Interfaith Thanksgiving services have long been a staple of the interfaith movement in the United States. Every year, around the Thanksgiving holiday people of different traditions gather to give thanks together. Below is just a sampling of the hundreds of events happening across the United States.
- On November 26, thousands will go down to the shores of the Missouri River to pray and meditate on the front lines of the North Dakota Pipeline at Standing Rock. URI Cooperation Circle UNIFY is coordinating and live streaming the meditation and invites all URI members to join either in person or online. Click HERE to register and here to learn more about the meditation.
It is easy to be grateful when things are going your way. It is a true sign of nobility to be grateful in hard times, when things are not going your way. A spirit of thanksgiving is the consciousness that we always need to be in regardless of what happens at Standing Rock. – Chief Phil Lane Jr.
- Interfaith Power and Light have Thanksgiving preparation suggestions to help you cut down on food waste this holiday!
- The San Francisco Interfaith Council will hosted their annual interfaith Thanksgiving service on November 24 from 10 – 11 am at San Francisco Swedenborgian Church, 2107 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94115. More information here.
- The Marin Interfaith Council will co-sponsor a Thanksgiving service with the Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy. Participants are asked to bring clean sleeping bags, blankets, rain gear and socks for our friends on the street. The service took place on Wednesday, November 23 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1510 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael.
- The Interfaith of San Ramon Valley held their annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, with the theme of “Embracing Hope – Living Beyond Fear”, on Wednesday, November 23 at 7 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. Interfaith of San Ramon Valley is a member of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.
- Multi-faith ACTION Coalition held their 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Celebration and Service on Sunday, November 20 at 4 p.m. at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette. Leaders from many faith organizations guided mediations and a celebration of gratitude. Multi-faith ACTION Coalition is a member of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.
- The Community Church of Vero Beach hosted an “Interfaith Prayer Service” on November 21. Swami Anjani Jaya Hanuman, a member of the Kashi Cooperation Circle, will read “Buddha’s Discourse on Good Will” from the Sutta Nipata, and SatiMayee Jaya and Dharmaki will sing the beautifully devotional Hindi chant “Twameva.” Then, on November 22, St. Sebastian Catholic Church hosted a “A Service of Thanksgiving.” Swami will read “A Sufi Prayer for Peace”, while Satimayee and Dharmaki will sing “Twameva.”
- URI of Northeast Tennessee hosted an interfaith Thanksgiving service and collected donations to go to Second Harvest Food Bank.
- Rothko Chapel hosted their annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Thursday, November 17 with the theme of “Building Relationships,” which was inspired by Mayor Sylvester Turner. She said, “In this city, we do not build walls, we build relationships. We recognize that our diversity is our strength.” The chapel opened early at 6:15 p.m. for participants to engage in personal reflection, prayer, and preparation for the exploration of unique traditions at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome. A reception followed the program.