Kaufman Interfaith Institute

Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

The Grand Rapids Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration has been celebrated annually since the year 2000. The event features participation from a wide variety of Christian denominations and representatives of Native American, Jewish, Muslim, Baha'i, Buddhist, Hindu, secular, and inclusive religious communities. We come together to give thanks for the blessings we have received. Prayers, music, sacred writings, reflections and meditation will be woven together with a common theme of gratitude from many traditions.

The human desire to express gratitude is felt among all religious traditions and in secular society. How people express thanksgiving takes many different shapes and styles. The Grand Rapids Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration is an opportunity for people of diverse traditions to listen, to share, and to better understand one another. No one is asked to compromise their beliefs, just to come together and share their stories, their cultures, and their gratitude.


This year's service was "The Warmth of Community", held at Temple Emanuel, and together we collected...

  • 64 winter hats
  • 46 pair of gloves
  • 41 hat and glove sets
  • 125 pair of socks
  • 59 pair of underwear
  • 11 t-shirts
  • 2 pair infant shoes
  • 17 pieces on infant sized clothes

With the $360 collected, we purchased an additional

  • 199 pair of underwear
  • 4 girls fleeces
  • 2 boys hoodies
  • 2 pair boys jeans



Thank you for helping keep our community warm this coming winter!



For the 2013 Interfaith Thanksgiving Poster, click here.

For more information on the history of Grand Rapids' Interfaith Thanksgiving, click here.

Page last modified December 4, 2013