Exploring the Sacred to host 3rd annual Multifaith Gratitude Celebration
November 20, 2013
Steamboat Springs — The air will be full of thanksgiving Thursday night as the third annual Multifaith Gratitude Celebration will be hosted by Exploring the Sacred.
The service, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library, will include the blowing of the shofar from the Jewish community, the call to prayer from the Islamic faith as well as sacred sounds from the Buddhist and Christian communities.
The event is timed to coincide with Thanksgiving and the holiday season, master of ceremonies for the event Randy Salky said, and it keeps with Exploring the Sacred's theme of bringing faiths together.
Exploring the Sacred typically holds more formal panel discussions or Q-and-As quarterly, group organizer Marchele McCarthy said, but this event is more celebratory in nature.
New this year will be the reading of expressions of gratitude from those in attendance, Salky said.
As people enter the ceremony, they will be handed note cards to record anonymously what makes this season of thanksgiving and celebration special for them.
The note cards also will ask "How do I show gratitude?" McCarthy said.
It's important to recognize how people express gratitude, she said, adding that the hope is to have input from youths in attendance, as well.
"It was nice to recognize and see the way different faith communities express gratitude," Salky said about his first time attending the celebration last year. "It's a really great opportunity for the community to expand its knowledge and understanding of other people in the community."
The event also will be a food drive for LIFT-UP of Routt County, and attendees are encouraged to bring a dessert to share for after the celebration, which should last about 30 minutes.
"I think this is one event that everybody can agree on," McCarthy said.
"Everybody feels gratitude. It's a place everybody can come together."