In the United States, the Thanksgiving holiday has a long history of being a time for interfaith cooperation and celebration. Gratitude and giving thanks are activities that most religious traditions share, and Thanksgiving Day offers the opportunity to join together with our neighbors of different religions in giving thanks for all that sustains our lives, our families and our communities.
The Pacifica Institute in Sunnyvale is planning a community Thanksgiving Dinner that will include a blanket drive on behalf of Syrian refugees on Tuesday, November 24, at 6:30 pm. Blankets are $10 each, and will be distributed through Embrace Relief (embracerelief.org). Due to the difficulties and cost of storing blankets and shipping them, physical blankets are not being collected, but donations are welcome. Dinner is free, but RSVP is required to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pacifica is located at 1257 Tasman Dr, Unit B, in Sunnyvale.
Also on Tuesday, interfaith services will be held in In San José and Los Gatos. The San José Celebration takes place at Stone Church of Willow Glen, 1108 Clark Way, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Participants will include Participating faith communities at this joint Thanksgiving worship service include: The Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, Stone Church of Willow Glen, Temple Emanu-El, San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, St. Martin of Tours Parish, Sathya Sai Baba Center, and The Church of Latter Day Saints. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank.
In Los Gatos, there will also be a food drive to benefit Second Harvest and the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church food pantry. Requested food donations include canned or packaged food in individual servings for the homeless such as chili, hearty soup, pasta, creamy peanut butter, tuna, crackers, cookies, fruit or pudding cups and juice. The Thanksgiving service will take place from 7:30 – 9:00 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 15985 Rose Ave. in Los Gatos.
On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, the annual gathering sponsored by the Saratoga Ministerial Association will be held at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 19100 Allendale Avenue. The service will take place from 10:00 – 11:30 am.