Grand Rapids celebrates 14th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving
Caroline MacGregor November 27, 2013 | WGVU "celebrating happiness"
For the 14th
year in a row, Grand Rapids residents representing different religions joined
hands to celebrate the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, “The Warmth of
Community.” Music, reflections, and sacred writings were shared while a
collection of winter clothing was presented to Child Protective services as a
gesture of giving back to the West Michigan community.
celebration was first organized by the Grand Rapids Area Center for Ecumenism, or GRACE, in 2000. Larry Barton, Chair
of the Planning Committee for this event, says the event became more
significant after 9/11 when religious understanding started to dominate the
with Hanukkah and Thanksgiving taking place together for the first time since
1888 and last time until possibly 80,000 years from now, it provides an
opportunity to include conversations about Hanukkah at the Thanksgiving dinner
President of Temple Emanuel’s congregation, Mitchell Kahn, talks about
the Jewish holiday.
not only do we have the right to practice our individual religions, but also the
privilege of celebrating them together in Grand Rapids’ interfaith
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