Muslim Group to Lead this Year's Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

November 22, 2006

Author: Jean Torkelson

Source: Rocky Mountain News,1299,DRMN_15_5161685,00.html

The Quran may figure more prominently than pilgrim sayings at Denver's interfaith Thanksgiving service this year. For the first time in the event's 100-plus-year history, Muslims are hosting and planning the service.

"It will give it a different flavor, not truly a Protestant structure where we have hymns and prayers," said Ibrahim Kazerooni, a Muslim leader from Lakewood who heads an interfaith group, the Abrahamic Initiative.

Mosques need to be available for daily prayers, so the 10 a.m. service will be held at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St.

Traditionally, the interfaith service draws hundreds of people en route to celebrations of what is regarded as the quintessential American holiday. The interfaith service was founded in the late 1800s by Temple Emanuel, Montview Presbyterian Church and the Universalist Church. Participating faiths have expanded to include Catholics, Buddhists and various Protestant churches. While Muslim leaders have attended, this is the first time they have directed the event.