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ROOTS & WINGS FESTIVAL BLOG


Roots & Wings is a unique theatre project integrating art, poetry, dance, music and performance as catalysts for restoration of self and community in West Louisville’s “Zones of Hope” neighborhoods. As innovation consultants for the 2015 Festival of Faiths, Roots & Wings has created a Festival blog to share their reactions, reflections, and inspirations from Sacred Journeys and the Legacy of Thomas Merton."
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WEDNESDAY


8:30AM - 9:15AM
SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Lectio Divina (Divine Reading)
Br. Paul Quenon

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10AM - 12PM
SACRED JOURNEYS
Merton and His Legacy
5 Stories & Panel

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2PM - 4PM
SACRED WORLD
The True Self
4 Speaker Panel

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7PM - 9PM
ART AND THE SACRED
Sacred Journeys through Music
curated by Teddy Abrams

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THURSDAY


8:30AM - 9:15AM
SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
The Jesus Prayer
Mary Minifie

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10AM - 12PM
SACRED JOURNEYS
East and West
5 Stories & Panel

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2PM - 4PM
SACRED WORLD
Contemplation and Action
4 Speaker Panel

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7PM - 9PM
ART AND THE SACRED
Merton and Songs of a Century
Dick Sisto & Ensemble

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FRIDAY


8:30AM - 9:15AM
SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Hindu Vedantic practice
Pravrajika Vrajaprana

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10AM - 12PM
SACRED JOURNEYS
Abrahamic Faiths
4 Stories & Panel

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2PM - 4PM
SACRED WORLD
Secular and Sacred
5 Speaker Panel

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7PM - 9PM
ART AND THE SACRED
Sacred Journeys through Spoken Word including Roots & Wings

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SATURDAY


8:30AM - 9:15AM
SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Buddhist Meditation
Gerardo Abboud

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10AM - 12PM
SACRED JOURNEYS
Discovering the Self in Sacred Journey with the Other
6 Speaker Panel

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2PM - 4PM
SACRED WORLD
Engaging the World with Compassion
Roshi Joan Halifax

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Interfaith Prayer Service

TUESDAY, MAY 12, 5:30 PM - The 2015 Festival of Faiths opening prayer service, 'SACRED JOURNEYS: OUR STORIES, TOGETHER' featured the sacred stories of faith traditions as told through music, dance, text and spokfen word. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder of the Chicago Theological Seminary offered her personal story.

Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. Fifth St, Louisville, KY 40202

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The Galt House is the 2015 Festival of Faiths partner hotel.
Galt House Hotel
140 North Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40202
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Actors Theatre of Louisville
316 W. Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
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2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Festival of Faiths - a five day festival of music, spoken word poetry, film, theatre, photography and dialogue with internationally renowned spiritual leaders, teachers and practitioners.

PREVIOUS FESTIVAL SPEAKERS INCLUDE: H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama - Gary Snyder - Huston Smith - Richard Rohr, O.F.M. - Wendell Berry - Karen Armstrong - Muhammad Ali - Robert Francis Kennedy, Jr. - Robert Thurman - Larry Rasmussen - Coleman Barks - Rabbi Arthur Green - Lord Robert Runcie - Matthieu Ricard - Bill McKibben - Deepak Chopra - Seyyed Hossein Nasr - William Vendley - Swami Chidananda - Rev. Heng Sure - Shaykh Hamza Yusuf - Chief Jake Swamp - Jill Bolte Taylor - Arun Gandhi - Chief Arvol Looking Horse - The Sakyong - Rabbi Arthur Waskow

PAST FESTIVALS: Visit www.centerforinterfaithrelations.org to learn more about the organization behind the Festival of Faiths and details about previous Festivals.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is arguably the most influential American Catholic author of the twentieth century. His autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, has sold over one million copies and has been translated into over fifteen languages. He wrote over sixty other books and hundreds of poems and articles on topics ranging from monastic spirituality to civil rights, nonviolence, and the nuclear arms race.

Thomas Merton was born in Prades, France. His New Zealand-born father, Owen Merton, and his American-born mother, Ruth Jenkins, were both artists. They had met at painting school in Paris, were married at St. Anne's Church, Soho, London and returned to the France where Thomas Merton was born on January 31st, 1915.

After a rambunctious youth and adolescence, Merton converted to Roman Catholicism whilst at Columbia University and on December 10th, 1941 he entered the Abbey of Gethsemani, a community of monks belonging to the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Trappists), the most ascetic Roman Catholic monastic order.

The twenty-seven years he spent in Gethsemani brought about profound changes in his self-understanding. This ongoing conversion impelled him into the political arena, where he became, according to Daniel Berrigan, the conscience of the peace movement of the 1960's. Referring to race and peace as the two most urgent issues of our time, Merton was a strong supporter of the nonviolent civil rights movement, which he called "certainly the greatest example of Christian faith in action in the social history of the United States." For his social activism Merton endured severe criticism, from Catholics and non-Catholics alike, who assailed his political writings as unbecoming of a monk.

During his last years, he became deeply interested in Asian religions, particularly Zen Buddhism, and in promoting East-West dialogue. After several meetings with Merton during the American monk's trip to the Far East in 1968, the Dalai Lama praised him as having a more profound understanding of Buddhism than any other Christian he had known. It was during this trip to a conference on East-West monastic dialogue that Merton died, in Bangkok on December 10, 1968, the victim of an accidental electrocution. The date marked the twenty-seventh anniversary of his entrance to Gethsemani.

A chronology of Merton's life can be found on the Merton Center's website.
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Thomas Merton's Final Lecture



This is a clip from Thomas Merton's final lecture, given in Bangkok, Thailand just one hour before he died. His subject was "Marxism & Monastic Perspectives."

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