Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America

In conversation with Rev. Ed Bacon
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Episode Summary

In the wake of 9/11 and the growth of a worrying animosity towards American Muslims, Patel—author, activist, and presidential advisor—argues that prejudice is not just a problem for American Muslims but also a challenge to the very idea of an America founded on the premise of pluralism. In this visionary book, he illuminates how faith can be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division.

Participant(s) Bio

Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core and the author of Acts of Faith. He was a member of President Obama’s inaugural faith council. He has spoken about his belief that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division at places like the TED conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as college and university campuses across the country. He writes about it regularly in The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Huffington Post.

Ed Bacon is rector of All Saints Church in Pasadena, California; a 4,000 member multi-ethnic urban Episcopal parish, with a reputation for energetic worship, progressive peace and justice work, and a radically inclusive spirit. Ed’s energies focus on peacemaking, interfaith relations, and articulating the Christian faith in non-bigoted ways. He has been honored several times for his peace and interfaith work, including recognition from the Islamic Center of Southern California, ACLU of Southern California and Pasadena, The Islamic Shura Council, and Pasadena NAACP. His new book is 8 Habits of Love: Open Your Heart, Open Your Mind.