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Interfaith Thanksgiving Service is Monday

MANCHESTER — This year’s Interfaith Thanksgiving Service is at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at the First Congregational Church, 805 Union St.

Although it is at the Congregational Church, people from any religious congregation are welcome at the service.

Rabbi Beth Davidson of Temple Adath Yeshurun said the idea of the interfaith service began with the clergy from the temple, St. Catherine of Siena Church and Brookside Congregational Church.

She said the tradition for the three North End congregations dates back maybe 25 or 30 years, but a number of years ago, the trio found there were “competing” interfaith Thanksgiving services.

Davidson said “competing” may be too strong a word, but there were a number of Thanksgiving services in town and it seemed like a good idea to try and broaden the participation of religious communities in the city.

So starting back in 2007, the Manchester Interfaith Clergy Association started a new tradition of the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.

The location rotates among the various denominations, with the host congregation creating the liturgy.

Another tradition of the interfaith service is to invite the newest church leader in town to be the main speaker.

Davidson said this year’s choice is Holy Trinity Cathedral’s Bishop Paul Sobiechowski,.

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