How does our religious understanding of the world inform how we live and work together? Host Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith America, speaks with a rotating guest list of civic leaders and bridgebuilders working in diverse sections of American civic life.
Interfaith America with Eboo Patel is inspired by the Islamic concept of “Deen and Dunya” – Faith and the World – which has anchored Patel’s approach to building Interfaith America, the nation’s premier civic organization focused on the positive engagement of religious diversity. Patel, a renowned interfaith leader, will engage artists, intellectuals, civic leaders, and politicians, people with beliefs that range from spiritualist to traditionalist, all hoping to illuminate the connection between cosmic visions and concrete social change.
This podcast was made possible by a generous grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.
How Can We Engage in “Sacred Witness” Amid Deep Conflict?
Najeeba Syeed, a Muslim scholar recognized as a leader in peacebuilding and social justice practice and research, explains how to foster constructive interfaith dialogue – including engaging in “sacred witness” - during periods of heightened religious or political tensions.
What Does Religion Look Like in Hollywood?
Prominent Hollywood actor, writer, and producer Rainn Wilson discusses his Baha’i faith, the skepticism about religion in Hollywood, and why he thinks the country is due for a spiritual reawakening.
Is the Concept of 'Victimhood' Detrimental to Free Speech?
Playwright, novelist, and screenwriter Ayad Akhtar discusses the meaning of marginalization and its implications for claiming power and disrupting systems.
Can Evangelical Christians Develop Safe Spaces for Diversity?
Religion and law professor John Inazu reflects on the complexity of identity within the evangelical Christian community and how it impacts our democracy.
Is The Project of Democracy Fundamentally About Power Sharing?
Harvard Political scientist Danielle Allen discusses the role of power, agency, and religious identities in reinvigorating American democracy.
What Was the Role of Religion in The Civil Rights Movement?
Jonathan Eig, American journalist, biographer, and author of 'King: A Life,' joins Eboo to discuss the role of religion in the civil rights movement.
Listen and act
Listen to this series, read his books, do the work in your own back yard. Every bridge of generosity and care counts.
Excellent podcast for people interested in interfaith dialogue
As someone active in interfaith dialogue in Kentucky, I came across a quote from Eboo Patel in a news article. I searched for him and found his website, then found his podcast. I really enjoyed his conversations with Krista Tippett and David Brooks and look forward to hearing all of them. Thank you!
Eboo Patel is generous and insightful. His guests are smart and well-chosen. I’m an interfaith chaplaincy student and this is just what I needed. Please make more!