Interfaith holiday gathering planned

CRYSTAL LAKE – The sixth annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving gathering will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Bethany Lutheran Church, 76 W. Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake.

It is sponsored by FaithBridge, a consortium of local faith communities.

The evening program will feature storytelling by Jim May.

Music will include Hindu drumming and song by Ravi Subramanyan and musical selections by Lia Nicine McCoo and by the Sisters in Spirit.

An offering will benefit local food pantries.

A time of food and conversation will follow.

FaithBridge was started in 2007 to encourage interfaith communication, understanding, cooperation, spiritual practice and action.

It grew out of a Columbus Day gathering that included people of various ethnic and religious backgrounds.

FaithBridge also sponsors Face-to-Face; Faith-to-Faith, an interfaith certification course for lay people, and the annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast honoring the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The breakfast will be Jan. 21 at D’Andrea’s Banquets.

The Rev. Calvin Morris, longtime social justice activist and prominent faith leader, will give the keynote address.

Tickets will be available at the Thanksgiving program.

FaithBridge’s member organizations are the McHenry County Jewish Congregation, Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple of Woodstock, the Center for Spiritual Evolution in Cary, the American Muslim Community Organization, Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, Bethany Lutheran Church, First Congregational Church of Crystal Lake and the Department of Mission and Spiritual Care of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.

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