World House Institute for Social and Ecological Responsibility at Oklahoma City University. From 2009 to 2015, Mark was dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences and Wimberly Professor of Social Ethics at Oklahoma City University. Previously, Mark was dean of the Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University and Founding Director of the Vivian Wimberly Center for Ethics and Servant Leadership. Prior to becoming dean of the Wimberly School of Religion in 2002, he was associate dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University and chair of the department of philosophy. Mark has published in the areas of Boston personalism, process philosophy and ethics, and ecological ethics. Dr. Davies serves on the United Methodist University Senate, which is “an elected body of professionals in higher education created by the General Conference to determine which schools, colleges, universities, and theological schools meet the criteria for listing as institutions affiliated with The United Methodist Church.” He and his wife Kristin live in Edmond, OK in the United States, and they have two daughters. The views expressed by the author in this blog do not necessarily represent the views of Oklahoma City University.
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