Established in 2007, the Festival of Faiths features dramatic events and nationally known speakers that expand interaction and appreciation for different worldviews and religious traditions practiced nationally and locally.
The festival has sponsored the The Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Jewish-Muslim Understanding; Jon Meacham, former editor of Newsweek; Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core; Bruce Feiler, journalist and author; and Coleman Barks, translator and performer of the poetry of Rumi. Other Festival activities have included panel discussions, art exhibits, and film features.
Annually the Festival advances the production of The Hindu and the Cowboy, a one-act, multi-cultural play inspired by stories collected in metropolitan Kansas City.
In addition, the Festival helps spotlight and promote other events of multi-faith interest throughout the community. As one of 20 communities featured in the Pluralism Project’s report on America’s interfaith infastructure, the area is rich in opportunities.
The festival specifically aims to expand the audience of those taking part in events related to differing worldviews. Based on annual surveys, one-third of its attendees are ‘first-timers’ to any interfaith activity.
Planned and executed by an all-volunteer committee, the festival relies heavily on collaborating partners who mutually support and enhance the mission.
The Festival was initiated with a seed grant gift from Village Presbyterian Church which acted as its fiscal sponsor for several years. The Festival partners with local 501 (c)(3) organizations whose purposes align with its mission, thereby continuing to make all contributions tax deductible.