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Press Release for Friday, January 9, 2015

UNF Hosts ‘Interfaith Leadership: Religious Diversity and the Health of the Community’ Lecture

Jessica Scott, Public Relations Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192


The OneJax Institute at the University of North Florida, UNF InterFaith Center and The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations will present a lecture, “Interfaith Leadership: Religious Diversity and the Health of the Community,” by Dr. Eboo Patel, Interfaith Youth Core founder, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, UNF’s Adam W. Herbert University Center, Building 43, Grand Banquet Hall, Room 1044. The lecture is included in OneJax Institute’s “Oneness of Humanity” celebration and is a featured event of UNF Interfaith Week and UNF’s Distinguished Voices Lecture Series.


Patel will speak on the ways interfaith leadership builds healthy communities in America’s changing landscape of religious diversity. His core belief is that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He’s inspired to build this bridge through his Islamic faith, Indian heritage and American citizenship. He has shared this vision at the TED conference, Clinton Global Initiative, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as college and university campuses across the country. Additionally, he has written two books about interfaith cooperation, “Acts of Faith” and “Sacred Ground.”


The Oneness of Humanity event draws insight and input from religious, cultural and community leaders focusing on the idea of humanity as one. UNF Interfaith Week raises awareness about the diversity of ideological and religious frameworks in America and provides opportunities for University (try to switch up using UNF and University where appropriate as there is a lot of UNF this and UNF that) students to engage in respectful dialogue with students from different backgrounds. UNF’s Distinguished Voices Lecture Series is a series of free lectures by noteworthy speakers, covering a wide range of subject matters, such as foreign affairs, economics and world culture.


For more information about this annual event, contact the OneJax Institute at UNF at (904) 620-1529. This free event is open to the community; however, tickets are required for entry and may be obtained online at .


As an interfaith organization, the OneJax Institute at UNF educates, advocates and builds community to promote respect and understanding that will overcome bias, bigotry and oppression.


            UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.