What could make five adults want to drive 1600 miles in a Toyota Avalon together? We were trekking to Louisville, KY, to be a part of the 21st Annual Festival of Faiths. The theme this year was Sacred Wisdom: Pathways to Nonviolence, and the speakers were pretty amazing. Each day included sessions on spiritual practice, sacred wisdom, pathways to nonviolence, and art and the sacred. There were speakers from around the world and close by, and their offerings wove the words of Thomas Merton throughout.
One of the highlights for the five of us was to meet Allan and Elna Boesak from South Africa. Allan is a liberation theologian and author who was prominent in the anti-apartheid struggle, and who was President of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches from 1982-1991. Elna is a professional reporter. They lived at Stony Point Center for a year in 1995 with their children, and we've invited them to come spend time with us again during their time here in the United States next winter or spring. Stay tuned.
The content of the week is far better than anything you could watch on TV this week. You can find it all here on the Youtube channel for the Festival of Faiths.