Students at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington sort food for the school’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, which benefits hundreds of families in the Washington area. The drive is believed to be one of the largest student-organized food collections in the country. Archbishop Carroll High School’s 2017 Thanksgiving drive collected about 30,000 pounds of food and provided turkeys and other food for a holiday dinner and a week’s worth of additional food staples for 350 families. (CS PHOTO BY JACLYN LIPPELMANN)
Students at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington sort food for the school’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, which benefits hundreds of families in the Washington area. The drive is believed to be one of the largest student-organized food collections in the country. Archbishop Carroll High School’s 2017 Thanksgiving drive collected about 30,000 pounds of food and provided turkeys and other food for a holiday dinner and a week’s worth of additional food staples for 350 families. (CS PHOTO BY JACLYN LIPPELMANN)

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington joined other Washington-area faith leaders in a 2017 Thanksgiving message:

The American Holiday

Across our nation, people of every background and tradition celebrate Thanksgiving as a distinctly American holiday, rooted in gratitude.   In the great diversity of faith traditions, we gather at table to give thanks for our many blessings.  We pause to thank our Creator and, at the same time, celebrate our freedom. Thanksgiving is not only an historical celebration, but a present reality in which even the most recent arrival in our nation rejoices.

Among the blessings Americans share is the gift of freedom. We celebrate its many expressions, including the freedom to practice one’s faith.  Another is our freedom of speech and the liberty to express ourselves. We recognize, however, that freedom of expression carries the responsibility to do so with mutual respect and civility.  As Americans, we are all free to speak what we believe to be the truth, but we are also challenged to do so in love, in the spirit of universal kinship recognizing the dignity of every person.

For both the freedom and the challenge we give thanks.  And we wish a peaceful, happy Thanksgiving to all.

The Solidarity Table

Imam Talib Shareef

Masjid Muhammad – The Nation’s Mosque

Bishop Mariann Budde - Episcopal Diocese of Washington

Rabbi Bruce Lustig - Washington Hebrew Congregation

Cardinal Donald Wuerl - Archdiocese of Washington