Local Congregations to Hold Thanksgiving Interfaith Gathering Tuesday

Ceremony will be focused on gratitude and hospitality


Locals of different faiths will be coming together for a Thanksgiving interfaith gathering centered on gratitude and hospitality at the Forked River Presbyterian Church on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

“This is the second interfaith initiative we’ve done this year,” Louise Ille of Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center said.

Congregations throughout Lacey and Ocean County gathered on Sept. 11 to remember all those who lost their lives to the terrorist attacks in an interfaith ceremony.

“Thanksgiving is another time when we could lay aside denominational and holiday differences and come together in thanksgiving and gratitude,” Rev. Linda Applegate of the Lacey United Methodist Church said.

Faith communities including the United Methodist Church, St. Pius the Tenth Church, the Christian Fellowship Church, B’nai Israel and the Islamic Center of Ocean County will be joining together in unity, she said. The focus of the ceremony will be gratitude and hospitality.

“I’m very excited about it,” Applegate said. “We’re just all coming together to finally build bridges between our communities.”

Joint choirs will perform songs and leadership from each congregation will speak on thanksgiving and gratitude.

Refreshments will also be served, Ille said.

charlotte November 22, 2011 at 12:58 AM
Great Story!
Frank November 22, 2011 at 02:38 AM
While bridges are "finally" being built I'm expecting the representative of the Islamic Center to explain why Christians were recently slaughtered in Egypt after the so-called "Arab Spring". In addition explain the reason for the last Christian Church was just demolished in Afghanistan as our soldiers are fighting and dying over there. And than there was the charred bodies of Christians over in Africa discovered recently. Yes, gotta love those one way bridges that are being built.
Larry November 23, 2011 at 12:49 AM
Now that the Christmas season is approaching... take notice on how .more and more town and city halls are completely leaving out the manger scene display on account of "offending" othere beliefs!!!! Yes, you will see the kwanza references, the ramadaan reference and the menorrah...... but where oh where is Jesus, Mary, and Joseph? Don't forget the majority of Americans are of the Christian faith. Merry Christmas!!


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