Grand Rapids Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration

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.

Before becoming a city-wide event, Interfaith Thanksgiving Services in Grand Rapids were held between Marywood Dominican Sisters, Congregation Ahavas Israel, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox and Third Reformed Church beginning in 1987. That tradition became our Grand Rapids Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration in 2000 when the number of churches and faith traditions participating was greatly expanded.

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.

The 2016 Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration will be held at Central Reformed Church on Monday, November 21 at 7:00 pm. Hospitality and refreshments to follow. Everyone is welcome! Please share our invitation with others!

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