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Festival Passes will be available for pick up at The Kentucky Center Box Office starting April 22. Individual sessions will be available to purchase starting March 25.

To purchase multiple events, please complete a web order for each event, or you can visit or contact The Kentucky Center Box Office @  (502) 584-7777 to purchase in a single order.

Be aware that Kentucky Center renovations could impact your ability to move quickly through the lobby before the performance. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to ensure ample time to get to your seat.

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  • Festival of Faiths Pass on Thursday, April 25, 2019 @ 8:30 AM, The Kentucky Center
  • Connection and Disconnection on Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 2:00 PM, Bomhard Theater
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  • After Hours: J. Hoard on Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 7:00 PM, Bomhard Theater
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  • Buddhist Spiritual Practice on Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 8:30 AM, Bomhard Theater
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  • Wonder & Awe on Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 10:00 AM, Bomhard Theater
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  • Visions of Health and Harmony on Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 2:00 PM, Bomhard Theater
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  • Location:  The Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St - GET DIRECTIONS
  • Date(s):  Thursday, April 25th - Saturday, April 27th 
  • Ages:  All ages
  • Price:  Festival Pass $325 | Single Sessions $25 | Spiritual Practices free (tickets required, limit two per person)
  • Running Time:  Varies by session
  • Access Services: Accessible Seating, Assistive Listening System | 502-566-5111 (V) or 502-566-5140 (TTY)?
    • Wheelchair Accessible
    • Hearing

SCENE at the Center, our small plates eatery, offers bar and food service. During the Festival of Faiths SCENE will be open for lunch from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

Show Details

2019 Festival of Faiths
Sacred Cosmos – Faith & Science


The 24th Annual Festival of FaithsSacred Cosmos: Faith and Science, is a multi-day, multi-faith nationally acclaimed celebration of music, poetry, art, film, and dialogue with spiritual leaders, practitioners, and teachers.

The 2019 festival explores the wisdom and knowledge present at the intersection of faith and science. Speakers and artists examine the ancient and modern questions at the heart of human existence, investigate the space where reason and revelation co-exist, and engage with contemporary topics of concern through the teachings and practices of our enduring faith traditions.

Festival Pass Includes:
- Access to every session of the 2019 Festival of Faiths, April 25 – 27 
- Option to register for pre-festival workshops held on Wednesday, April 24
- Receptions before “After Hours” programs on Thursday and Friday - in the North Lobby
- General Admission seating

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

5:45 PM | Opening Interfaith Celebration
Kentucky Science Center | 727 W Main St - GET DIRECTIONS


THURSDAY, APRIL 25

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM | Christian Spiritual Practice with Cynthia Bourgeault
 Contemplation as Luminous Seeing

Participants will work with Centering Prayer, approached through the angle of how it prepares the way for contemplation as it was originally understood, as “luminous seeing” or “seeing with the eye of the heart.” We will explore how the simple gesture of letting go (of all thinking, observing, noticing during the time of prayer) paves the way to those two foundational prerequisites of nondual seeing: objectless awareness and attention of the heart.

Cynthia Bourgeault will be joined by Quaker chant writer Paulette Meier to lead us into the actual experience of this deeper contemplative heart seeing.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Valuing Faith and Science: The Climate Crisis
Ken Kimmell, Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, and Mary Evelyn Tucker

This opening session of the 2019 festival investigates the space where scientific understanding and spiritual wisdom meet to inspire a global response to one of our world’s most urgent crises. What can we learn from faith and science about right relationship with our Mother Earth? Thought leaders share current global warming science and insights on generating the necessary human response.  

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Insights on Interbeing
Cynthia Bourgeault, Woman Stands Shining, and Gerardo Abboud

What is the nature of ‘being’? What is our relationship to each other, the planet, and the cosmos? This wisdom session engages the questions at the heart of human existence by drawing from the ancient mystical traditions of our faith traditions.  How does one relate to the coexistence of the material world and the immaterial worlds?  How does human consciousness or awareness contribute to co-creation and cause and effect?

