Student Faith Groups Celebrate Together at Gratitude Service

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, it has become a tradition for students representing different faith groups to gather at the Bowdoin Chapel for an Interfaith Service of Gratitude and Thanksgiving.

This year, students from the Muslim Student Association, Bowdoin Quakers, Bowdoin Orthodox Association, Bowdoin Hillel, The Inklings and Catholic Student Union offered a prayer or reading at the service. A few also shared their personal thoughts about gratitude.

In addition, Dhivya Singaram ’17 spoke about her family’s Hindu tradition. Bob Ives, director of religious and spiritual life, gave the welcome and introduction. Reza Jalali, who is University of Southern Maine’s multicultural student affairs coordinator, ended the service with a “blessing of departure.” Carissa Brown played the organ prelude and postlude. Student performers included solo pianist Chuying Luo ’16, the Bowdoin Longfellows and the Bowdoin Community Gospel Choir.

Slideshow: Overheard at a Thorne Thanksgiving

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Each year Moulton Union and Thorne Hall lay out an early — and huge — Thanksgiving feast for students (the menu for the spread here). See more photos and read quotes from the eager diners.

Infographic: Bowdoin Thanksgiving By The Numbers

Thanksgiving by the numbers

VIDEO: Happy Thanksgiving from Bowdoin

Among our many blessings is the simple beauty of this place. Wishing you and your families a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

SHOT LIST: Bowdoin Quad; Bowdoin Chapel; Harriet Beecher Stowe House; Back Campus; Land’s End (Bailey Island); Massachusetts Hall; Bowdoin Polar Bear Statue; Giant Stairs (Bailey Island); Coastal Studies Center (Orr’s Island); Walker Art Building; Merrymeeting Bay; Bowdoin Quad (3); Androscoggin River; Land’s End (Bailey Island); Hubbard Hall; Casco Bay; Bowdoin Chapel