Faces of Faith and Reconciliation was the theme of our 10th annual Festival of Faiths held in 2005. In partnership with the World Conference of Religions for Peace, we hosted a symposium entitled “One Earth, Many Faiths, Sharing Responsibility,” featuring guest speakers Wendell Berry, Kentucky author and environmental activist; Sister Paula Gonzalez, a biologist known as the “Solar Nun”; and Thomas Graham, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
As part of the Shewa Tour of Tibetan Peace and Healing, the Sera Jey Monks visited the festival and constructed a giant sand mandala. To close the festival, the mandala’s consecrated sand was then poured into the Ohio River. Former Mayor of Louisville introduced the community to our design concept for the George Garvin Brown Garden, located on Muhammad Ali Boulevard outside our office.
Smith, Peter. “Praying for Peace Amid Violence.” The Courier-Journal, 9 Nov. 2005, p. B1.
Smith, Peter. “Unity in Prayer.” The Courier-Journal, 10 Nov. 2005, p. B1.