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THE 23RD ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF FAITHS is a five-day nationally acclaimed multi-faith celebration of music, poetry, art, film, and dialogue with spiritual leaders, practitioners, and teachers.

The 2018 Festival explores practices, teachings, and insight rooted in Feminine wisdom. Speakers and artists from diverse backgrounds and faith traditions examine the Feminine aspects of God, non-dual thinking, the wisdom of the natural world, suffering, healing, emotional intelligence, and creativity. The Festival seeks to offer deeper insight into the Sacred Feminine in all of us.

TICKETS

SINGLE SESSION TICKET

$25
  • Admission to one Festival of Faiths session
  • Access to all Festival activities in lobby
  • General Admission Seating
  • **ON SALE MARCH 1

FESTIVAL WEEK PASS

$300
  • Access to all 2018 Festival of Faiths programming
  • Receptions before evening programs April 25 -28
  • Exclusive discounts at other local restaurants & events
  • General Admission Seating

Tickets are available through the
Kentucky Center for the Arts

501 W. Main St, Louisville, KY

Walk-up & Drive-thru Box Office

Phone #502.584.7777

Online | CLICK HERE

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5:30 – 7:00 pm | OPENING CEREMONY | Sacred Insight, Feminine Wisdom

The first night of the 23rd Annual Festival of Faiths is a joyful evening of music, song and soul at Louisville’s historic Cathedral of the Assumption.  A celebration of the diverse faiths within our community and the wisdom, humanity and beauty that unites them.

Cathedral of the Assumption 433 S. 5th Street | Free and open to the public – no ticket required

8:30 – 9:15 am | SPIRITUAL PRACTICE ON THE SACRED FEMININE | Buddhist

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

10:00 am – 12:00 pm | ONE, NOT TWO | Sacred Wholeness

From ancient times our faith traditions teach us that everything is inextricably united as a sacred whole. This eternal and perennial wisdom is hard to grasp by the human mind, which tends to see the world dualistically: right/wrong, male/female, sacred/profane. The contemplative, non-dual mind, however, can restore our understanding of the interdependence of all things. It holds paradox, and is unitive.

This session will explore how unifying and balancing the complementary feminine and masculine aspects of Divine Wisdom is essential to our approaching wholeness and the non-dual mind.

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street 

2:00 – 4:00 pm | CONFRONTING GENDERSeeing, Hearing, and Valuing the Feminine

We face many grave spiritual and cultural imbalances caused by our devaluing, oppression, and ignorance of the feminine. Discrimination, bias, and assault based on gender/identification is a global and systemic condition. Yet as evidenced by #metoo, #TimesUp, the women’s march, and prominent media stories from Hollywood to New York City, women’s voices are being heard around the globe, and with them, political will is building to confront gender bias.

Understanding, lifting up, and integrating the feminine may result in a new understanding and re-spiritualization of how we look at the world and ourselves. How can we more fully reconnect and restore feminine wisdom to our collective and cultural consciousness as a fundamental way to heal our wounds? How would the world look with a realignment of values, and the reinfusion of the feminine?

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

7:00 – 9:00 pm | FESTIVAL AFTER HOURS | Evening Program TBA

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

8:30 – 9:15 am | SPIRITUAL PRACTICE ON THE SACRED FEMININE | Christian

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

10:00 am – 12:00 pm | DARK NIGHTS OF THE SOUL

World religions teach us that suffering is part of the human condition. Our attempts to avoid suffering prevent us from experiencing essential insights and awareness that lead to spiritual healing and growth. Individually and collectively, we must step into the shadows, sit with our fears, and embrace vulnerability.

Spiritual teachings and practices help us transform the darkness into light, the fallow to the fertile, and awaken a deep level of awareness and accountability. Through these teachings, can we come to confront our shortcomings and broken behaviors? How can we face America’s most egregious acts, including genocide and slavery? How can feminine insight hold space for the darkness so that we can be transformed?

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street 

2:00 – 4:00 pm | CULTURE OF ADDICTION

We live in a culture of addiction. Many of us feel increasingly alienated and disconnected as we try to find meaning and fulfillment through the accumulation of “more.” This pursuit leads to further fracture, and the destructive cycle continues. We are addicted to our ego, money, power, drugs, and “stuff.” In a world that has evolved to feed and profit from human suffering, how do we break the cycle and find happiness, contentment, and peace?

