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Interfaith council puts on annual Celebration of Thanks Nov. 15

Interfaith Council’s “Community Celebration of Thanks.” (Courtesy)

Interfaith Council’s “Community Celebration of Thanks.” (Courtesy)

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The St. Luke Ebony Choir sings during the 2017 interfaith Celebration of Thanks performance. This year’s free event will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherds Lane in Prescott. (Richard Haddad/WNI file photo)

The Quad-City Interfaith Council is putting on its fifth annual Many Voices of Thanks Interfaith Celebration at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Thursday.

A night meant to bring together all faiths in the community for song and reflection as a “Community Celebration of Thanks,” this year’s celebration will see a larger children’s choir as well as a new interfaith choir, said Interfaith Council Member Dolores Everard.

“It’s a combination of (the) St. Luke’s choir and (the) United Methodist Church Choir,” Everard said. “They’re going to combine their forces.”

Also new are members of the Baha’i Faith who will do a reading and a prayer, she said. Additionally, The “Beautiful Signers” sign language choir from American Lutheran Church is returning.

Held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, the Community Celebration of Thanks will see reflections from Rabbi Holly Cohn of Temple B’rith Shalom, Molly Friebott from the Greater Yavapai County Coalition, Faith Bridge and Deacon Kimball Arnold of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church interspersed by dance, music and a candle-lighting ceremony. Congregants from Temple B’rith Shalom are also set for a blowing of shofars.

The whole idea behind the event is to celebrate the oneness of the community as well as the community’s differences, Everard said. in fact, when she used to teach, Everard said she taught her students the idea of appreciating diversity and celebrating similarities.

“I drove it up there,” she said. “So everybody would think along those lines.”

It’s the Quad City Interfaith Council’s goal to promote respect, understanding, cooperation and appreciation for the religious and faith traditions within the quad city area. It is an informal, grassroots organization with members and servant leaders of many faith communities within Yavapai County.

Admission into the fifth annual Community Celebration of Thanks is free. Food donations benefit the St. Luke’s Food Pantry and monetary donations benefit Yavapai County Suicide Prevention.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 2000 Shepherds Lane near the Prescott airport.

For more information, call Everard at 832-724-5267.