New Interfaith Group Speaks Up

October 7, 2009

Author: Miles Unterreiner

Source: The Stanford Daily

Two Stanford undergraduates launched a student-led organization last week dedicated to promoting constructive interfaith dialogue — a move proving to be particularly timely in the wake of Friday night’s vandalism at Hillel House.

Faiths Acting In Togetherness and Hope (F.A.I.T.H.) held its first meeting on Sept. 29 in what co-founder Anand Venkatkrishnan ‘10 called a drive to “engage in common action for the common good.”

Established as a “counter-voice to a phenomenon of young people committing violence to the soundtrack of prayer,” F.A.I.T.H. is inspired, its leaders said, by social justice activists like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, Nelson Mandela — and, more directly, Rhodes Scholar and Obama administration advisor Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC).

Patel, who delivered the Stanford Office for Religious Life’s Roger W. Heyns Lecture last year, leads the IFYC’s international push to foster “mutual respect and pluralism among young people from different religious traditions by empowering them to work together to serve others.”