The One Book One Community Committee of Shaping Summit Together announces the 2011 recommended community read, Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel. It is the story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation. Hard copies are available to borrow at The Summit Free Public Library. The book is available in both print and electronic formats.

Pat Obst, Head of Reference Services at The Summit Free Public Library, comments, “Acts of Faith” has important messages for both adults and youth. It shows how religion can be a divisive element of social relationships if we let it. This book helps to show how to make it less so. Classifications don’t have to limit what a person believes, knows or understands.”

Working in partnership with the Summit Interfaith Council, our 2011 event will take place at the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on November 20th. At the 5pm service, the community will hear from two alumni from Interfaith Youth Core, Eboo Patel’s organization. They will share how Eboo Patel’s ideas around religious pluralism have come alive through interfaith community building.  Afterwards, there will be a brief reception followed by a Q & A with the speakers at 6:30 pm. All events will take place at Fountain Baptist Church, 116 Glenside Avenue.

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One of the speakers in November will be Josh Stanton. A native of Bethesda, Maryland, Joshua Stanton is a Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue™ and a Schusterman Rabbinical Fellow at Hebrew Union College. He is also a founding co-Director of Lessons of a Lifetime™, a nursing home-based project designed to improve intergenerational relations. A graduate of Amherst College, he is the recipient of numerous leadership awards. He is an Interfaith Youth Core alumnus, blogger for the Huffington Post and a writer, whose articles and papers have been published in over nine languages. In addition to his other work and study, Stanton serves on the Board of Directors of World Faith, as well as the Education as Transformation project. Josh co-founded Religious Freedom USA, a New York City based initiative that seeks to defend the core American value of religious freedom.

Another speaker will be Frank Fredericks. A born-again Christian from Oregon, Frank Fredericks is the Executive Director of World Faith, an interfaith community service network with chapters in six countries. An alumnus of New York University, he previously worked in the music industry, managing artists such as Lady Gaga, and founding Çöñàr Records. Fredericks works as an Online Marketing Consultant and has consulted businesses, artists, and non-profits, including the Cordoba Initiative. As an active blogger, Frank contributes to a number of blogs, including the Huffington Post. He is an Interfaith Youth Core alumnus, UN Alliance of Civilizations presenter, and has been interviewed by Good Morning America, NPR, New York Magazine, and various international media outlets. Frank co-founded Religious Freedom USA, a New York City based initiative that seeks to defend the core American value of religious freedom.

On Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Day of Service” on January 16, 2012, the Summit Interfaith Council will be hosting an interfaith youth conference in Summit which will be led by the Interfaith Youth Core.

The One Book One Community Program is a collaborative initiative between The Summit Interfaith Council, The Summit Free Public Library and other participating stakeholders of Shaping Summit Together, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Visit for more information.