Interfaith Paths to Peace (IPP) and the Center for Interfaith Relations (CIR) have joined together to launch “Louisville Prays.” This multifaith prayer initiative was conceived as our city awaited a decision in the case of Breonna Taylor — and it will continue in the days and weeks ahead. In the midst of our communal brokenness and with our diverse experiences and perspectives, we are inviting you to participate and hold our city in prayer, presence and love.

The series commenced with an Interfaith Prayer Gathering at the Big Four Bridge Lawn at Waterfront Park. Click here to see more photos from the moving multifaith event.

Candles will be a guiding symbol for all Louisville Prays events, with the flame representing our common humanity and the different candles signifying our unique expressions of its light.

Louisville Prays events and news:


Starting Wednesday, Sept. 23, and going through the election season, we are asking Louisvillians to light a candle at 8 p.m. nightly: Light a candle in your front yard or at a street corner in your neighborhood (or even place a flameless candle in your window) as a sign of love and a symbol of healing presence in our city.


If you would like a “Louisville Prays” yard sign please send an email to

If you know of other opportunities for prayer being held and would like to promote, please email Jud Hendrix.

Thoughts on Louisville Prays:

“There is much work to do in paving the way for peace and unity in our city, but we believe that a communal and multifaith offering of prayers for healing and loving presence will help lay the foundation as we journey together into that hope,” says Jud Hendrix, executive director of IPP. “We need strength for the days ahead, and through these vigils, we invite all to hold our city in light, love and presence.”

“As a city, we must all pray for insight and strength in these difficult times, connecting with our neighbors as we navigate turmoil that, at its core, is a crisis of spirit,” adds Sarah Riggs Reed, managing director of CIR. “Together, we must work toward reckoning and ultimately reconciliation. I will pray for this.”

About Interfaith Paths to Peace: IPP is a grassroots community peace organization, established in 1996. The Louisville nonprofit serves the community with a mission of promoting interfaith and intercultural understanding through programming and events.

About the Center for Interfaith Relations: CIR celebrates the timeless wisdom contained in the diversity of the world’s faith traditions, honoring the union between thinking globally and acting locally. The center hosts the annual “Festival of Faiths,” a nationally acclaimed interfaith event featuring internationally renowned spiritual leaders, thinkers and practitioners.