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Faith leaders met for interfaith Thanksgiving worship in Aurora

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  • Emmy Lou John of Aurora's Wesley United Methodist Church, left, and the Rev. Brian Wise pastor at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, light candles for world peace and justice during a fifth annual Thanksgiving interfaith service at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Aurora Nov. 18.

    Emmy Lou John of Aurora's Wesley United Methodist Church, left, and the Rev. Brian Wise pastor at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, light candles for world peace and justice during a fifth annual Thanksgiving interfaith service at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Aurora Nov. 18.
    Courtesy of Al Benson

 

Submitted by Al Benson

Christians, Jews, Muslims and other local faith leaders joined in a fifth annual interfaith Thanksgiving worship Nov. 18 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 722 High St., Aurora.

The service featured music, prayer and reflections by various faith representatives. A candle lighting for peace and justice before the program was included.

The service opened with a welcome from the Rev. Juancho Campanano, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church in Aurora. Tom Weisner, Mayor of Aurora, brought a greeting.

A litany of Thanksgiving by Howard Thurman, a leading U.S. theologian, was read by Jonathan Dean, Aurora University chaplain; the Rev. Jerry Leake, St. Joseph Church; and Meredith Lindgren, Wesley UMC.

Offering reflections were Rabbi Shmuel Mann, Temple B'nai Israel, Aurora; Sister Peg Barrett, McAuley Manor, Aurora; Kaaren Smoot, Baha'i; Dr. Abbas Khawaja, Muslim, Aurora; Swami Vedantananda Maharaj, Hindu; and the Rev. Jeff Mikyska, Our Savior Lutheran Church and the Rev. Brian Wise, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, both Aurora.

In addition to group hymns, K.C. Campanano, 17, a Waubonsie Valley High School student, offered a solo,"Colors of the Wind." The Wesley UMC praise team performed "Go Light Your World."

The service concluded with a sending forth by the Rev. Jerry Leake, St. Joseph Church, and a postlude by the Rev. Gary McCann, New England Congregational Church.

A fellowship time with refreshments closed the event. For details, call (630) 896-1033.