Posted On: 04-10-18

April 24-28 - 2018 Festival of Faiths

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 the divine, 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.

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.


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

Among the internationally renowned speakers and panelists at this year’s Festival are:

  • Diane Rehm, author and Peabody award-winning American public broadcaster
  • Ruby Sales, civil rights activist, preacher and founder of SpiritHouse Project working for racial justice
  • Cemalnur Sargut, renowned Sufi teacher and President of the Turkish Women’s Cultural Association
  • Becca Stevens, author, speaker, priest, social entrepreneur, and founder of Thistle Farms offering sanctuary for survivors of violence against women
  • Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, rabbi, author, and environmental activist
  • Tsoknyi Rinpoche, one of the most renowned teachers of Tibetan Buddhism in the West
  • Lynne Twist, Soul of Money Institute founder and co-founder of the Pachamama Alliance
  • Mary Berry Smith, founder of The Berry Center, in New Castle, Kentucky.
  • Christopher Pramuk, leading scholar on Thomas Merton, Sophia, race, faith, music and spirituality
  • Monica A. Coleman, Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions
  • Omid Safi, Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center and columnist for OnBeing with Krista Tippett
  • Sharon Salzberg, world-renowned teacher and New York Times best-selling author

More Information

The Center for Interfaith Relations is proud to partner with local faith communities and the American Red Cross to host a five-day community-wide blood drive during the 2018 Festival of Faiths. In Downtown Louisville, a multi-faith blood drive will be held at the KY Center for the Arts on Thursday 4/26. You can register for an appointment at using sponsor code FOF.