The 2024 Festival of Faiths begins Sunday, August 25

Who We Are

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 Greater Cincinnati and beyond.

EquaSion is a registered nonprofit in Ohio with a 501(c)(3) status.


Our Mission

Living our mission everyday through compassion and collective action, 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.

Our Vision

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

Our Beliefs

  • We believe the foundation of faith is compassion and that justice is central to all faiths.

  • We believe freedom guarantees expression of different viewpoints and requires a respect for diverse beliefs, perspectives, and cultural practices.

  • We believe that equality results when we treat everyone with respect and equity will be achieved when we acknowledge the root causes of unequal opportunities and take steps to ensure the fair distribution of resources.

  • We believe that inclusion and dialogue are essential for building community.

Our History

EquaSion is a new organization with a timeless legacy.

In January 2016, a diverse group of Cincinnati civic leaders came together out of concern for a socio-political environment characterized by inflammatory rhetoric, scapegoating, divisiveness and a dramatic spike in hate crimes against our religious and racial minorities. Operating solely as a volunteer-directed program under the name “Bridges of Faith Trialogue,” this fledgling group proceeded to sponsor a number of educational programs to counter Islamophobia, antisemitism and other forms of religious bigotry, and to promote acceptance and inclusion of all groups of good will.

The Trialogue’s basic mission and roots date back to the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ), Southern Ohio Regional office, established in 1944, and later known as BRIDGES for a Just Community.

In 2017, to continue its momentum and expand upon its human relations services to the community, the Trialogue became a chartered nonprofit in Ohio with 501(c)(3) status. A year and a half later, on September 8, 2019, it changed its name to “EquaSion” (Equality. Spirituality. Inclusion.) to better reflect its growing base of faith communities committed to positive change through collective action.