Indy Festival of Faiths to celebrate religious diversity

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The Fishers Multi-Faith Community for Compassion is participating in the 2019 Indy Festival of Faiths from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza, 55 E. Michigan St. The Center for Interfaith Cooperation organizes the event, which is the Midwest’s largest one-day celebration of religious diversity and vitality. The theme is “Embracing Religious Diversity.”

“It’s an annual event that has been happening for about six years now,” said Muzaffar Ahmad, president and founder of Fishers Multi-Faith Community for Compassion. “The purpose of the concept is to invite people from different faith groups and allow people to see religious diversity and promote interfaith cooperation.”

The event will include kids’ activities, a drum circle, a procession of faiths, social awareness table conversations, a performance stage, art exhibits, spoken words arts, an Indy author fair, tours of the Indiana War Memorial and global food trucks.

“We’ll have a table set up for our organization,” Ahmad said. “We’ll be on-hand to offer information about what we’re doing and to inspire others to do the same in their communities.”

The table will include followers of different faiths sharing items specific to their religion and a world map showing all the ethnicities from around the world who live in Fishers.

The group formed in 2018 and is working to celebrate religious diversity within Fishers.

“We want everyone in to know how welcome they are here in Fishers,” said Lynn Jackson, FMCC member. “Our work together in the community thus far has been projects like sharing dinner with the homeless. Fishers is an open, inclusive community, welcoming all with love.”

Admission is free but tickets are required. To register visit festivaloffaiths.com/.

For more information on FMCC, visit facebook.com/multifaithfishers.


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