Greater Cincinnati’s first-ever Festival of Faiths on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at Xavier University’s Cintas Center will bring together neighbors, families and spiritual leaders to celebrate the area’s religious diversity. The day will feature faith-based exhibits, dialogues, workshops, art, music and fun activities for all ages. The event is free and open to the public.
Modeled after popular long-standing festivals in Louisville and Indianapolis, Cincinnati’s festival will showcase the many faith traditions of our region. It also includes a day of community service for interfaith groupings of volunteers.
Organized by the local Bridges of Faith Trialogue, the Festival’s objectives are to promote awareness of Greater Cincinnati’s religious diversity, celebrate the variety of cultural contributions to our community’s quality of life, and educate families about the world’s religions.
The theme for this inaugural event is “Compassion through Action” in recognition of the role the faith community has historically played and continues to play in advancing a civil, socially just and welcoming community for all who live, work and visit Greater Cincinnati. The event will also serve to unify our community, focusing on our similarities and celebrating our differences.
"COMPASSION THROUGH ACTION "
A Day of Celebration: A festival showcasing Greater Cincinnati’s religious diversity and vitality, celebrating religion’s contributions to our community’s quality of life and modeling our exemplary interfaith relations and collaboration.
Days of Community Engagement: Interfaith groupings of volunteers will spend the day together performing community service, followed by a discussion of their shared experience.
A Day of Celebration – a fun and educational festival, featuring music and culture, purely non-political, within a setting of 50+, diverse religious group exhibitors; to include opportunities for interfaith prayer/meditation and dialogue. (June 24, 1-5 pm)
INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SERVICE
"Religious communities are, without question, the largest and best organized civil institutions in the world today, claiming the allegiance of billions of believers and bridging the divides of race, class and nationality. They are uniquely equipped to meet the challenges of our time; resolving conflicts, caring for the earth, the sick, the needy, and promoting peaceful co-existence among all people." - Religions of Peace
The organizers of the Cincinnati Festival of Faiths envision the Festival as a launching pad for an expanded, energized and united faith community that will address the challenges of our community. Imagine it, representatives of a dozen world religions working hand in hand as never before to advance the cause of "compassion through action." To that end, we are urging interfaith groupings to perform community engagement services before and after the June 24th Festival of Faiths. We have two (2) projects that are now ready for volunteer involvement:
* Safe and Healthy Ohio Campaign: Canvassing for Ohio criminal justice reform (on November ballot) --- seeking volunteers to gather petition signatures; an initiative being led locally by the AMOS Project. Those interested individuals and groups should contact Elizabeth Hopkins of the AMOS Project at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Habitat for Humanity interfaith builds --- seeking individuals and groups to participate in half-day or full-day Habitat builds. Those interested should contact Maria Santiago of Habitat at email@example.com.
June 24th Events:
12:10-12:50 PM Interfaith Service (Cintas Center, XU Campus)
12:50 - 1:00 PM Faith & Civic Leaders Processional
1:00 - 1:20 PM Opening Ceremonies (Cintas Center, XU Campus)
1:20 - 5:00 PM Festival Exhibits & Vendors, On-going faith-based entertainment, Compassionate Conversations, Children & Youth Activities
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