ENERGY VISION STATEMENT – CALL FOR SIGNATURES
As a follow-up to the November 15 Festival of Faiths Fall Forum “Energy Independence Boom: A Call for Religious Leadership,” the Center for Interfaith Relations is asking all communities of faith of all religious traditions, organizations and individuals to join the Dominican Sisters of Peace, the Loretto Community and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in raising your voices in support of clean energy in Kentucky.
An Energy Vision from the Heart of Kentucky’s “Holy Land” is a public statement that was formulated in response to the development of natural gas pipelines, which will connect hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) operations in the northeast with chemical processing plants in the south. It speaks out against all plans for expanded extraction of fossil fuel or infrastructures such as pipelines that require the plundering of God’s creation and the endangerment of human communities. The statement advocates instead for immediate regional and national plans for the transition to renewable sources of energy.
This Energy Vision Statement will be formally publicized Tuesday, December 10, at a press conference hosted by several faith leaders from the region. Details about the event will be available soon.
Show your support and sign this important statement as an individual or on behalf of your organization. Signatures are needed no later than Friday, December 6, in order to be listed in the initial press release. However, signatures will be accepted after December 6 as well.
More information is available at www.lorettocommunity.org/energy.
The Center for Interfaith Relations is a proud supporter of this initiative, which is in keeping with the organization’s efforts to use interfaith dialogue as a means to encourage common action among all faith traditions to address issues that affect our entire community.
Our thanks to you for your ongoing support.
Longtime Center for Interfaith Relations Supporter Christy Brown to Address World Assembly of Religious Leaders
The Center for Interfaith Relations (CIR) is proud to announce that one of the organization’s founders and longtime supporters, Christina Lee Brown, will deliver a keynote address at the Religions for Peace (RFP) 9th World Assembly, which will take place November 20-22 in Vienna, Austria.
Every 5-6 years, RFP convenes a World Assembly of senior-most religious leaders for the purpose of forging a deep moral consensus on contemporary challenges, electing a new World Council, and advancing multi-religious action across and beyond the RFP network. This year’s event will convene over 600 senior religious leaders from around the world who are strategically positioned to advance multi-religious action for the common good. It will also include representatives of governments, intergovernmental organizations, charitable foundations, and other civil society sectors and provide concrete opportunities to forge multi-stakeholder partnerships for the common good. Major successes in the advancement of peace, development, and security will be responsibly shared and further honored.
At the World Assembly, Brown, who serves on the Interfaith Council of Trustees for Religions for Peace, will deliver a passionate plea to religious leaders to teach their followers about the sacredness of our air, water, and soil and the responsibility of people of faith to reverence all life – both human and earthly. This responsibility is affirmed by all world religions but has gone unheeded in the developed countries in the age created by the Industrial Revolution. The speech will promote the Sustainability Revolution, to usher in a new age, with a new paradigm of values and practices. To assist religious leaders in their teaching, Brown will give them a “tool kit,” containing articles, poems, extracts from prominent climate change studies, and a bibliography of books, articles, websites, movies and documentaries.
Christina Brown, along with her late husband, Owsley Brown II, was a charter member of the International Trustees of Religions for Peace. Christina and Owsley helped to inaugurate, grow, and sustain the Council of Trustees who work with the Religions for Peace World Council and share in its mission.
“Their work with Religions for Peace is testimony to their strong interest in and gratitude for religious diversity, an interest that is reflected in their leadership roles in promoting interfaith activities locally, nationally, and globally,” said Center for Interfaith Relations Executive Director Kathleen Lyons.
For the past 17 years, Brown has played an instrumental role in presenting the annual Festival of Faiths, sponsored by the Center for Interfaith Relations in Louisville, Kentucky. She is one of the founding members of the Center for Interfaith Relations and serves on the Center’s Board of Directors. Through Brown’s work and the work of the event’s many other coordinators, the Festival of Faiths has drawn thousands of attendees over the years and presented engaging keynote speakers including the Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Robert Kennedy, Fr. Richard Rohr and many more.
