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Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Date and Time:

Monday, November 25, 2013
7:00 PM


  • Temple Emanuel, 1715 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


This year's interfaith service will be on Monday, November 25, and themed "The Warmth of Community."

Instead of a monetary donation, we are donating clothes to Child Protective Services, who need helping keeping their community of children warm this winter. We ask that you bring children-sized hats, scarves, socks, and underwear so this organization can continue to support children in the Grand Rapids area.

This event is organized by a committee of representatives that are Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, secular, and other inclusive religious communities.The committee is chaired by Larry Barton of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Contact for questions or more information:
Katie Gordon
Program Manager at Kaufman Interfaith Institute
Phone: 616-331-5702

A little history on the event:

The Grand Rapids Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration has been celebrated annually since the year 2000. The event features participation from a wide variety of Christian denominations and representatives of Native American, Jewish, Muslim, Baha'i, Buddhist, Hindu, secular, and inclusive religious communities. We come together to give thanks for the blessings we have received. Prayers, music, sacred writings, reflections and meditation will be woven together with a common theme of gratitude from many traditions.

The human desire to express gratitude is felt among all religious traditions and in secular society. How people express thanksgiving takes many different shapes and styles. The Grand Rapids Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration is an opportunity for people of diverse traditions to listen, to share, and to better understand one another. No one is asked to compromise their beliefs, just to come together and share their stories, their cultures, and their gratitude.


Katie Gordon

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