Indianapolis’ Inaugural Festival of Faiths
Celebrating the Unique Contributions of Faith Communities to the Civic Fabric
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Indiana War Memorial and Veterans Memorial Plaza on Michigan St. between Pennsylvania and N. Meridian
Free and Open to the Public: All are Welcome!
On Sunday October 13, 2013 we will come together for the Inaugural Festival of Faiths in downtown Indianapolis to learn about our religious heritage, share the joy of our many unique faith traditions, and celebrate the many contributions of people of faith to the community and the world through beautiful sacred arts and effective social service.
Central Indiana has a long history of honoring our religious diversity. In a world where religious differences too often separate people and communities, many Hoosiers have learned to work together to understand and respect our growing multi-faith society. Join us and learn about your Hoosier neighbors and the faith traditions they love. Take in the rich diversity of sacred arts, enjoy the food of many cultures, interact with stimulating exhibits and faith representatives, and participate in thoughtful and engaging forums.
On Veterans Memorial Plaza:
Outdoor Main Stage: Sacred Arts: Booths and vendors will help us to better understand and appreciate our neighbors from different religious traditions.
Grand Opening Ceremony at 1 pm
Scared performances from Gospel, Native American, Sikh, Hindu Yakshagana, Jewish Klezmer, Middle Eastern, Contemporary Christian, Qawali (Punjab), and Buddhist traditions., with interpretation of the religious significance of each.
Tables with information and interaction with faith groups.
Vendors for food and crafts representing rich religious and cultural traditions.
Activities for youth and families such as making flags with messages of peace and understanding, walking a labyrinth, and participating in yoga for all ages and experience levels.
Inside the War Memorial:
Exhibits that highlight our strong ecumenical and interfaith efforts that strengthen our community and bring us together to confront common concerns. You will learn how you can get involved in programs that fight hunger, improve the environment, help the homeless and reduce the growing scourge of violence.
Interfaith Forums in the main indoor auditorium will feature:
A presentation about many of the world’s religions,
A documentary about the history of interfaith prayers in Indianapolis,
An honest dialogue among community leaders about the role of religion in an increasingly multi-faith world,
Interfaith prayers for the safety and well-being of our city.
Contemplative room with positive messages for continued understanding and peace. Visitors will be invited to reflect and contribute their own messages for a better future – together in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world.