Louisville, KY (WHAS11) - Inside Louisville's historic Cathedral of the Assumption, there were powerful messages of this year's Festival of Faiths theme, "Sacred Insight, Feminine Wisdom."
"Our premise for this Festival of Faiths is once you do set out to listen, cultivate, and honor insight and wisdom through a feminine lens, you will find it everywhere and you will find it nourishing," explained Sarah Reed, the Managing Director of the Center for Interfaith Relations.
Tuesday's opening celebration begins a five-day display and creative expression of art, music, poetry, and dialogue. Christy Brown began the Faith of Festivals 23 years ago.
"My dream is still big and my hope is other cities around our country and around our world will decide that there is real value in learning about each other through our respected faiths," she told WHAS11.
Brown says this year's festival continues Louisville's work as a compassionate city through its interfaith relationships while also celebrating women's truth - what Brown calls the 'Sacred Feminine.'
Mayor Greg Fischer shared a message of compassion and unity. "To love, to live compassionately is a great strength and it makes us fully alive."
WHAS11 President and General Manager Linda Danna was the keynote speaker. She shared the feminine wisdom she got from her mother and urged others to share their own feminine wisdom.
"What a fantastic opportunity we have for the next few days to live with an open heart and an open mind. Let's take the time to look beyond the face and not box anyone in. See the beauty that's within. Celebrate our differences. Relish in our commonalities," Danna said.