Interfaith Network service tonight

For more than two decades, local people of all faiths have gathered to share in a Thanksgiving service. That tradition continues tonight at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1022 Grand Ave.

“Some people who don’t belong to a church just come because it’s a Thanksgiving service,” said Wendy Weinberg, an organizer of the event.

The service of prayers, songs and dancing offered by various religious and ethnic groups is organized by Grand Valley Interfaith Network, a collaboration of local churches and nonprofit organizations.

Everyone is invited to attend, and people are asked to bring a donation of canned food.

Monetary donations from the service will aid the nonprofit group, The House, a shelter for teenagers. Tonight’s event does not include a meal.

The program will include blessings offered by Christians, Muslims, Jews, and Sikhs, as well as Spanish and Sufi prayers.

“The first Thanksgiving brought people of very diverse backgrounds together and that’s what we are trying to do with this service,” Bev Goodrich, president of the Grand Valley Interfaith Network, said in a news release.


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