About us


formerly known as The Bridges of Faith Trialogue

The Cincinnati Festival of Faiths is organized by EquaSion.  EquaSion is a non-partisan civic organization founded upon interfaith dialogue that works to develop educational and community service programming to foster greater understanding, respect, compassion, inclusion and engagement for all people and faith communities in Cincinnati and beyond. Its programs and activities are informed by an ongoing conversation among Cincinnati civic leaders of diverse faith traditions. 

Vision: Everyone feels welcomed and included so they may enjoy our just and compassionate community.

Mission: Compassion through Action: Acting on our compassion, we engage people of all faiths to discover their shared humanity and spirituality, and to work together for an equitable and just community for everyone. 

EquaSion Board of Directors

 Umama Alam

 Jan Armstrong Cobb

 James P. Buchanan, Ph.D.

 Michael W. Hawkins, Esq., Treasurer

 Sandra P. Kaltman, Esq., Secretary

 Inayat K. Malik, M.D., Chair

 Raj M. Manglik, Ph.D.

 Evans Nwankwo

The annual Cincinnati Festival of Faiths showcases Cincinnati’s religious diversity, its contributions to our community’s quality of life, further developed our community’s exemplary interfaith relations and collaboration, and continues to build and enhance interfaith unity.

2020 FESTIVAL Co-ChAirs
Bishop Marvin Thomas Sr.
Sandy Kaltman

CME Church 

American Jewish Committee of Greater Cincinnati

Maria Munir
Jaipal Singh

Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati

Sikh Community 

Festival Steering Committee: 

Shakila Ahmad, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati

Umama Alam, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati

P.O. Louis Arnold, Cincinnati Police Department Faith Outreach Unit

Debbie Beck, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Bonnie Blankenship, Federal Reserve Bank

Rev. Paul Booth Jr., Legacy Pointe Church

Anna Brandt, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati

James Buchanan Ph.D., Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, Xavier University

MiMi Chamberlin, Churches Active in Northside (CAIN)

Jackie Congedo, Jewish Community Relations Council

Cynthia Cummins, Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, Xavier University

Teresa Davis, McNicholas High School, Religious Studies

Becca and Fred Desai, Zoroastrian Association of Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana

Rev. Alan Dicken, Carthage Christian Church

Sr. Karen Elliott, Mount St. Joseph University

Rev. Norma Lynn Felts, Brown Chapel AME Church

Lauren Frooman, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati

Marie Gemelli-Carroll, Starboard Strategies

Alicia Harris,  Jewish Community Relations Council

Chip Harrod, EquaSion

Michael Hawkins, EquaSion

Adam Hayden, Kids4Peace

Hayley Huge, Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center

Rev. John Ivey, Beulah Missionary Baptist Church

Miriam Jackobs, Women's Interfaith Network Northern Cincinnati Suburbs (WINCS)

Rabbi Meredith Kahan, K.K. Bene Israel / Rockdale Temple

Sandy Kaltman (Co-Chair), American Jewish Committee

Danya Karram, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati

Aasees Kaur,  Sikh community

Lama Khoury, EquaSion

Justin Kirschner, Jewish Community Relations Council

Priya Klocek, Consultant on the Go LLC

Ike Malik M.D., EquaSion

Nazly Mamedova, EquaSion

Karen Martin, Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati

Minda Matthews-Smith, Women's Interfaith Network Northern Cincinnati Suburbs (WINCS)

Alycia Mcclurg, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Mary Carol Melton, Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church

Rev. David Meredith, Clifton United Methodist Church

Sri Mirle Ph.D., Association for India's Development / Hindu Temple

Maria Munir (Co-Chair), Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati

Andrew Musgrave, Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Carlos Nazario, Buddhist Dharma Center of Cincinnati

Jheri Neri, Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition

Rev. Jim Newby, Cincinnati Friends Meeting

Penny Pensak, Jewish Community Relations Council

Rev. Rami Pouncey, Greater St. John AME Zion Church

Terrie Puckett, The Grail in the United States

Allison Reynolds-Berry, Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center

Lisa Rosner

Mary-Bob and Jack Rubenstein, EquaSion

Julie Ruter, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

Suzanne and Majid Samarghandi, Baha'i faith

Mary Beth Sandmann, McNicholas High School, Religious Studies

Zeinab and Rick Schwen, Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati

Jan and Bruce Seidel, EquaSion

Katie Shriver, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio

Rev. Connie Simon, First Unitarian Church

Jaipal Singh, Sikh Community

Rev. Melanie Slane, Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

Sharon Spiegel

Tony Stieritz, Catholic Charities Southwest Ohio

Joey Taylor, BeSpoken Live

Bishop Marvin Thomas Sr.

Deborah and Steve Vance, Baha'i Faith

Sarah Weiss, Holocaust and Humanity Center

Sam Wyatt, Philippus United Church of Christ

Rabbi Gary Zola, American Jewish Archives, Hebrew Union College

Rev. Henry Zorn, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection

Chip Harrod


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