2017 Festival of Faiths
“Compassion Shining like the Sun”


The 22nd Annual Festival of Faiths explores cultivating compassion in our current economic systems, in world affairs and in ourselves. The Festival serves as a platform for conversations on meaning and offers itself as an honest broker and stakeholder in dialogue around authentic compassion.




I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all these people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. . .. 

This sense of liberation from an illusory difference was such a relief and such a joy to me that I almost laughed out loud. . . But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun. 

-Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander