Calendar of Activities

Calendar of Festival Activities from August 23-30

“Compassion through Action: 20/20 Vision for Hope, Healing, and Justice”

**To attend an activity, you MUST REGISTER in advance. Thank you.**

 

Sunday, August 23rd
3:00-4:00 pm – Opening Interfaith Devotional Observance
This year our Festival of Faiths will once again officially open with a special virtual Interfaith Devotional Ceremony. You will not want to miss this unique and moving spiritual gathering wherein religious leaders from most of the world’s major religions come together in unity and in a genuine spirit of fellowship. The Interfaith Devotional Ceremony represents a beautiful mosaic of reverence composed of sacred readings drawn from a multitude of religious traditions that flourish here in greater Cincinnati, including the prayers of Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism. Our Interfaith Devotional concludes with the beautiful strains of Ruth Pelham’s moving song: “The Turning of the World.” This opening event is a transcendent experience you will not want to miss.
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4:00-5:00 pm – Faith Celebrations and Rituals (Hindu, Baha’i, Latter-day Saints, Zoroastrian)
Eight different religions will share one important celebration of their Faith in a brief audiovisual presentation. Enjoy a wonderful learning experience as each presenter introduces their segment and answers your questions. Please join us for different presentations on Sunday afternoon and Tuesday evening.
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Monday, August 24th
12:00-1:00 pm – The New Normal for Houses of Worship:  Human Touch and Children Ministries
Revisioning Worship for a New Reality: For most modern history, when we think of worship, we think of a destination. We go to a church, synagogue, temple, mosque, or some physical structure. For many of us, this is currently not possible. What is the new destination? Has remote worship allowed us to view religion as a different type of journey? What new journey is your faith community taking?

It takes a village…. One generation is always maintaining, growing, and nurturing their faith community until the next generation can take over. How are we ministering, nurturing, and preparing our children to live their faith in the time of Covid-19? How are we responding to the anxiety, fear and uncertainty that children are experiencing? What is the gift that clergy and faith leaders offer in times like these?
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7:00 -7:45 pm – Spiritual Meditations (Quaker, Baha’i, African Methodist Episcopal)
From 16th century Jewish musical meditation to Buddhist “taking the one seat in the center of life”, our virtual Festival meditations invite you to learn about and view meditation as practiced by 12 different faith communities. African Methodist Episcopal, Baha’i, Catholic, Hindu, Mormon, Muslim, Native American, Presbyterian, Quaker, and Sikh faiths are also featured in our four 7pm programs. You will view three different practices each night. Many have been recorded in the faith community’s worship space.
Learn more about each tradition’s interpretation of its practice of meditation.
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Tuesday, August 25th
12:00- 1:00 pm – Compassionate Conversations:  Sharing Stories of Healing
“The truth is, in order to heal we need to tell our stories and have them witnessed… the story itself becomes a vessel that holds us up, that sustains, that allows us to order our jumbled experiences into meaning.” – Sue Monk Kidd

What does it mean to HEAL? Can healing happen without a cure? What does confession and letting go have to do with healing?

We’re hosting Compassionate Conversations twice during the week of the Festival of Faiths to explore these questions, across religious lines, through personal stories and encounter. We’ll invite folks to “share” lunch time, “bring” a friend, and drop in to see what happens. One might even discover that as one begins to heal themselves, they can begin to participate in healing our world.
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7:00 – 7:45 pm – Spiritual Meditations (Sikhism, Christian Contemplative, Judaism)
From 16th century Jewish musical meditation to Buddhist “taking the one seat in the center of life”, our virtual Festival meditations invite you to learn about and view

meditation as practiced by 12 different faith communities. You will view three different practices each night. Many have been recorded in the faith community’s worship space.
Register Now (for this evening’s practices)

 

7:45 – 8:45 pm – Faith Celebrations and Rituals (Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Episcopal/Anglican)
Eight different religions will share one important Celebration of their Faith in a brief audiovisual presentation. Enjoy a wonderful learning experience as each presenter introduces their segment and answers your questions. Please join us for different presentations on Sunday afternoon and Tuesday evening.
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Wednesday, August 26th
12:00 – 1:00 pm – The New Normal for Houses of Worship:  Rituals and Hospitality
What makes us different? Faith communities are not membership organizations like the local Rotary Club. Faith Communities, by definition, connect us to the Sacred. Each community has unique sacred rituals that serve as a type of gateway between creation and the creator. Few if any of these holy rituals are Zoom adaptable. How is your faith community struggling with keeping rituals meaningful during these difficult days?

