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COMMUNITY-WIDE INTERFAITH 
THANKSGIVING SERVICE

SAVE THE DATE for the 2023 Service 
Tuesday, November 21, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Trinity Presbyterian Church. 

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Moving Beyond Myth:
A Justice-Centered Thanksgiving Service
Tuesday, November 22 | 7 to 9 PM  | (Prelude to begin at 6:45 PM)
 

One of the highlights of the year -- the annual community-wide interfaith Thanksgiving service was hosted this year by the Rev. Dr. Dwayne Walker and the congregation of Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church in Uptown Charlotte.

 

The 2022 Community-Wide Interfaith Thanksgiving Service included Indigenous Carolina Catawba, Lumbee, and Tuscarora artists and activists in crafting a service that incorporated their traditional and current practices to address the mythmaking around the traditional Thanksgiving story, offered a truer and more complete story, and suggested actions toward justice that attendees and MeckMIN can take. While deeply rooted in Indigenous history and traditions, the service was accessible to people of all faiths.

 

For 47 years we have gathered on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to celebrate the rich and growing diversity of our community. We hope that those that attended left feeling more connected to and better able to love their neighbors.

Last Year's Theme:
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In the year 1975, Rev. Dr. Sidney Freeman, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte and Rabbi Harold Krantzler of Temple Beth El came together to begin a tradition that embodied the beautiful tapestry of Charlotte's diverse religious community.  A Unitarian Universalist and a Reform Jew put aside their religious differences and envisioned a Community-Wide Interfaith Thanksgiving Service that would encourage our neighbors to practice gratitude in ways that would unite and transform our community. Today, we celebrate and honor Rev. Dr. Sidney Freeman and Rabbi Harold Krantzler for their ability to see beyond the lines that too often create division within the human family. We continue to build upon their legacy by welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds as we come together in gratitude to celebrate diversity and pray for unity. Each year this service is held in a different house of worship, and faith leaders across the community are invited to participate.  Attendance at this service has reached as many as 1,500. Canned goods are collected for Loaves & Fishes; financial donations are shared by Crisis Assistance Ministries and MeckMIN. ​We hope you will celebrate this very special evening with us. 

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