Now, in its 18th year, the Festival of Faiths continues to celebrate Louisville’s diverse faith traditions and present calls to action on various social justice issues. This past May, the Center for Interfaith Relations hosted a special Festival of Faiths in the days leading up to the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Louisville and the Dalai Lama’s “Engaging Compassion” programs. The theme for the 2013 Festival is Sacred Silence: Pathway to Compassion. In the spirit of this theme, the Center for Interfaith Relations will host the Festival of Faiths Fall Forums November 14 and 15. The event will lift up supporters of causes that influence the well-being of our community and our world. The Festival of Faiths Fall Forums is presented in partnership with the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s Edwards-Presler Lectures on Peace, Justice and Mission and Bellarmine University’s Campus Ministry program.
Festival of Faiths Fall Forums is November 14-15
The Pathway to Compassion continues with the Festival of Faiths 2013 Fall Forums, which will take place November 14 and 15, 2013.
As a follow-up to the May 2013 Festival of Faiths, Sacred Silence: Pathway to Compassion, the Center for Interfaith Relations will present a series of presentations and discussions which address issues that concern wealth disparities, economic and social justice, energy independence and environmental sustainability.
The Rev. Dr. Shanta Shanta D. Premawardhana, President of the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) and the Rev. Dr. Elizabeth L. Hinson Hasty, Associate Professor of Theology and Chair of the Theology Department at Bellarmine University, are the keynote speakers on November 14. Dr. Premawardhana will discuss “Greed as Violence: The Role of the Global Church in Addressing the Enduring Spiritual Crisis of our Time”, and Dr. Hinson Hasty will discuss “The Problem of Wealth.”
Both programs are presented in partnership with Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s Edwards-Presler Lectures on Peace, Justice and Mission and will take place at the seminary’s Caldwell Chapel.
Also on November 14, an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, which is a Festival of Faiths mainstay, will take place at the Cathedral of the Assumption in downtown Louisville.
On November 15, the Center for Interfaith Relations, in partnership with Bellarmine University Campus Ministry, will present “The Energy Independence Boom: A Call for Religious Leadership.” the event will draw upon the expertise of three highly qualified and innovative regional leaders to help us explore our faith communities’ response to the development of a new generation of fossil fuel extraction infrastructures that can threaten the health of all the life systems – human and Earth – in their path. Samuel Avery, owner of Avery and Sun Solar Energy Solutions, author and longtime social activist, Paul D. Simmons, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and Sarah Lynn Cunningham, licensed environmental engineer and state-certified environmental educator, are the featured panelists for this program.
Early Registration Discounts Available for October 4-6 Meditation Retreat
As part of ongoing programming offered for the 2013 Festival of Faiths, Sacred Silence: Pathway to Compassion, the Center for Interfaith Relations is offering a Meditation Retreat for people of all faith traditions and suited to both experienced and novice meditators.
Renowned meditation teachers Anam Thubten and Elizabeth Mattis Namgyal will invite everyone into the timeless Buddhist teachings, along with meditation practices to bear witness that we can all bring about change within. The “change” is a journey from our old mental patterns of hatred, fear and dissatisfaction that cause suffering, to lay the foundation for our individual and collective pathways to a natural state of compassion rooted in love, courage, insight and joy.
Spirituality, Compassion, Animal Welfare Featured at 2013 WorldFest
Two new features have been added to the 11th annual WorldFest, which will take place on the Belvedere in downtown Louisville over Labor Day weekend, August 30 to September 2, 2013.
The World of Spirituality and Compassion exhibit will demonstrate the importance of open and shared dialogue about what compassion wants of us in our places of business, our houses of worship, our family life and in our own personal development. The exhibit will be located at the top of the Belvedere next to the Global Village and will feature morning meditations, Tai Chi and Yoga sessions as well as “Open Space Discussions” about compassion in the workplace, compassion for animals and compassion for the environment.
Signature Healthcare is the exhibit sponsor and will offer one of its “Spirituality in the Workplace” presentations on Friday, August 30, at 2 p.m.
