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11/24/10

interfaith thanksgiving service: unity is alive and well

The Fourth Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service presented by the Pikes Peak Inter-religious Clergy Alliance was held and hosted by Unity Church in the Rockies on Sunday November 20, 2010 in Colorado Springs, Colorado USA.

Stain glass at front of Unity Church alter

I was there among people of many faiths, cultures and lifestyles who gathered together in a small church on top of a hill in gratitude for the religious diversity of our city and the hope that diversity provides. To give thanks for our blessings and to share hope for a peaceful world. There was an air of warmth and acceptance throughout the program of which eight different faiths and churches shared their thoughts and beliefs on hope.


Lawrence Palmer of Unity Church, attending couple, Allison Hill representing the Baha'i Faith

Churches and Faiths represented:

The host church: Unity Church in the Rockies (Christianity)




Temple Shalom (Judaism)

Baha'i Faith (Baha'i)

First Congregational Church (Christianity)
 

Two interfaith charity organizations were featured:

Assists homeless families in the region.

Helping neighbors in need.

The Pikes Peak Peace and Justice Commission was also mentioned as a great resource in our community.

After the one hour program everyone gathered for a wonderful potluck feast and conversation.

It was announced that in February there will be a third "Evening in Jerusalem" meeting to be held at Colorado College.  The purpose of the "Evening in Jerusalem" series is to provide a safe, social environment for Jews, Christians, Muslims and people of other faith traditions to meet, make friends and develop interfaith service projects. For more information use the link above to The Pikes Peak Peace and Justice Commission.

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