Eboo Patel: Acts of Faith
The Inaugural Benedictine Institute Lecture presented by Saint
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
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
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
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!