Bethlehem faith groups share message of healing and unity

Written by on November 20, 2020

Bethlehem faith groups share message of healing and unity

By Stephen Jiwanmall

November 20, 2020

The Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley. Erin Gallagher | For lehighvalleylive.com

With Thanksgiving just a week away, local faith groups shared messages of gratitude during a special virtual service Sunday.

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In a year marked by a deadly pandemic, political division and social unrest, the Bethlehem Interfaith Group emphasized healing and unity during its annual Thanksgiving service. 

Reverend Beth Goudy, of the Metropolitan Community Church of the Lehigh Valley, said, “There are ancient wounds, and there are contemporary wounds that are in need of our attention and are in need of the Spirit’s attention.”

Seventeen local houses of worship shared music and prayer during an hour-long service online. 

They represented the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths.

One by one, they focused on thankfulness and togetherness. 

Reverend Canon Dale Grandfield, of Cathedral Church of the Nativity, said, “We need to remember that there is far more that binds us together than there is that divides us.”

The Bethlehem Interfaith Group was formed in 2017. This was their second Thanksgiving service.

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