For the past 11 years, the Redlands interfaith community has gathered at a different house of worship each year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving to give thanks in word and song. Because of the pandemic, this year people are invited to gather at home and participate via Zoom.
At 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, the Redlands Area Interfaith Council will present “Thanks for Giving: A Tribute to Our First Responders.”
Participants include Cpl. Joe Valdivia of the Redlands Police Department; Paramedic Dave Malloy of American Medical Response; Dr. Raed Manasrah, a surgeon at Redlands Community Hospital; Ruth Ah Siu Gandy, a nurse at Loma Linda University Hospital; Kristie Baker, an English teacher at Redlands High School; Tom Reingrover, owner of Gerrards Market; and Engineer Steve Leverette of the Redlands Fire Department.
Religious leaders will also contribute prayers and thoughts. These include Chaplain Wade Forde of Redlands Community Hospital, Pastor Kristopher Loewen of Redlands Seventh-day Adventist Church, Rabbi Lindy Reznick of Congregation Emanu El, Father Gino of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church and Khalid Bahjri, president of the Islamic Community Center of Redlands.
No Interfaith Council Thanksgiving celebration is complete without music, and instead of the traditional large community choir that is a hallmark of the annual event, this year’s music will be provided by Organist Thomas Melton of Trinity Episcopal Church, an adult quartet and a children’s choir from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a choir complete with bells from the First Presbyterian Church and a quartet from First Congregational Church.
Judy Cannon is president of the Redlands Area Interfaith Council.