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How does our community define compassion in our neighborhoods, our places of business, our houses of worship and beyond? What does compassion want from Louisville?

17th Annual Festival of Faiths Celebrates Sacred Fire: Light of Compassion

Pre-Festival Events Begin November 10
Official Festival: November 14th – November 18th, 2012

The 17th Annual Festival of Faiths will take place November 14-18 at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage (1701 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard, Louisville, Kentucky).

The theme for this year’s festival is Sacred Fire: Light of Compassion. Festival programs will include keynote addresses, panel discussions, interfaith prayer services, films, music, exhibits, youth events and more. These programs will direct attention to the sacred fire of compassion that enriches our lives and motivates us to serve as good stewards in our congregations, in the workplace, for our environment, in our schools and throughout our neighborhoods.

Featured keynote speakers include: Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer; Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, co-author for the international Charter for Compassion; Dr. James Doty, founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University; Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, founder and president of The Regeneration Project; Thomas Graham, Jr., a former senior U.S. diplomat who was involved in all major international arms control and nuclear non-proliferation agreements from 1970-1997; and many more.

Major interfaith offerings will include an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, an Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, a Hindu Havan fire ceremony, a Seder of Sacred Fire, a Sufi dance and meditation, a choral evensong in the Anglican tradition, and a showcase of gospel choirs from Louisville’s Russell and surrounding communities. Representatives from Native American cultures will lead discussions around the “sacred fire,” and festival exhibitors and artists will illustrate our community’s response to what compassion wants from us. Youth programs will include breakout discussions on environmental concerns, racism, homelessness, controlled burns and other social issues. The annual Night of a Thousand Stars remains a Festival of Faiths mainstay.

Many of the Festival of Faiths events are free. Reservations are required to attend the ticketed events and several of the free events. Registration, a complete schedule of events and more information are available at


Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
1701 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard
Louisville, Kentucky 40203
Phone: (502) 583-3100

Price: varies depending on program
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