Celebration will highlight upcoming Festival of Faiths

Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk and author who fostered interfaith relations, will be celebrated on Jan. 30 at an event to promote the upcoming Festival of Faiths. (Record File Photo)

Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk and author who fostered interfaith relations, will be celebrated on Jan. 30 at an event to promote the upcoming Festival of Faiths. (Record File Photo)

The Center for Interfaith Relations will announce plans for this year’s Festival of Faiths during a celebration at 10 a.m. on Jan. 30 at the Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway.

The celebration, “Kentucky Voices Exploring Sacred Wisdom and Pathways to Non-Violence,” will also mark the 101st birthday of Trappist Thomas Merton.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will open the program and four other Kentuckians will discuss how “their faith informs and sustains the work to which they are called,” an announcement from the Center for Interfaith Relations said.

The speakers, who will give TED-talk style presentations, are: U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth; Christina Lee Brown, founder of the center; Sadiqa Reynolds, president of the Urban League of Louisville; and Rabbi Nadia Siritsky, vice president of mission for KentuckyOne.

The event will also include a panel discussion, bluegrass music and poetry.

The speakers for the 2016 Festival of Faiths, set for May 17 to 21, also will be announced at the event. The theme will be “Sacred Wisdom: Pathways to Nonviolence.”

One-week passes to the festival will be sold during the event for half price.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, register at festivaloffaiths.org. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

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