This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Festival of Faiths, the culminating achievement of the Center for Interfaith Relations. The theme for the 2010, Sacred Soil: Foundation of Life, continues the series on the fundamental elements of life, begun last year with Sacred Water: Sustaining Life. Through the exploration of sacred soil with the context of their own beliefs and values, each of the religions casts light on the meaning of the sacredness of earth. In doing so, each of the religions demonstrates its own uniqueness in radiating holiness, making it abundantly apparent that holiness is ubiquitous and cannot be confined within the limits of any one person or religious tradition.

In “Becoming Native to This Place,” author Wes Jackson proclaims, “All we have to do is provide the context for the community to happen and live in ways that will keep it healthy. From there on, much good will naturally occur.”

Founder of the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, Wes Jackson will be one of the many celebrated speakers at the historic Henry Clay Building during the 15th annual Festival of Faiths. The Festival of Faiths brings together people from our community and across the world for discussion, celebration and worship centered on one theme. This year’s theme, Sacred Soil: Foundation of Life, will focus on the role the earth and its soil plays within each faith’s history, theology, rituals, music and missions. The Festival will include workshops, lectures, films and over 60 exhibitors from communities of faith, individuals, nonprofits, corporations and academic institutions.


  • Dr. Matthew Sleeth

  • Patrick Holden

  • Wendell Berry

  • Dr. Larry Rasmussen

  • Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish

  • Aimee Zaring

  • Reinhold Niebuhr

  • Rev. Diane Walker

  • Will Allen
  • Mark Williams

  • The Circle of Indigenous Spirit Women

  • Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

  • Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

  • Nancy Sleeth

  • Julia Burnett

  • Harry Pickens

  • Dr. Matthew Sleeth

  • Dr. Roger S. Gottlieb

  • Mitch Hescox

  • Wes Jackson

  • Ben Evans

  • Jud Hendrix

  • Michael Rotundi


Sacred Soil: A Ground Breaking Effort

A short video of the Festival of Faiths first community garden. Get your Hand Dirty! This garden is located at LAMP Ministries (26th & Jefferson, Louisville, KY)