For the past 33 years, Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT) has brought the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service to the Austin community. The event is a unique opportunity for Austinites of all faith backgrounds to come together to give thanks as one community. This year’s service will be hosted by the Austin Catholic Community and held at San Jose Church (2435 Oak Crest Ave.) on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m.
iACT invites the public to the free, family-friendly event to hear prayers and practices from all of Austin’s faith communities, learn about and appreciate the beauty and diversity of Islam, and share in a reception after the service.
Community organizations will share resources at tables during the reception. Food and refreshments will be provided but the public is invited to bring a favorite dish ready to serve and labeled for those with dietary restrictions. Area clergy members from all denominations are invited to join in the procession at the beginning of the service.
iACT’s mission is to cultivate peace and respect through interfaith dialogue, service and celebration. The organization was created to build healthy relationships between the faith communities of Central Texas.
The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service finds clergy from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Baha’i, Unitarian, Sikh, and other faiths joining with secular, or simply spiritual seekers, each voicing their commitment to building a welcoming community. Collectively, the group believes that a future of peace and respect begins with individuals and that the work cannot be left to diplomats and dignitaries. It is essential that the faithful receive encouragement to play a leading role in the challenge of bridging the faith divides of our community and mediating interfaith conflict.
For more information on iACT or Interfaith Thanksgiving go to interfaithtexas.org.