Common Text Author Speaks on Global Interfaith Movement

October 14, 2008

Author: Sara Cesky

Source: The Greyhound

Loyola students and faculty members filled McGuire Hall Thursday night to listen to renowned author and founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, Eboo Patel, speak on the 2008 common text Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation.

Acts of Faith was the required summer reading for the class of 2012, and students were excited to meet the author of such a well known book. "I usually do not like summer reading books because they are normally pretty boring. But Acts of Faith was different. I had never been exposed to the idea of working side by side with people of such different beliefs. It was a really inspiring story," said Kelsey Formalarey, '12.

Jeff Kniple, director of the Office of Leadership and New Student Programs, introduced Eboo Patel. He spoke of how they came to choose Acts of Faith as the summer reading material for the first year students.

"We wanted a book that would challenge us to think about things consistent with our Jesuit core values here in our institution." And Acts of Faith does just that.

See also: Interfaith, Campus