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Free lecture by Eboo Patel kicks off two-day interfaith conference at LSTC

Posted Jan 29, 2013

On Sunday, March 10 at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Eboo Patel will give a free lecture based on his recent book, Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice and the Promise of America. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. with a free concert by The Salaam Shalom Music Project, made up of members of Maxwell Street Klezmer Band and distinguished artists from the Chicago Arabic music community.

At 9 a.m. on Monday, March 11, Dr. Mark Swanson will present the keynote lecture, “Entertaining Angels: The Whys and Wherefores of Interfaith Hospitality,” at the conference Faithful Living in an Interfaith World. Afternoon workshops will provide skills and practices in interfaith interaction. Cost of the conference is $75. To register, complete online form: HERE.

Both events are sponsored by A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice at LSTC.

Patel makes case for interfaith work
A renowned interfaith leader, author and lecturer, Eboo Patel, is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core. He will illustrate how, again and again, the forces of pluralism in America have defeated the forces of prejudice. The current suspicion and animosity toward American Muslims, he argues, prejudice is not just a problem for Muslims but a challenge to the very idea of America.

Patel will discuss 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.

Practice interfaith hospitality
Faithful Living in an Interfaith World will explore the questions “Why do Christians engage in interfaith encounter and dialogue?” and “What is it deep within our specific traditions that motivates us for and sustains us in this endeavor?” Keynote speaker Mark Swanson is the Harold S. Vogelaar Professor of Christian-Muslim Studies and Interfaith Relations and serves as assistant director of A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice at LSTC. Afternoon workshops will be led by members of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faith communities.

About CCME
A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice (CCME) at LSTC, inaugurated in September 2006, provides cultural and educational opportunities in which Christians, Muslims and people of other faiths come together for mutual enrichment, understanding, healing and wholeness. It is the outgrowth of LSTC building relationships with the Muslim community in Chicago for almost three decades.  Learn more about CCME at



Sara Trumm
Program Coordinator, A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice


Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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