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Press Release for Monday, November 7, 2016

OneJax Institute Hosts Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Gratitude Service

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

 The OneJax Institute at the University of North Florida will host the 99th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Gratitude Service, a community tradition since 1918, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, located 4001 Hendricks Ave.

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.

“This event is important to our community as it celebrates the commonality of gratitude across many faith traditions,” said Nancy Broner, Executive Director of OneJax.

Community faith leaders are invited to participate in the service for the purpose of expressing gratitude from their faith perspective. Many different traditions will be part of the service, including: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Greek Orthodox, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Native American, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Unitarian Universalism and others.

Once again, One Jax will collect canned food and dry goods for UCOM UrbanServ, Inc. A reception is scheduled immediately following the service. As always, this gathering is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the OneJax Institute at UNF at (904) 620-1529. This free event is open to the community. You may register 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.