Festival of Faiths
The annual Festival of Faiths celebrates the religious heritage of the Louisville region. It is recognized by the United States Senate as a model for interfaith activity.
The festival is a week-long series of events centered on a particular theme. Past themes have included “Song and Celebration,” “Healing Mind, Body, and Soul,” and “Faith and Families.” Guest speakers and panelists have included Deepak Chopra, Diana Eck, Robert Kennedy, Rabbi Harold Kushner, and Martin Marty. The mission of the festival is “to celebrate the diversity of our faiths, be grateful for our unity, and strengthen the role of religion in society.”
The Festival of Faiths is organized by the Center for Interfaith Relations, formerly the Cathedral Heritage Foundation. Formed in 1985 to oversee the restoration of the Cathedral of the Assumption in downtown Louisville, the foundation aims to “promote inter-religious understanding and the civic role of the historic Cathedral of the Assumption.” As a logical outgrowth of that mission, the foundation organized an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service in 1991. In 1992, the foundation received a grant from the Lilly Endowment to begin planning a Museum of Faiths.
- Program 105
- The Muhammad Ali Center, Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, the Festival of Faiths, Louisville historian Tom Owen, and the Lewis & Clark Homecoming. (#105)