12th Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration

11/17/2016 7:00 PM

12th Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration

12th Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration
Hosted by Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration
Supported by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community-GA Chapter
This Thanksgiving why not enjoy the inspiration of a gathering where 100s of your neighbors bring their throughts, prayers, music and humor to express solidarity through our multiple faiths for the cause of true peace in our world.
We'd love to have you join us in person - there will be a reception to follow, you can also watch online with a live webcast.
Comment: An uplifting and moving service. Great food from many cultures after service. Chance to meet our neighbors.

Presidential Alternative Comes from the Religious Community 
    Diverse Group of Religious Faiths Unite to Celebrate Ecumenical Thanksgiving

This year, being an election year, there are many opposing thoughts and beliefs on what is best for the country and our communities. However, this Thanksgiving season a group of religious faiths are looking to unite people and bring peace into their hearts. 

The 12th annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration, an event put together by a variety of religious groups in the Marietta and Roswell areas, is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 17th in Marietta at 7 p.m.

“This year's event will focus on the welcoming spirit of the United States and will feature many stories about making positive changes in the lives of others,” said Bassem Fakhoury from the Roswell Community Masjid. “I think it’s a very timely and apt subject in light of the negative political rhetoric associated with the election cycle.”

The community is invited to attend this unique opportunity in joining 17 different local churches and other faith-based congregations in a celebration of life and unity. Come to learn about the various religions and find things in common with others. 

“For me, meaningful interfaith partnership begins by learning about other faiths,” said Reverend Jeff Jones, a minister at the Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation. “It is out of our not knowing that people sometimes respond out of fear. And so by learning about other faiths, each of us becomes an ambassador of interfaith work and ministry in the community.”

The program will be filled with music, humor and reflections offered by some of the faiths. This will be followed by some reflections given by inspirational speakers representing Baha’i, Christianity, Earthkeepers (First Nation), Islam and Judaism.

“We are happy to open our doors to the community,” said Hal Schlenger, the event chairperson. “One of the good examples of Coexisting and learning is that you will hear the beautiful Islamic call of prayer sung from a Jewish synagogue’s pulpit. While we each pray a little differently, the purpose is the same.”

The Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration is an uplifting and often humorous program where those in attendance can also participate and be a part of something positive. During the reception after the program, there is a Wall of Words where anyone can write their thoughts, comments or feedback on a wall and share what moves them.

The theme this year is “The Ripple Effect: Together we create waves.”

“We hope the take away from this year’s program is being the change you want to see,” Schlenger said. “So as a community we can do that. The change we want is to see that our religious differences are relatively minor compared to the commonality we all share. This program becomes an opportunity for you to meet people of other faiths and realize they are pretty much the same as you are.”

Participating religions in this year’s Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration:

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Baha'i Faith of Marietta

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Earthkeepers, First Nation

East Cobb Islamic Center

East Cobb United Methodist Church

Emerson Universalist Unitarian

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

House of Hope

Masjid Al-Muminum

Roswell Community Masjid

Sikh Educational Welfare Association

Saint Catherine's Episcopal Church

Saint Benedict's Episcopal Church

Temple Kol Emeth

Transfiguration Catholic Church

Unity North Atlanta


Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Time: 7 PM - 9 PM
Venue: Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Rd NE, Marietta, GA 30062
Contact: 770-973-3533

12th Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Celebration

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