Sunday, October 14, 2018 Veteranâ€™s Memorial Plaza 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Words of Welcome STATE OF INDIANA OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR State House, Second Floor Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Eric Holcomb Governor
Welcome, On behalf of the state of Indiana and Hoosiers of all faiths, I am pleased to welcome you to Indianapolis for the 2018 Indy Festival of Faiths. I congratulate the Center for Interfaith Cooperation on hosting this event yet again. Indiana is proud to be home to many religious institutions. People of all faiths in Indiana and across this country represent the very best of what it means to be faithful Americans. I have the sincere hope this event can continue that mission and further strengthen the bonds between Hoosiers of all faiths and the communities they serve. I send my best wishes for a successful and memorable Indy Festival of Faiths and wish you all the best in continuing to promote faith and friendship in our community.
October 14, 2018
Greetings! On behalf of the City of Indianapolis, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Fifth Annual Festival of Faiths. Since its founding in 2011, the Center for Interfaith Cooperation has worked to connect interfaith communities through volunteer service and civic engagement and pursue peace through increased understanding and cooperation. The Festival of Faith embodies these values, celebrating religious diversity and vitality through a number of indoor and outdoor activities throughout the day. With the theme “Compassion Through Action,” this year’s celebration will offer a diverse selection of activities, showcasing the spirit of Indianapolis and proves the power of individuals coming together to shape an even stronger future for their community, but also for themselves. I applaud the CIC and all involved in the planning of this festival for bringing people of all backgrounds together for a meaningful experience. As a city that welcomes all, we are honored to celebrate what makes us different while also acknowledging the many ways we are similar at our core. I hope you enjoy this year’s celebration—best wishes for an inspiring and joyful day.
Joe Hogsett Mayor City of Indianapolis
Center for Interfaith Cooperation welcomes you to the 2018 Indy Festival of Faiths! The Center for Interfaith Cooperation is located in Indianapolis. Our VISION is: A community that pursues peace through interfaith understanding and cooperation. Our MISSION is to strengthen community in Central Indiana and beyond by: Supporting existing connections between and among faith communities; Fostering additional interfaith opportunities through social, cultural, and educational interactions; and Connecting faith communities through volunteer service and civic engagement. Since the Center for Interfaith Cooperation formed six years ago, Indy Festival of Faiths has been one of our most important initiatives. It has grown to be the Midwest’s largest one-day celebration of religious diversity and vitality. The theme of the 2018 Indy Festival of Faiths is “Compassion Through Action!”
We would like to thank the Steering Committee of the 2018 Indy Festival of Faiths Muzaffar Ahmad – Chair Rebecca Holloway Cenk Kandemir María Pimentel-Gannon Thomas Puckett Bill Foley
Jane Gehlhausen Charlie Wiles John Clark Chirjeev Kaur Oberoi Brenda Turner Allen Jackson
Ben & Tristan Leslie Rev. Dolores Thornton Ray Mills Jim Maher Charlie Wiles Mastora Bakhiet
Joel Reichenbach Rev. Carolyn Hardville Sonal Sanghani Musa Burki Robin Shanks
Please join Center for Interfaith Cooperation in congratulating Imam Michael “Mikal” Saahir for being named 2019 Interfaith Ambassadors of the Year. Mikal is the Imam at Nur-Allah Islamic Center, a longstanding member of the Focolare Movement, and a 38-year veteran of the Indianapolis Fire Department. The Interfaith Ambassador award will be presented at the 5th Annual Interfaith Banquet this spring.
Exhibitor Booths Play/Explore/Create Food Porta-Potty (Additional restrooms can be found in the Indiana War Memorial)
2018 Indy Festival of Faiths Exhibitors Booth Number/Organization Name
11 40 65 34 33 27 Info 64 63 58-59 28 63 41 42 62 61 43 44 24 31 30 3-4 12 26 10 19 50 18 37 36 9 49
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Al Salam Foundation All Souls Unitarian Church Ball State University Center for Peace & Conflict Studies Brahma Kumaris - 7 Billion Acts of Goodness CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center Center for Interfaith Cooperation, Inc. Christian Feminism Today Christian Theological Seminary Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Compassionate Indy Dagom Geden Kunkyob Ling Darfur Women Network Earlham School of Religion/ Bethany Theological Seminary Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom Fairfield Friends Meeting First Congregational United Church of Christ Franklin College Office of Religious Life Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity Healing Friends Foundation Helpings of Hope, Inc. Hindu Temple of Central Indiana Hoosier Heartland Shambhala Meditation Group Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light Indiana Council on World Affairs, Inc. Indiana Donor Network Indiana Pagan Community Indiana Sisters Making a Difference Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreat Indianapolis First Friends Quaker Meeting Indianapolis Muslim Community Association Indianapolis Peace and Justice Center
20 Interfaith Coalition for Mental Health/NAMI 1 Islamic Society of Indiana 57 Islamic Society of North America 21 Jain Center of Center Indiana 5-8 Jewish Community of Greater of Indianapolis 17 Line+Form Atelier 56 Marian University 55 Masjid al-Mumineen 66 Muslim Alliance of Indiana 25 Nationalities Council of Indiana 2 Niagara Foundation 48 Nur Allah Islamic Center 23 OBAT Helpers 35 Providence Cristo Rey High School 22 Roberts Park United Methodist Church 45-46 Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis 15 Scaly Tailz 53-54 Sikh Satsang 51-52 SikhsPac 47 Soka Gakkai International USA 32 Spirit & Place 29 St. Lukeâ€™s United Methodist Church Spiritual Life Center 67 St. Mary of Magdala Catholic Community 13 The Church Within 14 The Dwelling Place 60 Vannaâ€™s Place Jewelry 16 Wisdom of the Vedas Food A Fast Taco B Soladine Concessions C Frigid Frog
Overview of Festival Activities
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Sacred Arts Stage
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FESTIVAL sponsors Thank you to our 2018 Interfaith Leadership Circle Members
Thank to our sponsors for making this celebration possible!
Don & Jen Knebel Uniqah & Muzaffar Ahmad The KP Singh Family Judge David Shaheed & Family Maria Pimentel-Gannon, N.I.S.E. & Organo Gold The Wiles Family
Nur-Allah Islamic Center
2018 CIC Board of Directors: Jane Gehlhausen, Board Chair Judge David Shaheed, Vice Chair Lindsey Mintz, Former Chair Kiahna Davis, Treasurer Rev. Bruce Gray, Secretary Don Knebel, Fiscal Chair Dr. Anita Joshi, Fiscal Vice Chair Ruth Ellen Homer, Program Chair Rev. Bruce Garrison, PR Chair Faryal Khatri, PR Vice Chair Muzaffar Ahmad Dr. Pierre Atlas Sally Bassett
Virgil Boyd Betty Brandt Rev. Freezell Brown Jim Cotterill Father Rick Ginther Rabbi Shelley Goldman Chirjeev Kaur Oberoi Uzma Kazmi Dr. Khadija Khaja Kevin E. Kimbrough Rabbi Brett Krichiver Dr. Robert Laghaie Wafaa Mamilli
Daniel Meyers Dr. Vimal Patel Maria Pimentel Gannon Sister Norma Rocklage Imam Michael “Mikal” Saahir Sonal Sanghani Aarti Shah Reverend Brian Shivers Ala’a Wafa Ashley Wagner Rabbi Lew Weiss Rev. Arionne Williams Pastor Anastassia Zinke
The official program for the 2018 Indianapolis Festival of Faiths