Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Huntington, W. Va., hosted a downtown interfaith Thanksgiving service. The worship service brought together 12 Christian churches (Protestant and Catholic), the Jewish B’Nai Sholom congregation, and the Muslim Association of Huntington. The offering during the service benefited Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity. Six downtown churches of different denominations have joined to build another Habitat house. Central’s Pastor Kevin Snow offered his reflections to the local newspaper.
The faith communities joined in a community “potluck” Thanksgiving meal before the service to promote conversation among the different faith traditions in addition to worship. The service included readings from the New Testament, Quran and Hebrew scriptures, a brass quintet and a sermon led by Rabbi Jean Eglinton. Her message was a reminder to pray for those who are suffering when you are happy. She also said, “It’s obvious that Christians, Jews and Muslims are doing horrible things to one another around the world, so it’s supremely important that when we can talk, pray and eat together, we do it and cultivate it further.”