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Press Release for Friday, November 13, 2015

OneJax Institute Hosts Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Gratitude Service

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192

The OneJax Institute at the University of North Florida will host the 98th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Gratitude Service, a community tradition, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at Riverside Presbyterian Church, located at 849 Park Street in downtown Jacksonville.


This annual service has taken place in Jacksonville since 1918 and pays homage to the sacred passages, prayers, songs and traditions that exalt the quality of gratitude for the community’s blessings.


Community faith leaders will participate in the service to express gratitude from a faith perspective, while attendees can gain a sense of oneness with the community by watching and listening to various faith traditions.


“This event is important to our community as it celebrates the commonality of gratitude across many faith traditions,” said Kyle T. Reese, OneJax board chair and pastor at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church.


For more information, contact the OneJax Institute at UNF at (904) 620-1529. This free event is open to the community; however, tickets are required for entry and may be obtained online at .


As an interfaith organization, the OneJax Institute at UNF educates, advocates and builds community to promote respect and understanding that will overcome bias, bigotry and oppression.


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.