Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Celebrates 140th Anniversary

Denver, CO – Thanksgiving Day 2016 marks the 140th anniversary of Denver Metro’s Interfaith Thanksgiving Service which will be celebrated this year at Central Christian Church located at 3690 Cherry Creek South Drive in Denver on November 24 beginning at 10:00am.

About the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Central Christian Church organized Denver’s first “Community Thanksgiving Service” in the year 1876. It was held in Central’s first facility at 17th and California Streets. It was this partnership that grew into the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service known today.

In the early years, it was shared largely between Christian and Jewish congregations, though the record shows that participants from the Buddhist Temple became involved in the early 1900’s.

Over the years, the service added new participants so that today it represents more than a dozen different faith communities. The service rotates to various locations each year and draws over 700 people. The Interfaith service lasts about an hour and will be followed by a cookies and punch reception.

The presenters represent Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and other religious traditions.

  • Rabbi Evette Lutman- B’nai Havurah
  • Rev. Canaan Harris, Senior Pastor- Central Christian Church
  • David Mumby, Deacon – Christ the King Catholic Church
  • Rev. Mike Morran – First Unitarian Society of Denver
  • Rev. Jeannie Shero, Senior Minister – First Universalist
  • Eric McEuen, Music Director- Metropolitan Community Church of the Rockies
  • Rev. Sheri Fry, Associate Pastor – Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church
  • Ismail Akbulut – Multicultural Mosaic Foundation
  • Rabbi Brian Immerman and Elizabeth Sacks, Cantor -Temple Emanuel
  • Tawana Davis, Elder – Shorter Community African Methodist Episcopal
  • Rev. Diana Thompson, Kaikyoshi Minister – Tri-State Buddhist Temple
  • Rev. Dr. Valerie Jackson, Senior Pastor – University Park Methodist Church

Media is welcomed at the service and reception.


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