Message of hope, struggle at Interfaith Thanksgiving service

Message of peace at interfaith service

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - On this Thanksgiving, people from many faiths are gathering to give thanks and pass on messages of peace.

The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service was held at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. It included a Native American pastor, Muslim imams, Jewish rabbis and Christian clergy.

During the hour-long service, faith leaders talked of peace and giving thanks, but also about the struggles people face on this day.

"For many many native peoples, this is a day of mourning. This is not a national holiday," said Reverand Jim Bear Jacobs, a pastor at Church of All Nations in Mendota Heights, who says the day signifies a loss of land and a loss of identity.

This year's Thanksgiving comes at a contentious time in North Dakota where the Standing Rock Tribe continue to demonstrate against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, fearing it will contaminate water.

For others, this Thanksgiving comes at a time when many are coming to terms with the Election and unsure of the country's future.

But despite those struggles, faith leaders preached hope and giving back to others.

"Never lose hope, keep the hope up. This is a wonderful wake up call for us to be united," said Imam Dr. Hamdy El-Sawaf, of Islamic Community Center of Minnesota.

Reverand Dr. Carla Bailey estimated about 600 people attended the service.


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