"Giving Thanks" Dinner
What better way to express the importance and joy of the Thanksgiving holiday than to commune with friends and family?
Atlantic Institute hosted its first annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Istanbul Cultural Center on Friday, November 21, 2014. The evening began with an introduction and warm welcome by Mr. Kemal Korucu, Director of Interfaith Affairs and followed with two wonderful speakers: Dr. Loyd Allen & Dr. John Ford.
As guests began to settle in their seats, Dr. Allen gave a brief explanation of the historical significance of "thanksgiving" and explained what it means today. Dr. Ford spoke more of the cultural importance of the holiday and encouragingly spoke of future holidays to come. After the featured speakers, friendships were made as guests enjoyed a delicious, well-prepared meal by gracious volunteers. The exuberant atmosphere was filled with laughter and enlightening conversation. The night ended with traditional holiday desserts of pumpkin, pecan and apple pie.
A big thank you goes to everyone who brought donations for the Atlanta Community Food Bank! Tens of pounds will be delivered to families in need this holiday season, thanks to all of you!
Dr. Loyd Allen holds the Sylvan Hills Baptist Church Chair of Baptist History at Mercer University’s James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. He has taught in higher education for over twenty years and is the author of numerous publications, including the books You are a Great People and Crossroads in Christian Growth.
Dr. John Ford is the former Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life at Emory University. He currently serves as a member of Atlantic Institute's Advisory Board.