Zen gardens, finger labyrinths and peace postcards will be among the children/family activities offered throughout the weekend, and open drumming sessions will take place the evenings of August 30 and September 1.
Collaborative partners of the WorldFest World of Spirituality and Compassion exhibit are the Mayor’s Office for Globalization, Signature Healthcare (Exhibit Sponsor), the Center for Interfaith Relations, Interfaith Paths to Peace, Compassionate Louisville, the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center and the Joy of Drumming.
There will also be a “compassionate call of the wild” at WorldFest 2013, as several animal welfare organizations will participate in the Compassion for Animals and the Natural World exhibit. The exhibit will showcase the importance of animal welfare issues in our community – issues that our community of many cultures can address collectively. The exhibit will be located at the top of the Belvedere next to the children’s play area to the left of the George Rogers Clark statue.
Information, demonstrations and, yes, animals will be presented by the Arrow Fund, Louisville Zoo, Animal Care Society, Louisville Metro Animal Services, Kentucky Humane Society, Alley Cat Advocates, Hand-In-Paw Rescue, Paws with Purpose and Louisville Nature Center.
For more information about WorldFest 2013, log onto www.louisvilleky.gov/globalization/worldfest.
Dig Deep into Sacred Silence with Passionist Earth and Spirit Center Meditation Classes
The Center for Interfaith Relations is proud to have the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center in Louisville, Kentucky, as one of its presenting sponsors for the 2013 Festival of Faiths, Sacred Silence: Pathway to Compassion. The Passionist Earth and Spirit Center inspires, educates and mobilizes religious institutions and people of faith to assume an active role in caring for God’s creation, embracing Gospel justice and nurturing spiritual wisdom.
As part of its programming and in keeping with the Festival of Faiths theme of “Sacred Silence”, the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center is offering several programs throughout September and October that focus on mindfulness meditation, spiritual formation, transformative learning and community outreach/action. Check out the following schedule to see what is available.
Beginning Meditation Course
Learn to meditate – receive basic instruction in Christian insight meditation and guidance for applying meditative wisdom in daily life. This 10-week program meets Wednesdays, with options for attending morning or evening sessions and begins with a retreat on Saturday, September 21.
Mindfulness Meditation in Healthcare – Professional Development
Mindfulness Meditation in Education – Teacher Training
In both of these one-year training programs, participants learn to develop a personal meditation practice and receive training on how to bring mindfulness into their profession. Educators and teachers learn how to bring mindfulness into schools. Healing and healthcare professionals learn techniques for benefiting of patients and providers alike. Classes begin Saturday, September 21.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program
This intensive eight-week program offers an integrated approach to managing stress while enriching your life. The program begins Thursday, September 5.
Introduction to Meditation Workshop
This free workshop explores the physical, psychological and spiritual benefits of mindfulness meditation. Wednesday, September 4, 8:00–9:30 a.m.
Sunday School: Evolving Universe–Evolving Faith
Join this exciting adventure in the human search to know the world our role in it. Recover a sense of belonging. Five Sunday sessions, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., begin Sunday, September 22.
Aging as a Transformational Journey
This six-week course explores the spiritual journey of aging. It is a forum, a process and a community for those who want to age with greater wisdom and grace. The course begins Monday, September 9.
Learn the Enneagram
Gain insight into yourself, help in interpersonal relationships, and aid in spiritual development. Learn the nine personality types – and help in where you stumble. Saturday, October 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
May 2013 Festival of Faiths Highlights
The May 2013 Festival of Faiths was a success! Following are a few highlights from the event, which carried the theme of “Sacred Silence: Pathway to Compassion” and helped prepare our community for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Louisville.
When we say that the May 2013 Festival of Faiths was our biggest ever, we weren’t kidding. Traditionally, our festival sells between 3,000 and 4,000 tickets. The May 2013 festival sold more than 9,000 tickets – MORE THAN DOUBLE OUR LARGEST AUDIENCE – and drew attendees from all over the world.
