By David Volz
The First Church Coral Springs hosted a special Interfaith Unity service, where hundreds of people gathered to celebrate religious tolerance and interfaith unity and give thanks.
Religious and community leaders helped lead the service, while interfaith and adult choirs sang patriotic and faith songs.
Coral Springs Mayor Scott Brook thanked everyone who came for participating in an uplifting and positive service. He and Parkland Commissioner Bob Mayersohn read a proclamation originally given by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, proclaiming a U.S. holiday every fourth Thursday of November to give thanks.
Rev. Randall Cutter, the pastor of New Dawn Community Church located in Coral Springs, along with Rabbi Bradd Boxman from Temple Kol Tikvah in Parkland, leaders of the Clergy Coalition of Coral Springs, delivered a message emphasizing the importance of unity, tolerance, and expressing gratitude for the blessings that people in the United States enjoy.
Rabbi Michelle Goldsmith of Temple Beth Am in Margate spoke about being thankful for living in a free nation, even if one must face struggles.
“God’s love is for everyone. All human life is a gift from God, and we never know how much time we have. I love the United States, and I am blessed that I live in a nation where I am free,” said Goldsmith, adding, “Even when we are struggling, when our jobs are not going well, or we are having problems with our family and friends, we should be thankful,” she said.
Toward the end of the service, participants sang “Let There Be Peace on Earth” and “God Bless America.”
After the interfaith activities, everyone enjoyed refreshments and socializing.
Rev. Vidalis Lopez, the senior pastor of First Church Coral Springs, said she considered the service to be very positive and uplifting.
- David Volz has worked as a writer in South Florida for 35 years. He has written for the Sun-Sentinel, Hollywood Gazette, School Transportation News, South Dade News Leaders, Observer among others. He has an MA in Communications from Florida Atlantic University and a BA in Communications from Valparaiso University. Volz teaches Communications at Miami Dade College and Palm Beach State College. He lives in Coral Springs and enjoys running and participating in 5Ks and half-marathons.
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