Thanksgiving Interfaith Service to Focus on Gratitude

By JENNIKA INGRAM | Reporter

The Pacific Palisades Interfaith Clergy is inviting community members to a Thanksgiving event focused on the theme of gratitude on Monday, November 25, at 7 p.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

A special invitation has been sent out to Los Angeles Fire Department Stations 69 and 23 and Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness.

“We are going to honor the firefighters and also the homeless coalition,” Pastor Grace Park of Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church said to the Palisadian-Post. “We’re going to thank them. All the clergy is going to gather around and give them a special blessing as firefighters.”

The event comes on the heels of the Palisades and Getty fires in October, which prompted evacuations for members of the community.

Money collected during the service will be given to the PPTFH.

“Almost every house of worship in Pali is participating in this,” Park shared. “It’s an annual thing.”

These gatherings are to continue promoting an interfaith dialogue following a similar event for the community in September that focused on a discussion about prejudice.

A future event is being planned for February 23 on the concept of how different faith traditions deal with suffering and healing.

“We will have panelists speaking a little bit, and then we are going to have time where everybody is sitting at a table sharing their own thoughts,” Park explained.

“We just kind of formed this community together,” Park added, who shared how meaningful it’s become to all the clergy to have these interfaith gatherings.

Clergy from Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Palisades Lutheran Church, Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church, Parish of Saint Matthew of Episcopal, Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation, Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be in attendance.

Refreshments will follow the Thanksgiving service, which starts at 7 p.m.