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April 25-27, 2019
Pre-Festival Events | April 24, 2019
Louisville, KY


…wisdom present at the intersection of faith and science
…ancient and modern questions at the heart of human existence
…space where reason and revelation co-exist


with spiritual leaders, teachers, and practitioners





  • Admission To One Festival of Faiths Session
  • Access To All Festival Activities in Lobby
  • General Admission Seating
  • ON SALE MARCH 2019


  • Access To All Festival Programming
  • Two Pre-Festival Workshops Held On Wednesday, April 24
  • Receptions Before After Hours Programs On April 25 & 26
  • General Admission Seating

Tickets are available through the
Kentucky Center for the Arts
Box Office

501 W. Main St, Louisville, KY

Phone #502.584.7777



Woman Stands Shining

Ben Sollee

Cynthia Bourgeault

Richard Davidson

Mary Evelyn Tucker

Woman Stands Shining, whose indigenous name is Weyakpa Najin Win, is a Dine’ (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace, and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth, and global healing. She draws upon the deep Indigenous sciences of thriving life to reframe questions about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, the “Women’s Nation” and the “Men’s Nation,” in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life” and upholding the honor of being human.
Kentucky-born cellist and composer Ben Sollee likes to keep moving. He kicked off 2014 with the release of his score for the documentary film Maidentrip. In March, he performed at Carnegie Hall as part of a tribute to Paul Simon. Throughout April and May, he was out supporting song-writer William Fitzsimmons. This September, he toured for two weeks in Europe and returned to the United States to perform with the Charlotte Ballet. If you’ve seen him perform, you know it’s not to missed. For listeners just discovering Ben’s music, you’ll find that there’s a lot more to it than just songs.
Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader, Cynthia Bourgeault divides her time between solitude and actively recovering the Christian contemplative path. A long-time advocate for Centering Prayer, she has worked closely with Thomas Keating. Bourgeault is a founding Director of both the Aspen Wisdom School and The Contemplative Society, where she continues to contribute in her role as Principal Teacher and advisor. She is currently a core faculty at The Living School for Action and Contemplation, headed by Richard Rohr, OFM. Bourgeault has authored numerous books, most recently The Heart of Centering Prayer.
Dr. Richard Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder and Director of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he has been a faculty member since 1984. Throughout his career, he has published more than 375 articles and 80 chapters/reviews as well as edited 14 books.He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Psychology, Psychopathology & Psychophysiology with a minor focus in Behavioral Neurology and Neuroanatomy; and a B.S., in Psychology from New York University.
Mary Evelyn Tucker is a Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University where she has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as the Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies. She teaches in the joint MA program in religion and ecology and directs the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale with her husband, John Grim. ​ ​Her concern for the growing environmental crisis, especially in Asia, led her to organize with John Grim a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard (1995-1998). After the conference series she and Grim founded the Forum on Religion and Ecology at a culminating conference at the United Nations in 1998. They now direct the Forum at Yale where they also teach religion and ecology.

