Thanksgiving Service 2020

Hyde Park & Kenwood Interfaith Council Thanksgiving 2020 Program: 
Welcome Videos by:
HP&K Interfaith Council President and Dean Maurice Charles of Rockefeller Chapel
Music by:
Chicago Children’s Choir and Chicago Chorale
University Organist, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel  Thomas Weisflog
University Carillonneur, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel   Joey Brink

Keynote presentation by:
Najeeba Syeed
Associate Professor, Muslim and Interreligious Studies
Chicago Theological Seminary
Sharing from various Faith communities including:
Kenwood United Church of Christ, United Church of Hyde Park, Sirat Chicago, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Hyde Park, Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation, Hyde Park Union Church, University Church, Baha’i Community of Hyde Park, First Unitarian Church of Chicago, St. Makarios the Great Orthodox Mission, and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
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Professor Najeeba Syeed is a recognized leader in peacebuilding and twice received the Jon Anson Ford Award for reducing violence and was named Southern California Mediation Association’s “Peacemaker of the Year” in 2007. Her scholarship has reflected on the role of Muslim peacebuilding, interfaith just peacemaking and diplomacy, and Islamic spiritual formation for peacemaking. More

Chicago Chorale is a professional-level ensemble of singers who cultivate their craft out of genuine love and dedication, giving freely of their time and talent. The Chorale enriches the lives of those in its community by broadening awareness of and deepening emotional connection to great choral music.

The ensemble gives sensitive and thought-provoking performances of a diverse choral repertoire, from well-loved works to overlooked masterpieces to newly commissioned pieces. Chicago Chorale selects music that will challenge and thrill listeners and performers alike, and maintains a commitment to artistic excellence and integrity. Chicago Chorale is led by founder and Artistic Director Bruce Tammen and Managing Director Megan Balderston. View virtual performances at

Chicago Children’s Choir (Josephine Lee, President and Artistic Director) is a non-profit organization that inspires and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to become global citizens through music. Founded in Hyde Park in direct response to the Civil Rights Movement in 1956, CCC has grown from one choir into a vast network of in-school and after school programs serving nearly 5,000 students across the city of Chicago.

CCC has impacted the lives of more than 50,000 diverse youth throughout its 64-year history. Since its founding, CCC has focused on building programs that reflect the racial and economic diversity of Chicago. Eighty percent of youth served are from low-to-moderate income homes, with over 4,000 students annually participating completely free of charge. All singers in CCC programs receive some level of subsidy. High school seniors enrolled in CCC have a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate, becoming global ambassadors who carry on CCC’s core values in a wide array
of professional fields.

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Previous Speakers | 2019 TG Service | 2018 TG Service

Nearly every year since 1928, there has been a Thanksgiving Day service at Rockefeller Chapel. The event was started by the Council of Hyde Park Churches and Synagogues, which later became the Hyde Park & Kenwood Interfaith Council. We love having this event each year, and have had amazing speakers over the years! By clicking the links below, you can check the full list of speakers and go through the programs of each year’s Thanksgiving celebration.