November 22, 2006

Framingham’s Great Thanksgiving Tradition: Interfaith Service

I went to the Framingham Interfaith Thanksgiving service last night, and it really made me proud of this community. While the service was a wee bit too long (especially for those of us who needed to start cooking for the holiday meal afterwards!), it was so wonderful to see representatives of our diverse community get together to be thankful for our blessings, and to focus on the things we agree on instead of harping on the things we disagree on.

There were readings from the Muslim, Christian Science, Jewish, Christian and Baha'i faiths. Religious leaders talked about how members of their congregations are helping the greater community, through projects such as literacy tutoring in local schools and quilt-making for children going into foster care. Blessings were said in English, Portuguese and Hebrew. Songs/hymns were sung, including America the Beautiful. A collection was taken for the Newcomers and Neighbors Information Center. It was a lovely moment to reflect on lessons from the original Thanksgiving, which included people of different cultures getting together to be grateful for a season of plenty.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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