News from Thanks-Giving Square and The Thanks-Giving Foundation  |   May 2017

The National Day of Prayer calls all faith groups together to celebrate common ground and share prayers for our nation. This year's event explored the role of prayer in the 21st Century and showcased prayer practices from diverse faith traditions within our community. It  was celebrated with heart, reflections, and gratitude. The multi-faith audience committed to taking back the spirit of this day to their local communities and congregations to make the Dallas area a more inclusive, compassionate, and peaceful place.  Special thanks to the Interfaith Council, Faith Forward Dallas, and volunteers for helping with this annual event. 


What is prayer? How does it work? How does it change one's life? These are questions that were asked to the North Texas community for the 2017 National Day of Prayer. People of diverse faith traditions gathered at Thanks-Giving Square to record statements about their own perspectives on prayer. Throughout the discussion ran common themes, revealing a connection between so many unique groups of people. Watch and share the video.  

Special Media Coverage:

The Dallas Morning News
May 4, 2017
Faith Forward Dallas honored with Bishop Oden Award 

Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square has been nominated to receive an award for ecumenical and interfaith work, given by the North Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Bishop Oden Award is named for Bishop William Oden who served as bishop of the North Texas Conference from 1996 to 2004. Ecumenical and interfaith outreach has always been a great love and passion for Bishop Oden, and he has served in many ways to build bridges of understanding and peace with Christians of all denominations and people of diverse faiths throughout the world. The Fourth Annual Bishop Oden Award will be presented to Faith Forward Dallas by Bishop Oden on Tuesday, June 6th at First United Methodist Church, Richardson.
New chairs and tables arriving at Thanks-Giving Square

Thanks-Giving Square is celebrating 40 years as a gathering place in the heart of downtown Dallas! The 40 colorful chairs and 14 tables honoring this milestone have arrived and will be placed in the garden soon!

You can support this effort by donating a chair and engraving your personalized message on a patron charm. 28 chairs have been donated so far. Recognize a loved one, memorialize a particular event, or commemorate your relationship with Thanks-Giving Square. Your heartfelt gift is one that will be shared with and enjoyed by the guests using chairs to catch up with friends, eat lunch, read a book, or reflect on their surroundings.

Upcoming Events

Fridays in May, Noon to 12:30 p.m.
Chapel of Thanksgiving

During this special experience during the month of May, Music Remedist Andre Yabin will play the piano live in the Chapel of Thanksgiving while visitors listen or meditate. Taking place in a relaxed environment, listeners are encouraged to let the worries of the day slip away. All are welcome to join this free event series.
Save the Date

June 12, 2017
Rescheduled; date to be announced soon

Thanks-Giving Square has been featured in the May/June issue of Texas Architect magazine. The article discusses the Square's architectural significance and renewed relevance to the community; it also includes vivid imagery by architectural photographer Leonid Furmansky.

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