Festival of Faiths
2013 Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Expressions of Gratitude
November 14, 2013
The Center for Interfaith Relations hosted its annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at the Cathedral of the Assumption on November 14 as part of the Festival of Faiths Fall Forums.
In keeping with this time of year and in acknowledgement for a successful 2013, the Center for Interfaith Relations would like to share some expressions of gratitude from representatives of Louisville’s diverse faiths communities.
Where Will Our Gratitude Take Us?
Very Reverend Jeff Nicolas
Pastor, Cathedral of the Assumption
Expression of Gratitude from Judaism
Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport
Senior Rabbi, The Temple – Congregation Adath Israel Brith Sholom
Expression of Gratitude from Buddhism
Reverend Thich Hang Dat
Abbot, Ten Thousand Buddhas Summit Monastery
Expression of Gratitude from Christianity and Islam
Reverend Kathy Goodwin
Pastor, Coke Memorial United Methodist Church
Sister Claire McGowan, OP
Executive Director, New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future
Dr. Muhammad Babar
Member, River Road Islamic Center
Louisville’s Fascinating Women of Faith
The Center for Interfaith Relations hosted Louisville’s Fascinating Women of Faith event in conjunction with Nancy Miller’s book launch of “100 Fascinating Louisville Women” on Nov. 4 at Actors Theatre Louisville.
My Steps to Peace:
A Labyrinth Experience
Festival of Faiths, May 2013
During the May 2013 Festival of Faiths, Sacred Silence: Pathway to Compassion, festival attendee Ellen Vaillancourt with assistance from Audrey Chen created this beautiful labyrinth on Louisville’s Belvedere with a little sidewalk chalk and a lot of inspiration. Our thanks to them for showing us the many ways we of many faiths can walk the pathway to compassion!
Public Talk with
Anam Thubten and Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel
October 4, 2013
On October 4, 2013, the Center for Interfaith Relations in partnership with the Dharmata Foundation and Mangala Shri Bhuti hosted an open talk with meditation teachers Anam Thubten and Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel at the Brown Hotel in Louisville.
Rinpoche and Elizabeth offered a guided public meditation and spiritual discourse about the benefits of meditative/contemplative practices and shared insights on their personal and spiritual journeys.
The October 4 presentation was followed by two days of application and discussion of meditative practices.
Perspectives on Sacred Silence
The Potter’s Field Documentary
What happens to the homeless when they die? The Potter’s Field is a documentary about high school students in Louisville KY, who volunteer to attend funeral services for the unknown, homeless, and otherwise indigent members of their community.
Find out more about the documentary at www.facebook.com/ThePottersFieldFilm.
The Morality of Meditation
By: David DeSteno
Published July 5, 2013
Supporting this view, recent findings by the neuroscientists Helen Weng, Richard Davidson and colleagues confirm that even relatively brief training in meditative techniques can alter neural functioning in brain areas associated with empathic understanding of others’ distress — areas whose responsiveness is also modulated by a person’s degree of felt associations with others. Read more …
The Last Quiet Places: Gordon Hempton on Silence and the Presence of Everything
Silence is an endangered species, says Gordon Hempton. He defines real quiet as presence — not an absence of sound, but an absence of noise. The Earth, as he knows it, is a “solar-powered jukebox.” Quiet is a “think tank of the soul.” We take in the world through his ears. Listen to the interview …
Growing the Deep Roots of Our Faith
A homily given by The Very Reverend Jeff Nicolas at Louisville’s Cathedral of the Assumption, June 1, 2013
One tool from our collective experience that helps us in this quest to grow the deep roots of faith is the tool of Sacred Silence. As was brought out in our recent Festival of Faiths, Sacred Silence is not just the absence of sound. Silence can be a place of encounter with Christ. Listen to the homily …
By: Reverend Lori Erickson
Deacon, Trinity Episcopal Church
Iowa City, Iowa
The sound of sheer silence. (1 Kings) That’s the line that has intrigued theologians and mystics throughout millennia, hinting at a paradox that lies at the heart of the spiritual path. We often think of religion as being all about words—sacred texts, liturgies, prayers, and doctrine. But these are actually the vessels that hold an even greater treasure within, a truth that is beyond all words. Read her June 23, 2013, sermon …
Louisville: Faith Festival Prepares City for Dalai Lama’s Visit
By: Keith Runyon
Two weeks ago Louisville was aglow with parties, bands, parades, fireworks and bourbon as hundreds of thousands of people gathered here to celebrate the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby. As Kentucky-bred Orb made a stunning comeback to cross the finish line, however, the mood of the city was about to change, dramatically, as a conference titled “Sacred Silence: Pathway to Compassion” convened in the historic Cathedral of the Assumption. This five-day event, the 19th annual Festival of Faiths, is an impressive prelude to the visit beginning Sunday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is making his third trip to Louisville. Read More…