Loyola University Chicago

New Student Convocation

Convocation Speaker

Convocation Speaker

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III is the Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL. A leading progressive Christian activist and cultural critic, Dr. Moss is a Jazz-influenced Pastor with a Hip Hop vibe. His creative bible-based messages have inspired young and old alike. His gift for intergenerational preaching has made Dr. Moss a popular speaker on college campuses, conferences and churches around the globe.

Dr. Moss is the author of The Gospel According to the Wiz: And Other Sermons from Cinema and Redemption in a Red Light District, and co-author of The Gospel Re-Mix: How to Reach the Hip Hop Generation and Preach! The Power and Purpose Behind Our Praise, written with his father, the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr. 

His sermons, articles, and poetry have appeared in various publications and blog sites including The Huffington Post, Urban Cusp, The Root, Power in the Pulpit II: America’s Most Effective Preachers, Joy To The World: Sermons From America’s Pulpit, Sound The Trumpet: Messages of Hope for Black Men, The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama, Sojourners Magazine and The African American Pulpit Journal. 

A native of Cleveland, OH, Dr. Moss is an honors graduate of Morehouse College, Yale Divinity School, and has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary.


Watch Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III's address at the 2015 Loyola University Chicago New Student Convocation:

Acts of Faith

Patel, a former Rhodes scholar with a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford, is the founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, an organization that unites young people of different religions to perform community service and explore their common values. Patel argues that such work is essential, manifesting the faith line that will define the 21st century. Patel's own story is more powerful than the exhaustive examples he provides of how mainstream faith failed to reach young people like Osama bin Laden and Yighal Amir, the assassin of Yitzhak Rabin.

With honesty, Patel relates how he suffered the racist taunts of fellow youth, and, in response, alternately rebelled against and absorbed the religion of his parents—Islam—but in his own way. Meanwhile, he continued to pursue interfaith work with vigor, not quite knowing his end goal but always feeling in his gut that interfaith understanding was the key. This autobiography of a young activist captures how an angry youth can be transformed—by faith, by the community and, most of all, by himself—into a profound leader for the cause of peace. 

About the Author

Named by US News & World Report as one of America's Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo Patel is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses. Author of the books "Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America" (Beacon Press, 2012), and "Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation" (Beacon Press, 2010) which won the Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion, Eboo is also a regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR, and CNN.

He served on President Obama's inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. He was an Ashoka Fellow, part of a select group of social entrepreneurs whose ideas are changing the world, and was recently awarded the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize, an award given to an individual to enhance awareness of the crucial role of religious dialogue in the pursuit of peace. Today, Eboo lives in Chicago with his wife, Shehnaz Mansuri, and their two sons.