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Sunday before Thanksgiving. Themes can include gratitude to God, gratitude for loved ones, gathering the family together, breaking bread together, Native American perspective on the holiday, Puritans, remembering those less fortunate.
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Unitarian Universalist Perspectives
Guest at Your Table
Guest at Your Table is an annual tradition in which congregation members take home a box featuring people that the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) has worked with recently. These people are your 'guests,' and you are asked to share your blessings with them each meal by putting your spare change in the box. As you give to your guests, you can learn about them by reading the Stories of Hope booklet. UUSC uses the funds raised through this program to support their human-rights work in the United States and around the world!
Most congregations begin their Guest at Your Table celebration on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, but please check your congregational calendar for your opening date.
Some congregations celebrate bread communion at this service. This ritual can include the breaking and passing around of bread throughout the congregation. Congregants eat the bread, or feed it to one another, while being led in a reflection about gratitude, sharing and being together in community.
Words for Worship Services
- T is for Turkey and Tofu
A Prayer Addressing All Hungers
Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 6th Principle (World Community), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Christianity, Communion (Christian), Democracy, Direct Experience, Food, Food Justice, Humanism, Justice, Justice Sunday, Poverty, Prayer Practices, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Spiritual Practice, Table Grace, Thanksgiving, Transcendence, Transformation
- A Thanksgiving Blessing
- A Thanksgiving Meditation
Spirit of the Harvest
Tagged as: Thanksgiving
- Thanksgiving Meditation
- The Last Leaf
- Let Our Table Stand Like an Altar
- More Than We Deserve
- A Thanksgiving Communion
- Cornbread and Cider Communion in Refugee Times
- Thanksgiving Soup Communion
- Thankful Dogs: A Story for All Ages
- Harvest Basket Chalice Coloring Page