Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community

Indy celebrates 3rd Festival of Faiths


Jane A. Gehlhausen is the Event Chair for the Indy Festival of Faiths, and Vice Chair of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Jane A. Gehlhausen is the Event Chair for the Indy Festival of Faiths, and Vice Chair of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Indy Festival of Faiths, presented by the Center for Interfaith Cooperation, will bring an experience that will be dynamic, engaging and memorable long after the event. This free and family friendly community event is an excellent opportunity for people to come together to learn, share and celebrate our city’s rich religious and cultural diversity. This year the festival will feature exhibits by more than 100 faith communities, energetic music and dance on the Sacred Arts stage, interesting and informative displays, ethnic food, a hands-on creative zone, a quiet zone, and a variety of youth activities. New features this year:

  • Wedding Theme: For our third festival, we have introduced the theme of faith traditions in wedding ceremonies. Weddings are universal among all cultures. All faith traditions have particular rituals as part of their ceremonies. Bring your curiosity and be prepared to discover the history and background of these important traditions.
  • Sacred Arts Stage: Perhaps our most popular attraction, many of the favorite acts are returning including the Bongo Boy opening the event. This year we are bringing a progressive Christian ensemble featuring international acclaimed singer Anita Lerche and the St. Rita’s Catholic Gospel Choir. We also have professional performances from Kim Belew highlighting Christian Hip-Hop and Najam Sheraz signing beautiful songs inspired by Islam. Come enjoy an eclectic variety of more than one dozen performances which include Sikh, Jewish Klezmer, Christian, Mormon, Mexican Folk Dance, Gospel, Punjabi, and Buddhist.
  • Dialogues: We have two dynamic dialogue groups for folks who want to engage in meaningful conversations about faith. Desmond Tutu Center has teamed up with CIC offering an insightful workshop for Young Adults called “I AM CHANGE” and a dialogue lead by Indy faith and community leaders called “Table Conversations” where they will discuss current issues on race, faith discrimination and more.
  • Collaboration with The Children’s Museum: The Festival of Faiths is proud to announce a new collaboration this year with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The Museum will launch an exhibit August 29 – January 31 titled “National Geographic Sacred Journeys.” For more information visit the

This beautiful day of celebration will showcase the diversity of our city in one of the best and most holy ways. It is a day that epitomizes what we want Indy to be and what today Indy is. I am so proud to be part of an event where our community can come together, to learn and to respect our differences, yet celebrate our commonality in our shared humanity. I invite you to share the day with us and experience the rich tapestry of our city.

About the Fest: A free and family friendly community event, Festival of Faiths is presented by the Center for Interfaith Cooperation. It will be held on August 30th, 2015 from 1-5 pm (rain or shine) at the corner of Michigan and Meridian Streets in Downtown Indianapolis. More information available at




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