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As we ramp up for Thanksgiving, engaged in the frenzy of planning a meal, inviting guests, or arranging our travel plans, it’s good to take a moment to reflect on the meaning of the holiday.
In my close-knit community, I get the chance to do that each year at an interfaith Thanksgiving service. Typically held on the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving, it’s a precious time to meet with friends and neighbors, renew old ties, and appreciate the blessings of the past year. I’ve been fortunate to attend more than 10 of these services and have seen how the clergy coalition in my town puts together a successful event.
Here are some key elements to include in an interfaith Thanksgiving service: