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The third annual Festival of Faiths, the signature program of the interfaith group EquaSion, is going virtual to offer an eight-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.

Bishop Marvin Thomas. Photo provided 

“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,” said Tamie Sullivan, festival spokesperson  

Festival of Faiths co-chairs are Sandy Kaltman, Maria Munir, Bishop Marvin Thomas Sr. and Jaipal Singh. 

Jaipal Singh. Photo provided

“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 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.

Maria Munir. Photo provided

For the Cincinnati Festival of Faiths schedule, visit FESTIVAL OF FAITHS/CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES at  

EquaSion is a nonpartisan civic association whose mission is to promote compassion through action:  Acting on our compassion, we engage people of all faiths to discover their shared humanity and spirituality, and to work together for an equitable and just community for all.  Its signature program is the Cincinnati Festival of Faiths.

Sandy Kaltman. Photo provided

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