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Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Celebrates Diversity

People of varying faiths discuss caring for the poor.

South Brunswick Clergy Association
South Brunswick Clergy Association

The South Brunswick Clergy Association (SBCA) was delighted to welcome about 100 friends and neighbors at the First Presbyterian Church in Dayton on Nov. 24 to celebrate the annual tradition of an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.  

This year the program was entitled “The Sacred Privilege to Care: Reflections on Poverty and Plenty.”  

The evening included prayers of thanksgiving from the Abrahamic faith traditions, as well as mandates to care for the poor from the Hebrew Scriptures, the Qu’ran and the New Testament.  

Music was provided from the Sons of Tikvah from Congregation B’nai Tikvah as well as from the students from the Noor-Ul-Iman School.

Stories were shared about people living poverty today in America, many of whom struggle to eke out a living while dealing with poor health.  

LouAnne Wolf from the South Brunswick Social Services Department also shared the stark reality of the increase of need over the past year due to the reduction of unemployment and food stamp benefits. A collection of food for the South Brunswick Food Pantry was taken.  

In addition, an offering was taken to support a scholarship offered by the SBCA to a South Brunswick High School senior who demonstrates a keen awareness of how their faith helps them connect in a diverse and multicultural world.

--South Brunswick Clergy Association

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