Thanksgiving Day Interfaith Gathering: A DAY OF GRATITUDE - Nov 26, 9am
WITH SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR FAMILY PROMISE OF GREATER CONCORD
Members of the public are invited to attend an interfaith gathering sponsored by the Greater Concord Interfaith Council. The Interfaith Thanksgiving Gathering: A DAY OF GRATITUDE will be held on Thanksgiving Morning, Nov. 27 at 9am, Concordia Lutheran Church, 211 N Main Street, Concord, NH (between Kimball Jenkins Estate and Franklin Pierce Manse)
This service is a time for greater Concord to come together and give thanks. At only an hour long, it is a great way to start Thanksgiving and still cook your Thanksgiving meal! All are welcomed here. A sign language interpreter is available for the hearing impaired. The north church entrance is wheelchair accessible.
The Thanksgiving Message will be given by the Reverend David Denis of United Baptist Church here in Concord. Traditionally, a new clergy member to our community is asked to give this annual talk, and UBC is a new member of the Interfaith Council. Other presenters include clergy and lay members from our local Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Catholic, Episcopal, Buddhist, Mormon, Quaker, Methodist, Lutheran, Church of Christ and Baha’i congregations. All of these religions and more are represented on the Greater Concord Interfaith Council.
A collection will be taken to benefit Family Promise of Greater Concord New Hampshire, which is a nonprofit organization committed to helping low-income families achieve lasting independence. Founded in 2011 by The Greater Concord Interfaith Council, our Interfaith Hospitality Network of congregations and volunteers meet homeless families’ immediate needs for shelter, meals, and comprehensive support services in a non-sectarian program.
Did you know that as of 2015 the Greater Concord Interfaith Council has hosted Concord's annual Holocaust Remembrance Week for 30 years?
This photo is of the Rev. Rosanne Roberts of Wesley United Methodist Church reading the names of victims of the holocaust in April outside of South Church.
Events also included a book display at Gibson's, a service at Temple Beth Jacob and a screening of the film "Europa, Europa" at Red River Theatre followed by a question and answer session with a trained Holocaust educator. Rabbi Robin Nafshi of Concord's Temple Beth Jacob said in a co-authored an op-ed in the Concord Monitor: "This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, symbolic of the end of the European Holocaust. The political philosopher Hannah Arendt said concerning the Nazi genocide of Jews, that human history 'has known no story more difficult to tell.' With the passing of 70 years, fewer and fewer survivors remain; as they die, they take with them the stories that only they can tell."
The Greater Concord Interfaith Council promotes understanding, peace, and respect. We affirm that what unites us is greater than what divides us. We work to create a respectful environment in which earnest people can explore our religious diversity through common worship, mutual education and community outreach.
On September 21, 1949, several area churches met to form a group whose purpose would be to further ecumenical religious life in the Concord area. On February 24, 1950, by-laws were adopted for the Greater Concord Council of Churches. The original membership was comprised of Protestant and Catholic Churches.
In the mid 1980's the constitution was revised to become the Greater Concord Interfaith Council and membership was extended to the Jewish Synagogue, Bahai Faith, Concord Friends Meeting, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Unitarian Universalist Church, and other religious bodies interested in furthering our mission.
Photo Credit: Tony Schinella