5:00 PM | Journey of the Universe Screening
Kentucky Science Center | 727 W Main St - GET DIRECTIONS

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | After Hours: The Roots of Connectedness 
curated by Jesse Wright, UofL Depression Center; and Ben Sollee, cellist, composer, and activist

A dialogue between musicians and scientists on the power of devotional music to create a sense of connectedness in a world struggling with loneliness. The program will feature musical performances with commentary and feedback from neuroscientists, psychiatrists, and other experts in the fields of health and physiology.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM | Qigong Mind Body Spirit Exercise and Healing Practice with Master Mingtong Gu 
Awaken: Life Energy Within You to Embody Health and Consciousness

Master Mingtong will teach and guide the ancient Chinese practice of sound healing to fully awaken your energy center and emotional body. This advanced practice will transform your emotions and energy patterns to help you enhance the connectedness of your mind-body-spirit.  

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Models of Regeneration: Examples of Healing and Resilience in Our World 
Toby Herzlich, Cliff Saron, Katie Jones, and Alice Chen

What can we learn as a society from what faith and science have revealed to us about the natural world?  In pursuit of humans becoming part of a regenerative process, this session offers examples of how we can literally and figuratively change our minds and our communities, and the models in nature and elsewhere that are inviting the possibility of a new consciousness. 

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Connection and Disconnection 
Vivek Murthy, Jesse Wright, Woman Stands Shining, and Naweed Syed

Health practitioners will look at modern social conditions that isolate us, and/or connect us, and how they impact mental and physical health. Speakers unpack modern advancements in the pharmaceutical industry, technology, and entertainment, and their impact on human connection, relationship, and well-being. How does this manifest in our culture? Is there a correlation to the loneliness epidemic and the opioid crisis affecting our country today? This session will explore health from the three perspectives of mind, body and spirit.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM | QIGONG Exercise with Master Mingtong Gu  
Belvedere

Join Master Mingtong Gu for a 60-minute Qigong exercise to align your mind-body-spirit through gentle movements and meditation.

5:00 PM | Journey of the Universe Screening
Kentucky Science Center | 727 W Main St - GET DIRECTIONS


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | After Hours: National Sawdust presents J. Hoard with special guest Teddy Abrams
Inspired by Gospel Roots – Music from the perspective of Race, Gender and Faith 
 
Harmonious Family: Bloodline Is Music, Guideline Is Love

This festival after hours program promotes the idea of world as family — with music as the bloodline, love as the guideline — honoring history and promoting faith in action (the women's rights movement, the civil rights movement, the LGBTQ rights movement).

Through an opening performance by Ron'ette Ariga (contemporary Christian/former Fisk Jubilee soprano) combined with abbreviated versions of J. Hoard’s two MAGA suites (The People's Perspective and Future Is Female), there will be no question of the power of music and its ability to provide both sonic and emotional/spiritual harmony.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM | Buddhist Spiritual Practice with Richard Davidson

Cultivating Wellbeing in our daily lives as practiced personally by renowned neuroscientist Richard Davidson.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Wonder & Awe: Conversations on Cosmology and Worldview
Carolyn Finney, Woman Stands Shining, Mary Evelyn Tucker, and Naweed Syed

How do we know what we know? How do worldview and language affect our human experience and our relationships? How do the material world and the immaterial world inform our existence? These profound questions will be addressed through the lens of faith and science and offer suggestions on how to cultivate both reason and revelation in pursuit of wisdom and purpose.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Visions of Health and Harmony: How Humans Can Flourish
Richard Davidson, Lisa Miller, Bob Boisture, and more

The final session of the 2019 Festival of Faiths will focus on powerful models that integrate science and faith to inform human behavior and nurture greater meaning, connection, and purpose for all ages. Speakers will share how we can each develop personal practices that cultivate health and resilience for everyone. Individual health and cultural transformation will be explored.

4:30 PM | Closing Interfaith Celebration
Belvedere

5:00 PM | Journey of the Universe Screening
Kentucky Science Center | 727 W Main St - GET DIRECTIONS

8:00 PM | Journey of the Universe Screening
Kentucky Science Center | 727 W Main St - GET DIRECTIONS