Multiple faiths gather to give thanks

Some 150 people of different religious backgrounds joined together for the 2013 Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service this morning.

The service, a local tradition dating back to 1969, included participants from Peakland Baptist Church, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Aqudath Sholom Synagogue, The World Community, Centenary United Methodist Church, First Christian Church and First Unitarian Church.

This year’s event was held at Peakland Baptist, whose sanctuary was designed to resemble Noah’s Ark.

Organizers said this annual holiday gathering is an opportunity to give thanks, and to celebrate their shared values and beliefs as people of faith.

"Religion is too often used as a divisive bludgeon to separate people when it should be something that unites us and brings us together for a common purpose," said the Rev. Dennis Roberts of Holy Trinity.

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