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The 3rd Annual Festival of Faiths, the signature program of the interfaith group EquaSion, is going virtual to offer an 8-day program, August 23 through 30, filled with worship, music, spiritual meditations, brown bag and webinar events, and a panel discussion for youth.

The 2020 Festival of Faiths was expected to draw more than 3,000 participants to Xavier University’s Cintas Center, until the Festival’s leadership decided to cancel this year’s in-person event due to concerns surrounding the new coronavirus pandemic. Building on the momentum of our community’s interfaith collaboration and the “Turning to Faith” series, which attracted hundreds to online programs in April and May, the new program has been crafted for the unprecedented challenges we face.

“The city and the country are keenly aware of the divisions that persist in our society at a time when we must all remain socially distant to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, yet Cincinnati’s interfaith community representing 13 world religions continues to find ways to come together,” said Festival spokesperson Tamie Sullivan.

This year’s theme is “Compassion Through Action: 20/20 Vision for Hope, Healing and Justice,” and the activities being planned will again embrace the 30 faith communities and 13 world religions that have participated in previous festivals. Festival of Faiths Co-Chairs include Sandy Kaltman, Maria Munir, Bishop Marvin Thomas Sr. and Jaipal Singh.