Mark your calendar for the 4th Annual Cincinnati Festival of Faiths August 22-29, 2021 (virtually presented)

This year’s theme: “Compassion through Action: We are in it Together”
Cultural, spiritual, and fun activities for all ages.

Please join EquaSion at this year’s Festival of Faiths, presented virtually from August 22-29.

This year’s activities will include representation by several of Cincinnati’s diverse faith groups and their leaders.

Presently, more than 50 civic leaders and representatives of our region’s diverse faith traditions are again collaborating as planners of this year’s 4th Annual Cincinnati Festival of Faiths.

The Festival is our community’s most inclusive gathering of area religious groups, involving more than 30 distinct faith traditions representing 14 world religions.

The Festival’s purposes are to showcase our community’s rich religious diversity, remind us of religion’s contributions to our community’s quality of life, and to demonstrate the unity of our interfaith community.

More details to follow. For the latest updates and information, please follow EquaSion on Facebook and/or Twitter.

During the era of two world wars on this planet, many groups advocated for peace.  The Biosophical Institute (BI) was one such group.

  • In 1936 BI founder Dr. Frederick Kettner published  an essay on “The Need for a Secretary of Peace” and presented to the First Inter-American Peace conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina a “Secretary of Peace Plan” with an endorsing petition signed by 41,000 Americans.
  • In 1939 the Biosophical Institute sponsored a peace film at the New York World’s Fair.
  • From 1955-1958 Dr. Kettner wrote a series of articles about a Secretary of Peace and peace education, presented lectures and corresponded with the U.S. State Department about establishing the First Peace University in the US.


This is just some of the Biosophical Institute’s historical peacebuilding work which continues to this day.  The Biosophical Institute’s mission is to cultivate a community and culture of peace encompassing life wisdom and deep relationships through character and peace education.

Please join the call on 7/21/21 at 5 pm PDT/ 8 pm EDT to learn more from the Institute’s Executive Director Louis Ensel.  Join us online or by phone:  https://zoom.us/j/464735321 or by phone (US: +1 929 436 2866  or +1 669 900 6833).  Meeting ID: 464 735 321 (no passcode required).

Louis Ensel brings to the BI over 20 years in non-profit management from agency and community relations to Associate Director for a regional chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.  He has worked in varied community and public environments from foodbanking to diversity education, mediation to neighborhood healing through consensus building.

The Department of Peacebuilding Campaign owes a debt of gratitude to the BI as we pay it forward with our work to cultivate a culture of peace and create a cabinet-level Department of Peacebuilding (DoP) in the U.S. government.  Peacebuilding is our history and our future.  We continue commemorating introduction of DoP legislation in Congress on 7/11/21 and advocating for its creation.

Join us as we look at the different ways that we exert people power to create deep and lasting change. We will dive into strategies and avenues for social change, and emerge with new understandings of our place in the work that we care most about. From talking to friends, to writing an op-ed, to lobbying elected officials, to participating in community projects — how are you going to make your voice heard as you strive for peace and justice in our world? Come with an issue that you care about in mind and leave with a plan as you prepare to take action.

Registration Deadline: March 12th

Join us as we look at the different ways that we exert people power to create deep and lasting change. We will dive into strategies and avenues for social change, and emerge with new understandings of our place in the work that we care most about. From talking to friends, to writing an op-ed, to lobbying elected officials, to participating in community projects — how are you going to make your voice heard as you strive for peace and justice in our world? Come with an issue that you care about in mind and leave with a plan as you prepare to take action.

Registration Deadline: March 12th

Join us as we look at the different ways that we exert people power to create deep and lasting change. We will dive into strategies and avenues for social change, and emerge with new understandings of our place in the work that we care most about. From talking to friends, to writing an op-ed, to lobbying elected officials, to participating in community projects — how are you going to make your voice heard as you strive for peace and justice in our world? Come with an issue that you care about in mind and leave with a plan as you prepare to take action.

Registration Deadline: March 12th

Join us as we look at the different ways that we exert people power to create deep and lasting change. We will dive into strategies and avenues for social change, and emerge with new understandings of our place in the work that we care most about. From talking to friends, to writing an op-ed, to lobbying elected officials, to participating in community projects — how are you going to make your voice heard as you strive for peace and justice in our world? Come with an issue that you care about in mind and leave with a plan as you prepare to take action.

Registration Deadline: March 12th

Everything in history matters – even when it is minimized or swept away. Come explore the connections between past and modern day experiences in our communities. In this program, we will learn about the history of enslavement in our country that began more than 400 years ago. What does enslavement look like now? How can we learn from these historic and modern day connections as we strive to live as anti-racist peacebuilders?

Registration Deadline: February 12th

No one enjoys being uncomfortable, but it is also deeply necessary to do the real work of changing our communities. Dive deep with us to unpack the privileges that we each hold. We will discuss the origins of our modern concept of race and the impact of white supremacy on our world. The discussion and learning will challenge participants to take on the daily practice of action and reflection to be anti-racist in everything that they do.

Registration Deadline: January 29th

Dialogue as a Platform for Change: 6th to 12th Grade

This program is designed for those who are either completely new to dialogue or wanting to continue to explore being in dialogue. If you are looking to better understand what it looks and feels like to engage authentically and courageously in an identity-based dialogue, join us. If you are looking to explore the way that your own identities and experiences impact what you believe to be true, join us. If you want to figure out whether dialogue is something you want to make more a part of your life moving forward, join us.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 15th