Transforming Thanksgiving

in: Dharma Topics
Discussion Date: Thu, Nov 26, 2020

Online on Thursday Afternoon Thanksgiving Day, November 26, at 1:00 pm Online on Friday Evening, November 27, 7:00 to 8:45 pm

Dear Still Water Friends,

I developed a deep appreciation for Thanksgiving in my early twenties, after I graduated from college and moved several thousand miles from where my parents lived. I liked that it was an ecumenical national family holiday. I liked that in my circles there was a real effort to be inclusive – friends of friends, people with no where to go, and foreign students were all invited. And I liked that it nourished our better angels. We often talked about what we were grateful for.

I vaguely knew about the events the holiday celebrated. In my Los Angeles grammar schools, I participated in assemblies where students portraying “pilgrims” and... Continued

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