Friday, July 12, 2013

Acts of Faith Discussion Groups

Eboo Patel
From Oklahoma City University, Distinguished Speakers Series

The Distinguished Speakers Series at Oklahoma City University was established to enrich the academic experience of students, faculty, and staff--and to create a Chautauqua experience that is free and open to the public. Nobel Laureates have joined a remarkable lineup of world-class thinkers, writers, and opinion-leaders who know that OCU is where ideas are freely expressed, and learning is a continuous process of being challenged and inspired.

In a time when civil discourse is increasingly rare, and students are too often encouraged to support only those thinkers they already agree with, OCU fulfills one of the central purposes of a university by hosting provocative speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds, and multiple perspectives. This generates new thinking, productive discussions, and the rare opportunity for future servant leaders to meet some of the most remarkable human beings alive today. Lectures are free and open to the public and are well attended by people across the state

Eboo Patel, 2013

Eboo Patel will be visiting Oklahoma on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 as part of OCU's Distinguished Speakers Series.  Below please find details about the event as well as a study guide for those interested in joining the book study groups going on across the state! 

Click here for the Eboo Patel Book Buying Guide
Click here for the Eboo Patel Study Guide
Click here for the Eboo Patel Report Page

Eboo Patel
Please see subsequent pages for more information:

Sacred Ground: There is no better time to stand up for your values than when they are under attack

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Location: TBA

Named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses.  Author of the book Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation, which won the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion, and his latest book Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America, Eboo is also a regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR, and CNN.

Eboo served on President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

He serves on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the National Committee of the Aga Khan Foundation USA, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Faith-based Advisory Council.

He has spoken at the TED Conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and universities around the world.  Eboo is a Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum and an Ashoka Fellow, part of a select group of social entrepreneurs whose ideas are changing the world. He was named by Islamica Magazine as one of ten young Muslim visionaries shaping Islam in America and was chosen by Harvard’s Kennedy School Review as one of five future policy leaders to watch.

Both Eboo and IFYC were honored with the Roosevelt Institute’s Freedom of Worship Medal in 2009, and Eboo was recently awarded the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize, an award given to an individual to enhance awareness of the crucial role of religious dialogue in the pursuit of peace.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  -  Free and open to the public
Seating limited. For more information, call 405.208-4956


News from Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light Foundation

At 1:30 p.m. on Monday, President and Mrs. Obama will host President George H. W. Bush and Mrs. Bush at a special White House ceremony to honor the 5,000th person to receive the Daily Point of Light Award, which recognizes those who embrace the challenge of tackling a community need through volunteer service.

President George H. W. Bush
and President Barack Obama
This is exciting for so many reasons.

First, the event in the East Room is a wonderful way to honor President Bush and his life of service and to celebrate a milestone in the life of an award he created 24 years ago.

Second, it's always a great day in Washington when people come together across the aisle to unite in service.

Third, the ceremony will showcase how essential volunteers are to American greatness. At a time when American confidence in our institutions is low and when a dispiriting cynicism too often pervades our news and discourse, the Daily Point of Light Award is an antidote. It reminds us that people care and that hope is the story of America.

Finally, the event will celebrate you and all the people who give of themselves to spark change and improve the world.

I hope you'll join the fun and inspiration on Monday. You can:
  • Watch the event live at at 1:30 ET.
  • Nominate someone you know for a Daily Point of Light Award at
  • Tweet about someone who has made an impact on your life or community, using the#mypointoflight hashtag. (For example, #MyPointofLight is Julie Smith, my 10th grade English teacher, who worked to encourage literacy in our community.)

The next 5,000 Daily Point of Light Award winners will reflect President Bush's belief "in ordinary people who reach beyond themselves to touch the lives of those in need, bringing hope and opportunity, care and friendship. By giving so generously of themselves, these remarkable individuals show us not only what is best in our heritage, but what all of us are called to become.

I hope you will be among them! 
 In service,
Michelle Nunn
CEO, Points of Light

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