News from Thanks-Giving Square and The Thanks-Giving Foundation  |   September 2016

On May 5th we celebrated our  35th Annual National Day of Prayer Luncheon . Janessa Gans Wilder, Founder of the Euphrates Institute, gave an inspiring speech around the topic of  "Building Peace in the Face of Extremism." So many people have remarked about the unique and spiritual quality of the day, and we are thankful to all of this year's participants. 

Since the National Day of Prayer, the Thanks-Giving Foundation's Interfaith Council has convened and built a significant group of clerical leaders who are working together to build bridges of understanding between the many varied faith communities that are part of our diverse society. Faith Forward Dallas -- Faith Leaders United for Peace and Justice, an initiative of Thanks-Giving Square received very positive national and international recognition during the Dallas police shooting tragedy in July. Thanks-Giving Square became a spiritual gathering place for thousands of visitors during the days and weeks that followed.

After a summer of heat, rain, and social challenges that have impacted so many of us, we look ahead to  several important events as the seasons change. We invite you to join us.
Support Thanks-Giving Square During North Texas Giving Day

Please support Thanks-Giving Square on Thursday, September 22 during North Texas Giving Day. Your contribution directly impacts our efforts as we provide programming to the community and a place where all cultures and faith traditions can come together in a spirit of respect and understanding. From 6:00 a.m. CST to midnight all donations of $25 or more are eligible for bonus funds made possible through the Communities Foundation of Texas!
Upcoming Events
Compassion Walk

Wednesday, September 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Klyde Warren Park to Thanks-Giving Square

International Peace Day is on  Wednesday, September 21. The Crow Collection of Asian Art and members of Compassionate DFW, the Interfaith Council, and Faith Forward Dallas, an initiative of Thanks-Giving Square will gather to promote peace in our city.  Participants will assemble at Klyde Warren Park on the Pearl Lawn for remarks at  11:30 a.m.  followed by a walk to Thanks-Giving Square at  noon .

Thanks-Giving Square: 
Landscape and Architecture 
featuring  Dr. Richard Brettell

Monday, September 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Thanks-Giving Square, Hall of Thanksgiving

Dr. Richard Brettell will discuss the iconic architecture of Thanks-Giving Square at our upcoming Interfaith Council speaker series. Also on display will be architect Philip Johnson's original models for the Chapel of Thanksgiving, recently restored by the model shop at  HKS Architects . All are welcome to this free event.

More Information
Save the Date

Winter Festival of Faiths
December 19, 2016 | Thanks-Giving Square

Merry TubaChristmas Concert
December 23, 2016, 12:00-2:00 p.m. |  Thanks-Giving Square

2017 National Day of Prayer
May 4, 2017

Visitor Improvements
at Thanks-Giving Square

The first of new signage has been installed at Thanks-Giving Square, replacing missing letters and adding visitor information in six languages. The remainder of signage will be installed in time for Thanks-Giving Square's 40th anniversary in November. This effort was funded in 2016 by generous donations from the community. Building on this project, in September a Thanks-Giving Square Neighbors Council work day put volunteers to work cleaning the grounds and organizing our archives. We welcome individuals and groups of volunteers to help with projects at the Square. Send us a note to get involved.

Mailing address: P.O. Box 131770,  Dallas, Texas 75313-1770
Physical address of Thanks-Giving Square:  1627 Pacific Avenue,  Dallas, Texas 75201 
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