November 2015: How to best observe Thanksgiving?

November 2015 Midday Interfaith Dialogue

How can we best observe the Thanksgiving holiday in an interfaith world — as individuals and faith communities — and in light of colonial and Native American history?

Thursday, November 12, 2015
12 – 1:45 p.m.
Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul
1671 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105 (View Map)

A panel of a Native American leader, Jim Bear Jacobs (Mohican, Convener of Healing Minnesota Stories and pastoral associate at Church of All Nations); a rabbi, Amy Eilberg (author, interfaith leader, adjunct professor at United Theological Seminary); an imam Samir Saikali, (Islamic Institute of MN); and a Christian pastor (Joy Caires, St. Clements Episcopal) will explore how Thanksgiving might be observed well in our community. As we approach the national holiday of Thanksgiving once again, interest has been expressed in the possibility of a community-wide Thanksgiving observance, a time when people of various religious/spiritual traditions and none might come together and give expression to gratitude. We’re also mindful that our various traditions worship in very different ways and that Thanksgiving may bring up pain related to the generational trauma of colonialism for Native Americans. Join us as we hear different voices speak about giving thanks in their traditions, how joint observance (service? prayers? worship?) might be done respectfully, and how Native concerns can be honored. We hope this conversation will help us imagine possibilities for 2016 in Saint Paul.