The Center for Interfaith Relations is pleased and thankful that so many people made the time to attend the event. We hope that we delivered a quality program that met your expectations.
The May 2013 Festival of Faiths was the most documented festival in the event’s 18-year history. In case you missed any of the events or if you couldn’t catch the live stream on our website, check out our YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/FestofFaiths. Each presentation is available to watch in its entirety.
Also, the Festival of Faiths Flickr page includes more than 150 photographs taken before and during the Festival. See www.flickr.com/festoffaiths.
The May 2013 Festival of Faiths may be behind us, but the pathway to compassion continues. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events.
October 4-6, 2013
The Center for Interfaith Relations, in partnership with the Dharmata Foundation, will host a meditation retreat featuring Anam Thubten and Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel. The venue, retreat schedule and registration will be available soon.
Festival of Faiths
There is still room for one more Festival of Faiths in 2013. Watch our website, www.festivaloffaiths.org, for news and updates on what we have in store for November’s festival.
This big festival needed some big help. Many thanks to the following organizations who partnered with us to make the May Festival of Faiths such a huge success.
Louisville Metro Government
Archdiocese of Louisville
The Thomas Merton Center
Louisville Public Media
Drepung Gomang Institute
Muhammad Ali Center
The Center for Interfaith Relations is also pleased to acknowledge the generous financial commitments, services and resources provided by several businesses and individuals. Click here to see a complete list, and be sure to offer these businesses your patronage.
Festival of Faiths Programs are Streaming; Also Available on YouTube
The attendance to this week’s Festival of Faiths has already exceeded that of previous Festivals, and we are only at the halfway mark. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT!
In an effort to make this extraordinary event as accessible as possible, several Festival of Faiths events are streaming live on our home page, www.festivaloffaiths.org.
Just log on, and watch the program!
A quick technical note about live streaming, the quality may not be the best, depending on several things, such as available bandwidth, internet connection, etc. If you experience difficulty viewing any of our events live, not to worry … higher resolution videos of our events are available on the Festival of Faiths YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/festoffaiths.
Following are videos from some of our events so far this week.
We are having a blast this week, and we hope you are as well.
Gerardo Abboud – Meditation Teaching
Bishop Mark Andrus and The Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche – A Pathway to Compassion
Fr. Martin Laird – Out of Silence something is born that leads to Silence Itself
Return to our website and YouTube page often this week as more events will be available online soon.
Thank you again for your support of the Festival of Faiths!
The Temple 2013 Lewis Lecture wth Rabbi Arthur Green
The Temple is pleased to welcome Rabbi Arthur Green, one of the world’s preeminent authorities on Jewish thought and spirituality, as the 2013 Lewis Lecture guest speaker. Rabbi Green is a nationally renowned speaker, author, and teacher of Torah. He will be speaking at The Temple during Sabbath Evening Services on Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m. on “A Contemporary Jewish Spirituality.” Rabbi Green will be teaching a special Scholar-in-Residence Torah Study session in The Temple’s Fishman Library on Saturday morning, May 18 at 9 a.m.
Thanks to the generosity of the Martin and Ginger Lewis Memorial Lecture Fund, both programs are free and open to the public. A special Oneg Shabbat (dessert reception) will follow the service on May 17.
FOR MORE INFORMATION …
THE TEMPLE * Congregation Adath Israel Brith Sholom
5101 U.S. HIGHWAY 42
LOUISVILLE, KY 40241
Exhibit of Ralph Eugene Meatyard Photographs of Thomas Merton Opens at PUBLIC gallery
On May 13, 2013, The Festival of Faiths and the Institute for Contemplative Practice hosted an opening of the Merton/Meatyard; Meatyard/Merton exhibit at PUBLIC, the Louisville Visual Art Association gallery in Louisville. The exhibit runs through May 22, and features a collection of Ralph Eugene Meatyard photographs of Thomas Merton and the first public appearance of eight Thomas Merton calligraphies.
Watch this video of longtime Festival of Faiths supporter Stephen Reily explaining some of the history behind the Ralph Eugene Meatyard photographs on display at PUBLIC.