In this session, healers will show how accessing feminine wisdom today can help us accept our deepest wounds, and provide insight and forgiveness that leads to healing. Additionally, speakers will help us understand our cultural addictions to materialism and success, and illuminate the spiritual and human costs associated with these systems.

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

7:00 – 9:00 pm | FESTIVAL AFTER HOURS | Evening Program TBA

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

8:30 – 9:15 am | SPIRITUAL PRACTICE ON THE SACRED FEMININE | Hindu

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

10:00 am – 12:00 pm | MOTHER | Earth

The Earth is our most profound teacher. Most spiritual traditions refer to the Earth in the feminine. She is the source of all life. Through her complex systems she models essential lessons such as interdependence, interconnection, mutuality, mystery, and wholeness. Her seasons are cycles of birth, death, and rebirth. Our relationship to the Earth is an access point for uncovering feminine wisdom and insight.

What we do to the Earth is a mirror of what we also do to the feminine aspects of ourselves. She has been objectified, dominated, tamed, brutalized, and neglected. This session will reveal how the wisdom of the natural world manifests itself, and how to use this wisdom as a teacher, guide, and healer to restore balance in our relationships with the Earth and each other.

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street 

2:00 – 4:00 pm | MODELING WHOLENESS | People, Place, and Planet

Mass displacement of people, violence, war, and natural disasters are symptoms of our current relationship to the Earth. When we respect and value the interconnections among people, place, and planet, we are honoring the inextricable sacred web of all things. We are also honoring feminine wisdom, and the understanding that sustainable solutions address people, place, and planet together as one, complex, sacred system.

This session will explore best practices, and holistic approaches, to restoring and renewing bonds between people and the places they live. It will emphasize the feminine principles of interconnection, community, and care as models of wholeness.

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

7:00 – 9:00 pm | FESTIVAL AFTER HOURS | Evening Program TBA

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

8:30 – 9:15 am | SPIRITUAL PRACTICE ON THE SACRED FEMININE | Sufi

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

10:00 am – 12:00 pm | UNDERSTANDING THE FEMININE ASPECTS OF THE DIVINE

How do we honor and integrate the feminine aspects of Divine Wisdom in ourselves? Hear from spiritual voices deeply rooted in their sacred traditions about how they cultivate feminine wisdom. The Sacred Feminine manifests itself in a variety of forms in the world’s great faith traditions, including Sakinah, Guanyin, Sophia, Shakti, Kali, The Great Spirit, Chochmah, Yin/Yang, and many others.

What do religious institutions have to say about a reinfusion of feminine narratives? Whose stories are we telling? What do the female saints of our traditions teach us?

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street 

2:00 – 4:00 pm | INTEGRATING THE FEMININE ASPECTS OF THE DIVINE

How can insight gained using feminine wisdom be incorporated into our lives? In the current socio-political climate, how can we shift the worldview to create a new narrative spiritually grounded, and based on a balance of the masculine and feminine? Speakers will explore practical approaches to restoring health and harmony in our modern society through the integration of feminine insight and wisdom.

This session will conclude with a short dialogue with the Festival of Faiths hosts, and special guests, to synthesize the week’s major themes.

Kentucky Center for the Arts 501 W. Main Street

MEET THE SPEAKERS

LYNNE
TWIST

Meet Lynne

SHARON
SALZBERG

Meet Sharon

RUBY
SALES

Meet Ruby

CEMALNUR
SARGUT

Meet Cemalnur

OMID
SAFI

Meet Omid

NAJAH
BAZZY

Meet Najah

MONICA
COLEMAN

Meet Monica

MARY
BERRY-SMITH

Meet Mary

ELIZABETH
MATTIS NAMGYEL

Meet Elizabeth

TSOKNYI
RINPOCHE

Meet Rinpoche
KENZAISNASNI

KENZA
ISNASNI

Meet Kenza
BRIANNAHARLAN

BRIANNA
HARLAN

Meet Brianna

CHRISTOPHER
PRAMUK

Meet Christopher

NAOMI
O’CONNELL

Meet Naomi

SAYED
ALI ABASS RAZAWI

Meet Sayed

LOCATION

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
501 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

Cathedral of the Assumption
433 S 5th St, Louisville, KY 40202

Learn more about Louisville!
Visit the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau site to plan your Festival of Faiths trip.

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FESTIVAL OF FAITHS

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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