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Claremont Interfaith Thanksgiving service tradition continues

Though forced by COVID-19 safety precautions to consider alternative venues, for the 30th consecutive year the Claremont Interfaith Council (CIC) will hold its Interfaith Thanksgiving Gathering on Wednesday evening, Thanksgiving eve, November 25, 2020 at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live, YouTube and other streaming platforms. The Council invites the Claremont community to come together in shared gratitude for the bounties we have experienced as citizens of a nation founded on core principals of freedom and liberty supported by a spiritual foundation, and how they have sustained us during this unique time in our country’s history.

The service will feature, as keynote speaker, Rev. Jessie Smith of St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, and will also include clergy and lay leaders from the broad spectrum of religious and spiritual communities in the Claremont area. There will also be a variety of music in the program, including soloist and virtual choir contributions.

“We are living in fragile times, and one important way we can feel more grounded is to understand that we share an attitude of gratitude with our neighbors,” said Paul Buch, Cantor at Temple Beth Israel. "Both the pandemic and the recent election have made this year even more hectic and stressful, and it’s nice to start the season in an atmosphere of peace and unity, even though we can’t all be together physically."

As has become the custom, an offering, this year virtually, will be requested during the program with the full proceeds going to Inland Valley Hope Partners in support of their emergency food assistance program.

For further information, call or text 909-542-8150 or go to facebook.com/claremontinterfaithcouncil.

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