The Festival of Faiths continues through Saturday in Louisville. Spiritual leaders and other participants from around the world are taking part in discussions and other events that focus, this year, on addressing the plague of violence.

One of the speakers is Louisville resident Dr. Alvin Herring. He travels the world helping faith-based communities organize efforts to eliminate racial disparities and promote equity.

Herring is deputy director of faith and formation at the PICO National Network. I spoke to him about his work and his participation in the festival.

Listen to our conversation in the audio player above.

On the growth of the Black Lives Matter Movement:

“Their effort, I believe, having worked closely with many of the young people involved in the movement, is to try to create a diverse movement of people from all walks of life who care about social justice, who care about racial justice, who care about ending profiling by the police, police brutality, violence in the neighborhoods in general, and care about wanting to have a voice and wanting to have a say in how this community is run and how this country is run.”

On the mission of the PICO National Network:

“The PICO National Network — and PICO stands for ‘people improving communities through organizing’ —  is a nationwide effort of people of faith from around the country who are working to create change both nationally and locally as it relates to creating opportunities for folks, everyday folks, who really want a stake in the affairs of their communities and in directing the affairs of their lives and taking care of their families.”

More information about the 2016 Festival of Faiths can be found here.

Rick Howlett is WFPL's Broadcast Editor and also produces feature and general assignment radio stories.