IPP Presents These Outstanding Annual Events
Plus dozens of additional special events and programs throughout the year
Including: Interfaith prayer services, concerts, meditation programs, art exhibits,
book discussion groups, peace walks, film screenings, theater presentations,
lectures, dinners, email updates on religious holidays and more.
IPP presents more interfaith programs each year than any other organization in the Midwest…and perhaps the US!
*Dates are for 2013 and change each year
New Year's Day Interfaith Prayer Service for World Peace
10 am, January 1
Hope & Healing Memorial Service
(for Lives Lost to Homicide & Suicide)
4 pm, March 10*
Janet Irwin "Creativity in Peacemaking" Celebration
3 pm, April 7*
LOCATION: St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2233 Woodbourne Avenue, Louisville, KY
2013 SPECIAL EVENT:
"Engaging Compassion" His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Louisville’s Tibetan Buddhist Center (the Drepung Gomang Institute) and the City of Louisville
will host His Holiness the Dalai Lama, May 19-21. (IPP is a sponsoring partner for the visit of
His Holiness to Louisville.)
For tickets and information visit www.dalailamalouisville.org.
Memorial Day Interfaith Service
11 am, Memorial Day—May 27*
Established in 1984, the annual Memorial Day Interfaith Service features representatives from
the world's great religions and includes prayers, music, dance, a candle lighting ceremony and
the traditional reading of the "Litany of Battles." This unique interfaith service honors the dead (civilian as well as military) in all wars that have involved the United States. A reception immediately follows.
LOCATION: Westwood Presbyterian Church, 4432 Greenwood Avenue, Louisville, KY
My Recipe for Peace
6:30 pm, June 27* (tentative)
This special fundraising dinner features outstanding community leaders sharing their personal “recipes” for how they go about peacemaking in their daily lives. The dinner comprises food prepared from culinary recipes provided by the evening’s presenters. Reservations are required.
LOCATION: To be determined
Iftar Dinner (Breaking of Daily Ramadan Fast)
July (exact date to be determined)
During Ramadan Muslims fast from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. Each day during
the month of Ramadan, when the sun goes down, Muslims conclude their daily fast with a
special meal. This “breaking of the fast” is called Iftar. IPP partners with the Louisville
Pakistani-American Community for this free dinner and program to break a daily fast.
Reservations are required.
LOCATION: To be determined
Hiroshima & Nagasaki Commemoration Events
These annual events commemorate the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The
events include: A Traditional Japanese Lantern Floating Ceremony at Cherokee Park, Tolling
of the Cathedral Bell and reading of Thomas Merton's "Original Child Bomb" at Christ Church Cathedral, and public reading of selections from John Hersey's Hiroshima at Thomas
LOCATION: Various locations as noted above
Mayor's International WorldFest Visit IPP's booth
Labor Day Weekend, 8/30-9/1*
WorldFest is the City's International Festival and hosts the largest gathering of local ethnic restaurants, vendors and exhibitors at any one event in the state of Kentucky. This event is an opportunity to become more familiar with the International Community while honoring the traditions of our past and future. For information about WorldFest visit www.louisvilleky.gov.
LOCATION: The Belvedere (Main Street), Louisville, KY
Dare to Care Hunger Walk
IPP is the major faith partner for The Hunger Walk, a 5K Walk and Run benefiting Dare to Care Food Bank and the World Food Program. Over 2,000 people "put hunger on the run" and make
a public commitment that everyone will have access to the food they need to be healthy. For Registration and more information about the Hunger Walk and Dare to Care visit www.daretocare.org.
LOCATION: Waterfront Park, Louisville, KY
Richard Hunt Smith National Peacemakers Day Celebration
6:30 pm, October 2—Gandhi's Birthday
IPP has created an annual dinner and presentation on this special date honoring the memory
of those throughout the U.S. who have devoted their lives to peacemaking. The date,
Oct. 2nd, is Gandhi's Birthday and is also recognized as International Day of Non-violence.
The event is free but reservations are required.
LOCATION: To be determined
Festival of Faiths Visit IPP's booth
The Festival of Faiths is an annual event that celebrates the religious diversity of our community, promotes unity, and strengthens the role of religion in society. Each year’s Festival brings thousands of people from different faith traditions together to discuss issues of importance,
and to engage in common action to promote the good of our community. For more information visit www.festivaloffaiths.org.
LOCATION: Various locations around Louisville
Bobby Ellis Candlelight Vigil and March Against Hunger
7 pm, Thanksgiving Eve—November 27*
This poignant candlelight vigil and walk honors the memory of 9-year-old Bobby Ellis who died
of hunger on Thanksgiving Eve in 1969 sparking the creation of Louisville's anti-hunger efforts, including the Annual Hunger Walk. On Thanksgiving Eve scores of participants gather at the Plymouth Community Renewal Center and walk by candle-light to the corner of Hodge and Eddy Alley (about one-half mile) to show their commitment to ending the scourge of hunger that plagues one child in four in the Louisville metropolitan area.
LOCATION: Plymouth Community Renewal Center, 1626 W. Chestnut, Louisville, KY