Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core, on SOULJOURN, the new novel from Patheos Press: “The spiritual journey is at the heart of what it means to be human and America, with its stunningly diverse devotions, may the perfect place to undertake such a quest. Reverend Jim Burklo, someone who has gone through his own ‘souljourn’ and facilitated the journeys of many others, has written a wonderful guide to the cosmic, both without and within. This book will enrich you!”
soul*journ \ˈsōl-ˈjər-n\ n (from the eponymous novel by Jim Burklo) 1: an exploration of religion and spirituality by visiting places of prayer or worship of many different faiths
— a new novel with a mission: to inspire readers to engage personally with religious communities other than their own. It also inspires people to put their faith to work for the common good. The book is a conversation-starter – in dorms, living rooms, classrooms, coffee shops, and faith communities. It is a companion text for reflection on “souljourning”, and a curricular supplement for courses in comparative religion, world religions, and sociology of religion. Order SOULJOURN here – print or e-book. The author is Jim Burklo, Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California.
— a movement to encourage all Americans to discover, in person, the rich religious diversity in their own “back yards”. It’s an opportunity for houses of worship and prayer to invite “souljourners” to their congregations. Congregations can indicate their welcome to “Souljourners” with the graphic below.
— a campus program that brings students to congregations of many different faiths, and encourages reflection on these experiences. See how it works at the University of Southern California… create a similar program at your campus! If you start a SOULJOURN program in any form, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your program information so it can be listed here at this site.