“Love and care for our neighbors is at the heart of the Christian mission, especially during the season of Thanksgiving, when we give thanks for our many blessings.”

— The Very Reverend Randy Hollerith, Cathedral Dean



Thanksgiving Basket Drive 2019

The Cathedral Congregation, in partnership with Covenant Baptist Church/UCC, Friendship Place, First Baptist Church, and others, is organizing to provide Thanksgiving dinners for families in need throughout the city. Join with the Cathedral staff and other friends in the community by helping us go even further in 2019.

Last year, the Cathedral congregation delivered 1,325 meals through partners around the region – a combination of donated “baskets” and funds raised to purchase turkeys and additional food. Help us reach even more of our friends and neighbors in 2019!

Ways to Help:

Contribute “Baskets”
  • Sign up (through Sunday, Nov. 17) to prepare and contribute one or more “baskets” of designated non-perishable food items
  • Deliver “baskets” (in sturdy reusable grocery bags with handles) to the Cathedral on Sunday, November 24
Donate funds to purchase turkeys and additional baskets
  • ONLINE:  Give online now
  • IN PERSON: Give cash or checks at the Congregation Table beginning Sunday, Oct. 20
  • VIA TEXT:  Text the amount you want to give and “thanksgiving” to: 202-856-9005 (example: text “50 thanksgiving”)
Volunteer to help
  • Volunteers are needed for basket assembly at Covenant Baptist Church and the Cathedral, and for basket delivery to community partners. Multiple dates are available.
  • Sign up to volunteer


Drop off your Thanksgiving baskets on Sunday, November 24 at the Cathedral Library on South Road.

Questions? Email [email protected]


Participants gather during the Indigenous Peoples Blanket Exercise.

Indigenous Peoples Blanket Exercise:
500 years in 90 Minutes

Sunday, November 24, 2019  •  1 pm

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, deepen your understanding of the denial of Indigenous peoples’ nationhood and human rights in this unique, interactive and participatory history lesson. Developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators, this exercise illuminates the ways Indigenous human rights have been denied since first contact and institutionalized in the most fundamental laws, policies and programs of nation building. During the closing Talking Circle, facilitators support participants in understanding their experience and finding ways to participate in healing and decolonization.

Hosted by the Cathedral Congregation Racial Justice Task Force and led by Vance Blackfox, member of the Cherokee Nation, youth advocate, theologian, and Director of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition.

Please register in advance. Sliding scale donations ($10 and up) requested to cover facilitator costs.

To learn more about the exercise, visit kairosblanketexercise.org.


"Basket" Items

  • 2 cans beans
  • 2 cans corn
  • 2 cans sweet potatoes or candied yams
  • 2 cans cranberry sauce
  • 2 boxes instant mashed potatoes
  • 2 boxes stuffing mix
  • 2 boxes macaroni & cheese
  • 2 cans or packages of gravy
  • Non-perishable dessert, such as cake mix and icing

Thursday, November 28, 2019  •  10 am

Join us on Thanksgiving Day in the Cathedral adorned with the beauty of God’s abundance. We gather to give thanks for the year’s blessings through word and song, offering our prayers for the world. All are welcome.

Please note that this service is NOT a Eucharist. 

Share the blessing of the Cathedral with your family this Thanksgiving with a prayer card to use at your dinner table.

Thanksgiving at the Cathedral