Shuck and Jive

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Inter-Faith Thanksgiving in East Tennessee

One of my favorite events of the year is the United Religions Initiative (URI) Thanksgiving Dinner. It is this Saturday at 6 p.m. in Johnson City. The purpose of URI is to bring together people of different faith traditions, to help promote understanding and peace. If you are near our mountain, join us! Rev. Jacqueline Luck of Holston Valley UU has organized the event this year. She writes:
You are invited and urged to attend a United Religious Initiative Thanksgiving Dinner, November 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30, at the Johnson City Senior Center (607 Myrtle). Turkey will be provided, and you are invited to bring a side dish, salad or desert from your culture to create a meal that embraces the diversity of the group gathered in gratitude for our blessings and in love. Religious leaders of various faiths will offer traditional blessings or readings.
We have representatives from Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Pagan, Christian, and UU traditions attending. It will be a nice evening. Children will be doing traditional Hindu dancing, we have drumming, dances for universal peace, and prayers and readings from various traditions


  1. A dish that would highlight my cultural heritage would be potaotes boiled in beer served on top of white bread. Or perhaps a fist sandwich courtesy of the British government.

  2. My cultural heritage is that I'll just have ten times as much as what the rest of you are having. Bring it to me.

  3. I think you need to have some crushed potato chips or Ritz crackers on there, somewhere, Monkey.

    John - since I have spent the majority of my life (so far) in Minnesota, I'm thinking about bringing lutefisk - and I'll be sure to bring it directly to you. xoxo

  4. This is great John. You are making the transcendant immanent ;-)