Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community

A great partnership!

Aug. 29, 2015–Jan. 31, 2016

Each year, more than 330 million people around the world—from all walks of life—journey to a sacred place. Through awe-inspiring immersive environments created with photography from National Geographic, families will be able to observe, discuss, and begin to understand some of the sacred journeys made by people around the world, from personal acts of faith to pilgrimages. Sacred journeys will include the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Great Mosque in Mecca, the Ganges River in India, Bodh Gaya in India where Buddha is said to have achieved enlightenment, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, and more.

Artifacts from a variety of faith traditions will enrich the experience, including:

  • fragments of the Dead Sea scrolls
  • a replica of the Shroud of Turin
  • a throne made for the Dalai Lama
  • a piece of a Kiswah—the fabric that covers the Kaaba in the Great Mosque in Mecca
  • a pamphlet written by Martin Luther

Opening Weekend:  A celebration of faiths, cultures, and traditions

August 29: Be part of the opening of National Geographic Sacred Journeys at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.  See Tibetan Buddhist monks as they construct a peace sand mandala—an intricate painting with colored sands. Museum general admission required.

August 30: Take part in the third annual Indy Festival of Faiths at Veterans Memorial Plaza downtown from 1–5 p.m. The festival, which is free, celebrates Central Indiana’s diverse religious heritage and includes music, dialogue, wedding traditions, ethnic food, and more.

Says CIC Board member KP Singh:

This is  great news and a beautiful invitation announcing the collaboration between the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the Center for Interfaith Cooperation for two special events in the same week (August 29-30th):

We can imagine:

  • That this pilgrimage of spirit will be an amazing opportunity for families where visitors will be taken on cherished and undreamed-of sacred journeys without leaving town;
  • We welcome guests from faith communities, educators, and visitors from around the world to experience another dimension of awesome creativity, sacred icons and traditions that enrich and enlarge our understanding of the spiritual and cultural tapestry and treasures of humanity;
  • These events will open wider our new frontier of learning, sharing, and appreciation for our shared ideas and prayers as a human family, about faiths different from our own yet a part of the collective spiritual heritage of humanity.
  • That Indianapolis as a world-class welcome destination may earn another honor as a City that welcomes and advances an interfaith understanding, the all-important anchor to peace, goodwill, and spirit of friendship.

I am proud that  Sikh faith pilgrimage is a part of the Sacred Journeys Exhibit and the central Indiana Sikh community is a major part of Indy’s Festival of Faiths. I am grateful to Jeff Patchen, President and CEO, Jennifer Pace Robinson, Vice President, and Chris Carron, Director of Collections at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for this thoughtful honor. I extend congratulations and my personal gratitude to all who made these events possible. I hope that tens of thousands of Hoosiers and our friends in other states will benefit from this amazing experience and be a part of this beautiful pilgrimage to learn about ourselves and others who share this Planet with us.

With kind regards,

KP Singh
Indianapolis, Indiana USA

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