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.