In 2017, our 22nd annual Festival of Faiths focussed on a topic at the heart of our mission and a value that’s a priority in the city we call home: compassion. The festival, entitled “Compassion Shining Like the Sun,” kicked off with a conversation about compassionate cities.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer talked with Joan Brown Campbell and Karen Armstrong, authors of the Charter for Compassion, along with mayors of several U.S. cities, tackling the topic of what compassionate governance can accomplish. Armstrong also joined Ambassador Matthew Barzun (United Kingdom) and Dr. William Vendley, Secretary General of the World Conference of Religions for Peace, to discuss compassion as the primary motivator for global exchange.

Journalist Ann Curry participated in the opening service, as did Louisville-based musical group Linkin’ Bridge. Curry, who is known for work in war-torn countries, also served as the festival’s keynote speaker.