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Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America by Eboo Patel

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  1. What I expected was a report on what wonderful things IFYC was doing these days… what I got was a reflection on what it means to live in a religiously pluralistic America… and I am far better for it . This is well worth the read. I often get to a point about 3/4th of the way through a book and want to put it down, because the author has already made their most important arguments and positions. That is not true with this book. The last two chapters, on Seminaries and on raising children in a pluralistic society are the most important.

    Lots of sermon material. Eboo is a storyteller, and so there are alot of stories. I also pulled out quite a few quotes for Celestial Lands, and not all from Eboo.

    I believe his section on the Science of Interfaith Cooperation has legs, and legs beyond interfaith work. What I mean is that his three part system can be applied to many areas of cross cultural work, not just interfaith.

    However, one of the most powerful realizations is that how we teach faith changes in a pluralistic world. That encounters with other faiths are opportunities to help people go deeper into their own.

    As a syncretic theologian and a Unitarian Universalist, I encounter this work a little differently than someone who is coming from a more bounded faith tradition, and still I found it worthwhile and inspiring of thought. Thank you!

    Yours in faith,


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