LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Thanksgiving Interfaith Service, an event that has been held annually since Livingston’s Bicentennial Celebration in 2013, will be held virtually this year on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. and will be broadcast by Livingston Television (LTV) as well as live-streamed on the LTV Facebook Page.

For the last seven years, thousands of participants have come together on the Sunday before Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season and reflect on the things they are grateful for.

Noting that this year has been particularly challenging for all residents, event organizers stated that the “time is right to come together to watch, listen and share the inspiration” that this special service will present.

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The virtual broadcast will allow speakers and choirs from multiple religious institutions in Livingston to participate.

Pastor Dan Martian of the Livingston Presbyterian Church will be coordinating the inspirational speeches from Livingston residents while Cantor Perry Fine from Temple Beth Shalom works with choir directors from multiple places of worship to provide the musical portion of the program.

Fine is one of the founding members of “Voices for Change,” which a special collaboration of 100 cantors and Black ministers from around the world to promote faith in healing. One of the key components of this year’s celebration is a special presentation entitled Total Praise,” which event organizers said is “extremely appropriate and timely for our society dealing with racial injustice and significant stress.”

“While the pandemic has caused the program to be televised this year instead of being in live in-person, the inspirational message is more meaningful this year because of all of the stressful issues faced by our community,” the organizers said. “The community participation continues to make this a wonderful way to start the holiday season and celebrate what is good in our lives.”

Community members can participate in Sunday’s service by tuning into LTV (Comcast Channel 34 and Fios Channel 26) or visiting the LTV Facebook Page. The service can be viewed live or at any time after the event. 

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