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« Reply #30 on: May 11, 2011, 07:09:00 am »

The New Interfaith Generation
I had the chance to speak to 3,000 young people at the United Church of Christ's National Youth Event in Tennessee 10 days ago. I paused in the middle of my talk to ask a question: "How many of you know someone from a different religion personally - a Jew or a Muslim or a Hindu?"

Almost every hand in the room went up.

Faith formation, for these young people, is going to not only involve the question: "What does it mean to be a Christian?" It is going to have to include an additional element, "What does it mean to be a Christian in a community/country/world of Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Sikhs, secular humanists, etc?"

The great comparative religions scholar Wilfred Cantwell Smith predicted this in his book, "The Faith of Other Men," based on his experience in South Asia a half century ago: "The religious life of mankind from now on, if it is to be lived at all, will be lived in a context of religious pluralism."

Cantwell Smith was way ahead of his time. My bet is that many Americans over a certain age still don't know someone from another faith. But their children do. And it's not just an urban America experience. A good number of the young people in the audience I spoke to were from rural areas - small towns in Wisconsin, Texas, Pennsylvania. Religious diversity has become an everywhere phenomenon in America. And it means the first "Interfaith Generation" in America is growing up in front of our eyes.

Scholars, educators and activists are recognizing this new phenomenon. Three new publications (full disclosure: I contributed to two and was interviewed for the third) seek to guide and equip our interfaith America.

Gustav Niebuhr, the former religion reporter for The New York Times and currently a professor at Syracuse University, recently published an excellent book describing and analyzing the religious dynamics of contemporary America, with special attention to the growing interfaith movement. He writes that he saw this movement emerging in America during his two decades as a journalist, and watched it explode after 9/11, "pressed by a new sense of urgency to encourage peaceful encounters across religious lines." His book, Beyond Tolerance, is a lyrical read and as good a window into America's religious diversity as you will find.

Reverend Bud Heckman, a long-time interfaith leader and one of the best I know in the field, has put together an edited volume of "how-to" pieces called Interactive Faith. It answers one of the most common question that I hear when I talk about the importance of interfaith cooperation: "I think bringing people from different religions together is a great idea, now how do I do it?" This book has chapters on the methodology of interfaith dialogue, arts, service and other such programs. Reverend Heckman opens it with a lucid introduction on the theory and practice of interfaith work. The field has long needed a book like this. It belongs on the bookshelf of anybody in a religious, civic or educational community who wants to start an interfaith project.

Rebecca Kratz Mays' edited volume, "Interfaith Dialogue at the Grass Roots" answers another common question in a concrete way: "Is interfaith dialogue only for religious leaders and scholars." The answer is, "No - it's a movement that everyone can and should participate in." The pieces in Mays' volume are examples of interfaith work in a variety of ways and in a range of contexts, from the United States to Macedonia to Indonesia. The pieces are well-written and introduced by one of the most important scholars in the field, Leonard Swidler.

The interfaith generation is going to be asking a whole new set of questions about what it means to be young and religious in this day and age. A new literature is going to have to emerge to light the path for them. These books are amongst the first in what promises to be an exciting and important new field.

Eboo Patel
Eboo Patel is founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit that promotes interfaith cooperation. His blog, The Faith Divide, explores what drives faiths apart and what brings them together.
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