The Center for Interfaith Relations (CIR) is proud to announce that one of the organization’s founders and longtime supporters, Christina Lee Brown, will deliver a keynote address at the Religions for Peace (RFP) 9th World Assembly, which will take place November 20-22 in Vienna, Austria.
Every 5-6 years, RFP convenes a World Assembly of senior-most religious leaders for the purpose of forging a deep moral consensus on contemporary challenges, electing a new World Council, and advancing multi-religious action across and beyond the RFP network. This year’s event will convene over 600 senior religious leaders from around the world who are strategically positioned to advance multi-religious action for the common good. It will also include representatives of governments, intergovernmental organizations, charitable foundations, and other civil society sectors and provide concrete opportunities to forge multi-stakeholder partnerships for the common good. Major successes in the advancement of peace, development, and security will be responsibly shared and further honored.he Center for Interfaith Relations (CIR) is proud to announce that one of the organization’s founders and longtime supporters, Christina Lee Brown, will deliver a keynote address at the Religions for Peace (RFP) 9th World Assembly, which will take place November 20-22 in Vienna, Austria.
At the World Assembly, Brown, who serves on the Interfaith Council of Trustees for Religions for Peace, will deliver a passionate plea to religious leaders to teach their followers about the sacredness of our air, water, and soil and the responsibility of people of faith to reverence all life – both human and earthly. This responsibility is affirmed by all world religions but has gone unheeded in the developed countries in the age created by the Industrial Revolution. The speech will promote the Sustainability Revolution, to usher in a new age, with a new paradigm of values and practices. To assist religious leaders in their teaching, Brown will give them a “tool kit,” containing articles, poems, extracts from prominent climate change studies, and a bibliography of books, articles, websites, movies and documentaries.
Christina Brown, along with her late husband, Owsley Brown II, was a charter member of the International Trustees of Religions for Peace. Christina and Owsley helped to inaugurate, grow, and sustain the Council of Trustees who work with the Religions for Peace World Council and share in its mission.
“Their work with Religions for Peace is testimony to their strong interest in and gratitude for religious diversity, an interest that is reflected in their leadership roles in promoting interfaith activities locally, nationally, and globally,” said Center for Interfaith Relations Executive Director Kathleen Lyons.
For the past 17 years, Brown has played an instrumental role in presenting the annual Festival of Faiths, sponsored by the Center for Interfaith Relations in Louisville, Kentucky. She is one of the founding members of the Center for Interfaith Relations and serves on the Center’s Board of Directors. Through Brown’s work and the work of the event’s many other coordinators, the Festival of Faiths has drawn thousands of attendees over the years and presented engaging keynote speakers including the Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Robert Kennedy, Fr. Richard Rohr and many more.
Now, in its 18th year, the Festival of Faiths continues to celebrate Louisville’s diverse faith traditions and present calls to action on various social justice issues. This past May, the Center for Interfaith Relations hosted a special Festival of Faiths in the days leading up to the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Louisville and the Dalai Lama’s “Engaging Compassion” programs. The theme for the 2013 Festival is Sacred Silence: Pathway to Compassion. In the spirit of this theme, the Center for Interfaith Relations will host the Festival of Faiths Fall Forums November 14 and 15. The event will lift up supporters of causes that influence the well-being of our community and our world. The Festival of Faiths Fall Forums is presented in partnership with the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s Edwards-Presler Lectures on Peace, Justice and Mission and Bellarmine University’s Campus Ministry program.
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