The Sudbury Clergy Association will hold its annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 24 at 7:00pm at Sudbury United Methodist Church, 251 Old Sudbury Road. This year’s service will focus on the theme of shared meals. Members of the Sudbury Clergy Association will be joined by Shaheen Akhtar, interfaith liaison of the Islamic Center of Boston, and Dr. Tilak Sen, advisor of “UTSHAB,” the New England Hindu Society, in leading the service.
In keeping with the theme, participants are invited to participate in Open Table’s weekly Community Meal at 5:30pm at Sudbury United Methodist Church immediately preceding the service (please rsvp if you plan on attending or would like to help serve the meal). “Meals play an important role in every tradition,” said the Rev. Tom O’Brien, pastor of Memorial Congregational Church and co-facilitator of the Sudbury Clergy Association. “Whether part of a ritual, a simple habit, or a chance meeting, gathering around a table creates community and strengthens relationships. This is the core of Thanksgiving and is so richly highlighted in the weekly community dinners hosted by Open Table. As faith leaders, we look forward to gathering together as one community to lift up and reflect on the sacred act of sharing a meal.” The offering collected at the service will support Open Table, which provides healthy food, friendship and support to those in need while respecting their privacy and dignity.
The Sudbury Clergy Association is a community of religious professionals who serve Sudbury’s faith communities, which include Congregation Beth El, Congregation B’nai Torah, First Parish of Sudbury (Unitarian Universalist), Memorial Congregational Church (United Church of Christ), Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, The Presbyterian Church of Sudbury, St. Anselm’s Catholic Church, St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Sudbury United Methodist Church. We meet monthly. We speak, pray, and live rooted solidly within our respective traditions, in our meetings with one another as well as in public worship. At the same time, we seek ways to serve one another, our congregations, this community, while striving together for the greater good.