The Interfaith Community of Metropolitan Detroit has held an interfaith service every Thanksgiving Eve for the last 21 years. It moves to a different house of worship each year. In years past it has been held in churches, synagogues and in a Hindu temple. This year, on November 21, it was held in a Gurdwara for the first time.
The service took place on the evening of November 21 at Gurdwara Sahib Hidden Falls, in Plymouth, Michigan. The Sikh community was host to members of many different faiths.
The theme of the evening was “Prayer at All times”. The Reverend Dan Appleyard, Rector, Christ Church Dearborn and the co-chair of the event committee made the opening remarks and said that we are all joined in a web of prayer- all day around the globe,- and we are here to celebrate that tonight.
The evening’s program included morning hymns from the Christian tradition, noonday chanting from Gregroian monks, afternoon prayers from the B’hai community and evening meditation from the Buddhist community. There were also Native American greeting of the day, Muslim mid-day prayers, a Maori evening reflection, Jewish prayers and Hindu prayers.
The evening opened with the blowing of the Jewish shofar, and a Sikh jaikara. There was a Sikh Gurbani shabad in the beginning and the evening concluded with the Sohila paath, Ardaas, Hukamnama and a Sukhasan procession.
There were collections taken for the local food banks, and the guests enjoyed the langar that was served afterward. It was an evening of fellowship and inspiration, and the good will and vibrations in the room were memorable for all those who were able to attend.