For Immediate Release
March 12, 2020

After careful consideration, we have decided to postpone our 25th Anniversary Festival of Faiths in light of health concerns stemming from the COVID-19 virus. This decision was made after much reflection and was deemed necessary to protect the health and safety of our attendees of all ages, as well as speakers, staff, volunteers and the community at large. Given health officials’ increased calls for social distancing (reducing close contact), we believe that proceeding with the Festival April 21-25, 2020 would pose unnecessary risk.

Still, the 25th Anniversary Festival of Faiths is slated to be our biggest and most elaborate celebration to date, bringing guests from across the globe together in an intimate setting. Our team is working diligently to reschedule this year’s Festival and will release details as soon as possible. Pass-holders and ticket-holders will be contacted soon with information about refunds.

“We’ve made the decision to postpone until such time that a large number of attendees can safely and confidently gather in community and in celebration,” said Sarah Reed, managing director of the Center for Interfaith Relations (CIR), which hosts the annual Festival of Faiths. “This situation is a reminder of our interconnectedness and how cooperative action can make a real difference in the lives of those around us.”

Festival Chairman Owsley Brown III said: “Human connection has been at the heart of the Festival since its inception, and we look forward to convening the 25th Anniversary Festival of Faiths at a time when we can wholeheartedly be together. During this difficult time, we will remain committed to strengthening the role of faith in society through common action, understanding and compassion.”

“The decision to postpone reflects the Center for Interfaith Relations principle to be mindful of our actions, for what we do now forms and informs the future,” added CIR Board of Directors Chairman Turney P. Berry. “Festival of Faiths organizers are committed to using this moment to reflect on our shared responsibility in showing care and concern for the wellbeing of others.”

About the Festival: The Festival of Faiths strives 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.

Media Contact: Sarah Kelley | 502-544-0112 |