Season of Gratitude
Gratitude is something all humans have in common. Thanksgiving is a time when people of all beliefs and faith traditions can come together and share the expression of gratitude.
The InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit wishes you a day of diverse religious expression and celebration. During this time of political polarization, economic uncertainty, and concern for our physical and spiritual well-being, we can be thankful for the relationships we have with one-another, and the opportunity to enrich those relationships as we work to create the Beloved Community.
As you celebrate your Thanksgiving meal offer prayers of thankfulness and consider our relationships with other faith and cultural groups. During this season, we all praise our highest power as we come together to give thanks for the blessings we have received.
During this season, some communities have organized interfaith dinners, focused on learning specifically about our religious diversity as Americans, and using this secular holiday as a way of coming together around shared values -- values that promote a unified, healthy community. It's a way to give thanks for the richness of our spiritual diversity that enriches our culture. After 150 years, the American Thanksgiving holiday still serves as a unifying tradition through a host of variations on the common turkey dinner.
The human desire to express gratitude is felt among all religious traditions. How people celebrate Thanksgiving takes on many different shapes. No one is asked to conceal their beliefs, just to come together and share their stories, their cultures, and their gratitude.
We wish you the best for this season of gratitude.