Programs and Initiatives

Thank You Note Project

The Thank You Note Project encourages people to write and share their Thank You Notes with the person they want to express gratitude to as well as the world.

Saying “Thank You” only takes a moment, but it’s one of the most important interactions in our society. For both the thanker and the thanked, the act of expressing gratitude fulfills a psychological need to share and feel appreciation.

Starting with Santa, we introduced children to the social etiquette of saying “Thank You.” Now the site has expanded to allow you to give thanks to anyone!

It’s a place for kids and kids at heart to share their thanks. As the year progresses, we will send email reminders to ask for continued participation to say “Thank You” to friends, mothers, fathers, peers and more.

Write a thank you note now!

Please visit thankyounoteproject.com.
You can also follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ThankYouNote

Interfaith Council Congregational Visits

Individual faith groups invite the Interfaith Council to tour the sacred spaces and learn about the faith tradition.

Through this effort, there is relationship building and a greater understanding between and among different traditions. The Council averages three visits per year. Congregations visited include: Ismaili Jamatkhana, Baha’i Center, Mormon Center, Greek Orthodox Church, Sikh Temple, Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas, Park Cities Baptist Church, Zoroastrian Center, Flower Mound, Temple Emanu-El.

Gratitude on Veterans Day

Each year close to National Veterans days the Interfaith Council invites selected veterans past wars to bring their stories of gratitude.

The purpose is to embrace those who returned, to learn from them, and to show appreciation for their sacrifices. Past events include a VA Dallas Medical Center day of service and visiting with senior returnees from World War II, Vietnam, Afghanistan.

Interfaith Council Days of Service

The Interfaith Council members provide a day of service at least two times a year in local agencies.

The two-way purpose is to expose the interfaith council to the needs that must be addressed in the community and to educate the agencies that we serve about the diversity of this community and Interfaith Council. Past events include service with HungerBuster, Hope of Cathedral, Austin Street Shelter, VA Dallas Medical Center

Expressions of Gratitude Arts Competition

The Expressions of Gratitude Arts Competition is on a hiatus while attention is focused on the rejuvenation and renovation of Thanks-Giving Square.  Plans for the re-launch of this program will be announced in the future. 

In the fall of 2014 more than 600 students from kindergarten through 12th grade submitted their entries for the 10th annual Expressions of Gratitude Arts Competition. In January 2015 the students received awards during a ceremony hosted by the Nasher Sculpture Center. The winners were chosen based on how poignantly they expressed their gratitude for the Golden Rule through art, essay and dance. Judges from major museums, publications, educational institutions, the public library, dance companies, and individual artists made the selections. Students were awarded cash prizes for themselves and for their teachers or schools to purchase classroom supplies. Winning entries were exhibited at Thanks-Giving Square during the spring and winter holiday season and later traveled to other venues. 

Click Here to see the 2014 Winners

National Day of Prayer

On the first Thursday of each May, The Thanks-Giving Foundation and Interfaith Council celebrate a community-wide recognition of the National Day of Prayer — a time at which multiple faith groups share their prayers for the nation. This day is celebrated in Dallas with a special luncheon program calling all faith groups together to celebrate common ground as United States residents. The program often includes presentations from area youth and inspiring messages from honored speakers. Proceeds from the luncheon are used to further the work of The Thanks-Giving Foundation, including Thanks-Giving Square and the Interfaith Council.

Click here to learn more about this year’s event.

Interfaith Council Speaker Series

The Interfaith Council sponsors community-wide speaker series events, which feature specialists on current topics of interest. The purpose is to expand educational information to differing segments of the community.

Past Events:

  • Dr. Richard Brettell – Thanks-Giving Square: Landscape and Architecture
  • Janessa Gans Wilder – CEO of Euphrates Institute, who spoke on positive techniques of conflict resolution.
  • Jane Allen Petrick – Norman Rockwell and messages of diversity

Upcoming Events:

Dr. Jeff Gusky, volunteer photographer for National Geographic and Smithsonian, presents on “Finding Hope in Time of Terror” on September 11, 2017.

Festival of Faiths

Spring Festival of Faiths

During the spring month of March, the Interfaith Council celebrates many of the traditions that acknowledge rituals of the season. This festival includes an exhibit, food sampling, music, ceremonies and presentations from various faiths. The purpose is to share commonalities and difference between faith groups and to appreciate the mutual recognition of the rituals. This event is free and open to the community. 

Past Events:

Upcoming Events:

TBD

Winter Festival of Faiths

Celebrate the onset of winter with religious and cultural expressions of joy. The Winter Festival of Faiths at is a free community event showcasing faith traditions through dance, song, music and more.

Past Events:

  • December 22, 2014
  • December 16, 2015
  • December 19, 2016 (Download Program)
  • December 18, 2017

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Upcoming Events:

December 19, 2018