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Acts of Faith CoverActs of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation

by Eboo Patel


Acts of Faith is a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism, from one of the most prominent faith leaders in the United States.

Eboo Patel’s story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power of passion of young people—and the world-changing potential of an interfaith youth movement. Acts of Faith is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Religion.


Eboo PatelEboo Patel is founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based international nonprofit building the interfaith youth movement. He is a regular contributor to the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and CNN. Named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report, he was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Eboo’s core belief is that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He’s inspired to build this bridge by his faith as a Muslim, his Indian heritage, and his American citizenship. He has spoken about this vision at places like the TED conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as college and university campuses across the country. He has written two books about interfaith cooperation, Acts of Faith and Sacred Ground. Some people ask if Eboo ever stops talking about interfaith. If it’s any indication, his five-year-old son can define interfaith cooperation.

OCUReads MUSINGS Creative Competition

MUSINGS … Creative reflections on Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel

OCUReads is new students’ first opportunity to engage with the community of scholars that is central to the OCU experience. In August, as part of Stars Week: New Student Orientation, first-year students will participate in a series of discussions and activities providing a deeper appreciation of Acts of Faith.

 All incoming freshmen are encouraged to participate in MUSINGS …

Creative Reflections on Acts of Faith. SERVICE, SOCIAL JUSTICE and INTERFAITH describe key elements in Eboo Patel’s compelling story.

Students are invited to respond to these themes in the format of their choice. Students may select from the following categories:


Essay • Poetry • Short Story    


Visual Art (2 or 3D) • Photography • Dance • Music

LETTERS entries: Must be submitted by email as a Word attachment, by mail, or in person.

ARTS entries: Performance Arts must be submitted on DVD. Visual Arts entries must be submitted in a form ready to exhibit, i.e. mounted for display, fully assembled, etc.

All entries may either be posted on the OCUReads web page and/or displayed during the author’s visit. 

Cash Prizes will be awarded:


1st Place: $250.00
2nd Place: $150.00
3rd Place: $100.00


1st Place: $250.00
2nd Place: $150.00
3rd Place: $100.00

Each winner will also be invited to attend dinner with the author, Eboo Patel, Thursday, August 20th.

Submission Guidelines

Please include your name, phone number, email address, hometown and major.

You may submit your entry by mail, in person or by email to:

First-Year Experience
Attn: Colbi Beam
2501 N. Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106


subject: OCUReads MUSINGS

Any questions? Please call 405.208.5255

Deadline: Wednesday, July 29, 2015