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Eboo Patel: Acts of Faith

The Inaugural Benedictine Institute Lecture presented by Saint Martin's University

With special support from Saint Martin's Office of Intercultural Initiatives, Office of Campus Ministry and Benedictine Identity Task Force

On October 3, 2013, the Saint Martin's community welcomed Eboo Patel, Ph.D., founder and president of the Interfaith Youth Core, as the distinguished speaker for the University's inaugural Benedictine Institute Lecture. Named by US News & World Report as one of America's Best Leaders of 2009, Dr. Patel has been a featured speaker at the TED Conference, the Clinton Global Initiative and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, and has served as a member of President Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Dr. Patel's two books, Acts of Faith and Sacred Ground, focus on faith as a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. In his work, he asserts that acts of service provide a common ground for all belief traditions, religions and non-religious.

Dr. Patel's beliefs resonate strongly with the Benedictine values that have defined Saint Martin's for more than a century. One of the core Benedictine values is hospitality, and as that value calls us to do, we enthusiastically welcome students, staff, faculty and community members of all faith traditions, backgrounds and belief systems. Other core Benedictine values include service, community, and respect for all persons - all of which align with Dr. Patel's call to commit to "common action for the common good."

Because of this close alignment with Saint Martin's Benedictine mission and identity, Dr. Patel was invited to be the inaugural speaker for the Benedictine Institute Lecture Series, a new series at Saint Martin's that will explore issues related to faith and community.

Saint Martin's University is eager to engage the broader Puget Sound/Pacific Northwest community in the spirit of interfaith cooperation and dialogue!