Organization: Cincinnati Festival of Faiths
About this event:
CINCINNATI, OH – The Greater Cincinnati interfaith community will once again unite
during the 5th annual Festival of Faiths—a week-long, hybrid celebration from July 31 -
August 7, 2022. More than 30 faith organizations representing 13 world religions will
participate in the week’s activities to bring meaningful, entertaining, and educational
programming to the public.
The festival is free, open to the public, and features faith-based conversations,
dialogues, workshops, meditations, and music programs. EquaSion, the hosting
organization, has assembled an outstanding committee working with sponsors and
faith-based groups from all over the region. This year’s festival co-chairs, Penny
Pensak, Afreen Asif, and Bishop Marvin Thomas Sr. lead a dedicated group composed
of members of diverse backgrounds.
Compassion Through Action: Working for the Common Good is The theme of the 5th
Annual Festival of Faiths is and the focus throughout the week is on community and
unity. The festival will culminate in an in person festival on August 7, at Xavier
University’s Cintas Center.
“The 2022 Festival of Faith's theme calls for all peoples to be intentional in putting love
into action not just for self but the whole of the human community,” Festival co-chair
Bishop Thomas said. “The theme calls us to replace words with deeds. We can build
the beloved community a lot easier through working and not just words. Compassion is
love in action.”
This year’s festival is being held in honor of the memory of past festival co-chair, Jaipal
Singh. Jaipal’s memory will live on through his extraordinary life and his outstanding
contributions to the interfaith relations in Cincinnati.
"Many in our Festival of Faiths community can speak in a spiritual voice, some can
speak in a visionary voice, and several can speak in a leadership voice,” Festival co-
chair Pensak said. “Jaipal Singh could speak in all three voices. When he spoke, we
took a deep breath. He centered us, encouraged us to look forwards, and always
reminded us we are stronger when we reach a consensus and work together. As we
plan this year’s Festival, we hear Jaipal’s measured, unique voice guiding us."
Public programming begins on Sunday, July 31, 2022, and runs through Sunday,
August 7, 2022. On August 7, thousands will gather at the Cintas Center and enjoy
cultural foods, merchandise, youth and adult activities, over 75 faith-based exhibitors,
cultural and ethnic music, and entertainment.
“Marie Curie said ‘Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the
time to understand more, so that we may fear less.’ The world is progressively getting
harder to navigate as time goes on, and the best way to deal with that is to seek to
understand the unknown,” Festival co-chair Asif said. “Equation’s Festival of Faiths,
provides a space for all of Cincinnati to come together to not only grow but to teach in a
safe and respectful environment where one’s uniqueness is accepted and celebrated.
Join us for an informative fun experience.
All events and programs are free and open to the public, but advanced registration is
required for the virtual events.