BIG holds virtual interfaith Thanksgiving service

By Carol Burns
Bethlehem Interfaith Group

On Sunday, Nov. 15, the Bethlehem Interfaith Group (BIG) held a “Thanksgiving Service of Healing & Unity,” a virtual gathering for the community. Streamed over YouTube from 4 to 5 p.m., it was free and open to the public.
Representatives from more than 20 houses of faith and religious organizations were featured in the video.

“As we did last year, we are coming together to give thanks, especially in this year of so many challenges,” said Rabbi Michael Singer of Congregation Brith Sholom, spokesperson for the group. “It is a time to focus on healing and unity in our community, and we hope to promote and inspire that with this event.”

The service included representation from many different faiths, with prayers, reflections and music as part of the service. 

BIG was formed in 2017 when local faith leaders recognized the importance of providing a different kind of vision, where people of diverse faith backgrounds could foster dialogue and seek common ground. The group’s focus is on education, justice and friendship.

To access a replay of the service, go to the YouTube link at