H-SAN LUIS OBISPO

Nov 21, 2010 7:25 PM by Staff

Local clergy host Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

With Thanksgiving still a few days away more than 100 people from various religions and backgrounds, took some time to give thanks on Sunday.

It was all part of the annual Interfaith Thankgiving Service in San Luis Obispo.

Organizers wanted to give people a time to celebrate and learn from one another in an afternoon filled with prayers and reflections from various faiths.

"The whole idea is that we are happy in our beliefs but we reach out to one another," said Rev. Stephanie Raphael, president of SLO Ministerial Association.

The event was designed to bring people together.

"It's quite rich, it feels really good to open up and see what others are doing," said Stephen Eastwood, a pastor at Seventh Day Adventist Church.

It's an annual event, designed to bring the community together and people here hope others will follow in their footsteps.

"Through our reaching out we hope that more and more people will reach out, like ripples in a stream," said Rev. Raphael.

Sunday's event also raised money and collected food for local organizations like the Prado Day Center, Atascadero Loaves and Fishes, and the San Luis Obispo Women's Shelter.

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