Ken Kimmell

Clifford Saron

Lisa Miller

Master Mingtong Gu

Jesse Wright

Ken Kimmell is president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a leading science-based nonprofit that combines the knowledge and influence of the scientific community with the passion of concerned citizens to build a healthy planet and a safer world. Mr. Kimmell has more than 30 years of experience in government, environmental policy, and advocacy. He is a national advocate for clean energy and transportation policies and a driving force behind UCS’s “Power Ahead” campaign to build a large and diverse group of clean energy leadership states.Mr. Kimmell serves on the Commission on the Future of Transportation in the Commonwealth, which will advise Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s administration on future transportation needs and challenges. Kimmell was one of 18 members the governor appointed to the panel charged with looking at five areas anticipated to have a dramatic impact on transportation: climate and resiliency, transportation electrification, autonomous and connected vehicles, transit and mobility services, and land use and demographic trends.
Clifford Saron is a Research Scientist at the Center for Mind and Brain and MIND Institute at the University of California at Davis . He received his Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Saron has had a long-standing interest in the effects of contemplative practice on physiology and behavior. In the early 1990s he conducted field research investigating Tibetan Buddhist mind training under the auspices of the Office of H.H. the Dalai Lama. A faculty member at Mind and Life Summer Research Institutes in the US and Europe, he is currently a member of the Mind and Life Institute Steering Council. Dr. Saron directs the Shamatha Project, a multidisciplinary longitudinal investigation of the effects of intensive meditation on physiological and psychological processes central to well-being. In 2012, Dr. Saron and his research team were awarded the inaugural Templeton Prize Research Grant in honor of H.H. the Dalai Lama. His other research area focuses on sensory processing in children with autism spectrum disorders to better understand how these children experience their everyday sensory environments.
Lisa Miller, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University, Teachers College and is Founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, the first Ivy League graduate program in spirituality and psychology. ​ Dr. Miller is a foremost scientist on spirituality across the lifespan, with her work published in top research journals including JAMA-Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Her innovative research has focused on quantifiable effects of spirituality in health, resilience and thriving, and an overall sacred and joyful life. Her clinical and consultation work focuses on spiritual awareness and spiritual growth, for individuals, families, groups and organizations.
With his joyous and skillful Wisdom Healing Qigong teachings, internationally respected Master Mingtong Gu brings ancient wisdom to the west to improve health and happiness in modern times.   His teachings empower people of all ages and health conditions, to discover more joy, health and vitality of mind, body and heart through dedicated practice of Wisdom Healing Qigong.Founder of The Chi Center, The Center for Wisdom Healing Qigong, and author of numerous books, including Empowered Healing, he leads workshops, retreats, online courses and professional certification programs worldwide. Born and raised in China, Master Gu trained with Grandmasters in Tibet and China and was awarded Qigong Master of the Year by the 13th World Qigong Congress. He received his master’s training in Wisdom Healing Qigong at the largest medicine-less Qigong hospital in China.  He worked with people facing major physical and emotional challenges. Witnessing profound healing experiences inspired his dedication to the teaching and practice of Wisdom Healing Qigong.  In working with students, he found his life passion, purpose and fulfillment in this union of spiritual practice and applied healing wisdom. The Chi Center reaches a global audience through online programs and in person retreats and is based in Galisteo, New Mexico.   www.chicenter.com
Dr. Jesse Wright received his undergraduate degree from Juniata College and obtained his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College. He completed his psychiatry residency training at the University of Michigan where he was Chief Resident and received his board certification in psychiatry in 1975. Dr. Wright earned his Ph.D. from the University of Louisville in 1986.Dr. Wright was the Founding President of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the President of the Kentucky Psychiatric Association. He is a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. His research interests include the development and testing of computer-aided psychotherapy programs and the interaction between pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy. He lectures widely on mood disorders, cognitive-behavior therapy, psychopharmacology, and computer-aided psychotherapy.


8:30 – 9:15 am | SPIRITUAL PRACTICE : Christian

10:00 am – 12:00 pm | VALUING FAITH AND SCIENCE : The Climate Crisis


7:00 – 9:00 pm | FESTIVAL AFTER HOURS : Part One

8:30 – 9:15 am | SPIRITUAL & HEALING PRACTICE : Qigong

10:00 am – 12:00 pm | WHAT IS THE NATURE OF BEING


7:00 – 9:00 pm | FESTIVAL AFTER HOURS : Part Two

8:30 – 9:15 am | SPIRITUAL PRACTICE : Buddhist

10:00 am – 12:00 pm | WONDER & AWE | What is Real?

2:00 – 4:00 pm | SACRED COSMOS | Visons of Health & Harmony


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The mission of the Festival of Faiths is to promote
interfaith understanding, cooperation, and action
through exploring how different participating faith traditions
address a common issue, topic, or theme.

The Festival is organized and supported by the
Center for Interfaith Relations.


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