34th Annual Houston Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Theme: "Care for Creation"
This event is free and open to all, there is no registration
Leaders and members of nine different faiths across the city offer prayers of thanksgiving and read sacred texts on thankfulness. A reception follows the program.
The service started 34years ago in response to the bombing of a storefront mosque. After helping to raise money to support the mosque's repairs, the Annual Thanksgiving Service co-founders George Atkinson and Garland Pohl wanted to find a way for different faith organizations to come together, as thanksgiving is a common value shared by all the major world religions. Initially, participants represented Judaism, Islam and Christianity, but within three years, Buddhists, Sikhs, Zoroastrians, Baha’i, Hindus and Jains joined the service. The creation of the event is a milestone in the development of interfaith dialogue in Houston.
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