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Aurorans of all faiths to give thanks together

Updated: November 22, 2012 10:40PM

Usually, it’s families that gather ’round the table for a prayer and some turkey.

But giving thanks with strangers from all kinds of faith communities makes for a prayerful evening as well.

On Sunday, Aurora will mark the fifth year for the interfaith Thanksgiving service, which is open to the public to enjoy.

“Somebody from each religious community is involved somehow, there are readings from all the different faiths and we choose interfaith music, so it’s more all-inclusive,” said Meredith Lindgren, who is on the interfaith committee for Wesley United Methodist. “I’ve gotten to know so many people through this and it’s just been really enriching.”

The service begins with an opening prayer from Mayor Tom Weisner, followed by readings, music and prayer from leaders and members of Hindu, Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, Protestant and Baha’i communities in Aurora.

Refreshments and appetizers will follow the service.

“It is open to anybody. We would love to have 300 people come,” said Lindgren. “The only way people are going to learn about people of other faiths is if they meet people of other faiths.”

The interfaith Thanksgiving service will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 722 High St.

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