Happy Thanksgiving – that’s one holiday greeting you hear at this time of year that’s not part of a specific faith tradition.
The idea of giving thanks transcends religious, social and cultural boundaries. Thanks can be expressed in any language or tradition.
And that’s just what happened Sunday at an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Christians, Muslims and Jews, Baha'is, Buddhists and Hindus, and people from several other faith traditions came together to share. Beliefs and languages converged as sounds of thanksgiving and peace rose through the air.
Joe Eversole, an atheist from Oklahoma, felt a great sense of freedom when he embraced his atheist identity. He got this tattoo before coming out as an atheist, but he said it describes the feeling he got from being an open atheist.
The presidential election is just a few days away, but that’s not what this week's faith and values update is about.
Instead, we’re going to talk about something that was making news about 500 years ago in Germany: The Protestant Reformation. This past Wednesday was Reformation Day – the anniversary of the day in 1517 when the movement began.