Re-thinking Human Connection During a Pandemic. We are created to live in relationship with one another. Hugs and handshakes, the passing of the peace sign, sharing of a meal, and a warm embrace are integral parts of who we are as a people of faith. How are we finding new ways to define human touch? Does this give us new ways to think about personal, professional, and social boundaries?
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5:00 – 6:30 pm   – Beloved Community Youth Present “Living My Religion” (Dr. Masroor and Umama Alam, Sponsor)
The Beloved Youth Community of the Festival of Faiths will present their individual religions as it impacts them in their everyday lives. These teens have gathered together since 2019 and virtually throughout the 2020 Spring and Fal,l getting to know one another and finding connection.
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7:00 – 7:45 pm  – Spiritual Meditations (Islam, Presbyterian, Native American)
From 16th century Jewish musical meditation to Buddhist “taking the one seat in the center of life”, our virtual Festival meditations invite you to learn about and view meditation as practiced by 12 different faith communities. You will view three different practices each night. Many have been recorded in the faith community’s worship space.
Register Now (for this evening’s practices)

 

Thursday, August 27th
12:00 – 1:00 pm – Compassionate Conversations:  Sharing Stories of Healing
“The truth is, in order to heal we need to tell our stories and have them witnessed… the story itself becomes a vessel that holds us up, that sustains, that allows us to order our jumbled experiences into meaning.” – Sue Monk Kidd

What does it mean to HEAL? Can healing happen without a cure? What does confession and letting go have to do with healing?

We’re hosting Compassionate Conversations twice during the week of the Festival of Faiths to explore these questions, across religious lines, through personal stories and encounter. We’ll invite folks to “share” lunch time, “bring” a friend, and drop in to see what happens. One might even discover that as one begins to heal themselves, they can begin to participate in healing our world.
Register Now

 

7:00 – 8:15 pm   – “Faithful Citizenship: Fulfilling our Essential Civic Duties” (Adath Israel Congregation, Sponsor)
Election 2020 during a pandemic, yes, you read correctly! Join us for an evening of conversation as our civically active interfaith community leaders, in partnership with the League of Women Voters, bring you an informative and meaningful webinar on the topic of “faithful citizenship.” We will explore eight diverse religious traditions and why their faith implores them towards civic engagement, while also diving into the most important things you’ll need to know to be safe and ready to vote in the November election. Come ready to see why the faith community is taking action in these unprecedented times and what you can do, safely, to be part of the change and activate your civic duties.
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Friday, August 28th
7:00 – 7:45 pm – Spiritual Meditations (Buddhism, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hindu)
From 16th century Jewish musical meditation to Buddhist “taking the one seat in the center of life,” our virtual Festival meditations invite you to learn about and view meditation as practiced by 12 different faith communities. You will view three different practices each night. Many have been recorded in the faith community’ worship space.
Register Now

 

Sunday, August 30th
10:30 – 11:15 am – “Linking us Together” Children’s art project (Dr. Myles and Penny Pensak, Sponsor)
Local artist and veteran of the Festival, Lizzy Duquette, will instruct children in doing a fun art project using materials from the home featuring the theme of our human family
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4:45 – 5:15 pm    – “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” – An Interfaith Celebration in Music, Song and Dance
What better way to experience the joy of the 2020 Festival of Faiths than by uniting in uplifting music? Join us for PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART! An Interfaith Celebration in Music, Song and Dance. The presentation includes an interfaith choir singing two songs, classical Indian dance, praise music from the Cameroon and a performance by Native Americans

5:15 – 5:25 pm    – Closing Interfaith Devotional Observance
The Festival will come to a close with an inclusive interfaith expression of solidarity around the Festival theme of “Compassion through Action: 20/20 Vision for Hope, Healing and Justice.” Join the Festival Co-Chairs in unity and prayer as they offer personal reflections on the Festival and their hopes going forward.

Register Now (for the Observance and the Musical Celebration)