The Common Good

Articles By Eboo Patel

"The old hatreds shall someday pass; the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve." 
If we are closed to faith language, we may find ourselves burned up and frozen out. 
If Jen Bailey is emblematic of her generation in any way, we have a lot to be hopeful about. 
Would his first taste of Islamaphobia come at the age of 5 during show-and-tell. 
We can work with others even while disagreeing on significant issues.
A lot of problems stem from people lacking the courage to follow their moral core.
This may be a field whose time has come.
What will happen to U.S. civil society as the pews empty out?
Just like that, the pope had gotten to the heart of Islam, my religion.
How did a skinny, shy, middle-class Indian come to lead one of history's great liberation struggles?
I felt the horror of a kid caught in a grade school coolness competition.
Bridges don't fall from the sky; people build them.
An inaugural prayer should connect the particularities of one's own faith tradition with the pluralism of the nation.
The stories we tell today are simply the next chapter in an overarching narrative of hope, justice, and pluralism.
It's frustrating to be constantly represented by violent thugs and to be asked to explain their actions.
Sometimes I fly through my schedule so fast that I zoom past the craft.
If the forces of pluralism don’t write the next chapter in the American story, the forces of prejudice will.
Gathering people from different faiths to serve others is one way of living out the command of Jesus to offer comfort to the afflicted.
Chris Stedman's "faitheism" doesn't hate God, it loves people.
It was not the stones thrown by his tormentors that made him suffer most, he said; it was the silence of his friends.
The Oslo shooter took inspiration from America's own anti-Muslim rightists.
The fate of the 21st century will be decided by civic leader-to-civic leader relations in a global context.
Mainstream Muslims detest the infection of radicalization far more than do other people.
The whole idea of democracy is that the setiments of our fellow citizens have power; we put ourselves in each other's hands.
When Pastor Terry Jones threatened to burn Qurans at his church in Florida this fall, he hurt a lot of Muslims I know. He also hurt a lot of Christians.
When the forces of intolerance rear their ugly heads, the forces of inclusion go into action.
College campuses have been in the vanguard of most major social movements.
For David Fraccaro, the immigration debate isn't just politics: It's faith.
Movements don't fall from the sky -- they're built by people.
'Instead of driving us apart, our varied beliefs can bring us together.'
My friend April grew up a church girl. She attended Bible camp and Sunday school, sang Christian songs, and went on mission trips.
The Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan, is over. For me, as for other Muslims, it has been challenging, and beautiful. But the purpose of the month—retreat—is not meant to last forever.
In the Quran, it is written, “And anyone who saves a life, it shall be as if he saved the lives of all the people.”
MYTH #1: Muslims cannot be good Americans because they are required to be loyal to some abstract Muslim flag or creed somewhere in the world, which is mutually exclusive with Ameri