For the past 11 years, the Redlands Area Interfaith Council has held an interfaith Thanksgiving celebration the Sunday before Thanksgiving, each year in a different house of worship.
This year’s event is not canceled, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, it will be a virtual gathering, via Zoom.
The program, “Thanks for Giving: A Tribute to Our First Responders,” is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. For a link to the Zoom meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Medical Center; English teacher Kristie Baker from Redlands High School; Tom Reingrover, owner of Gerrards Market; and Engineer Steve Leverette of the Redlands FireDepartment, according to a news release.
Religious leaders who will participate include Chaplain Wade Forde of Redlands Community Hospital, Pastor Kristopher Loewen of the Redlands Seventh-day Adventist Church, Rabbi Lindy Reznick of Congregation Emanu El, the Rev. Charles “Gino” Galley of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church and Dr. Khalid Bahjri, president of the Islamic Community Center of Redlands.
The event will not include the large community choir that normally is part of the celebration, but there will be music provided by Thomas Melton, assistant organist at Trinity Episcopal Church; an adult quartet and a children’s choir from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; a choir with bells from First Presbyterian Church; and a quartet from First Congregational Church.