Gathering in gratitude

For the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic, Fresno Pacific students, staff and faculty gather for the university's traditional Thanksgiving luncheon.

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By Maddy Ward
Syrinx Guest Writer
For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic struck in 2020, Fresno Pacific University hosted its traditional Thanksgiving luncheon for the campus community. About 400 students, staff and faculty attended the Nov. 22 event celebrating the start of the holiday season at the university’s Special Events Center. “The tradition of the Thanksgiving Luncheon has continued for many decades here at Fresno Pacific,” the university’s Student Life department declared in a statement. “We gather as a campus community to welcome all our international students to the American tradition of sharing in the Thanksgiving meal and fellowship.” The luncheon featured an international Parade of Flags to honor and recognize students attending Fresno Pacific from around the world. The event, sponsored through a donation from the FPU board of trustees to cover the cost of the food, also included a performance by Christian illusionist Brady Lee. “The lunch provides a time for the community to engage with one another and to reflect on the diversity of culture we all represent here in this community,” according to the Student Life statement. “In addition, it is a time to celebrate and express gratitude for one another.”
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