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Portland, OR Sikhs reach out to local religious community

"Pawneet Sethi, a Portland Sikh, talks about wrapping his uncut hair in a turban. Many Sikhs refuse to cut their hair as a sign of respect for God'€™s creation. Sethi spoke at '€œLet the Light Shine', an annual lecture series at St. James Lutheran Church in downtown Portland." (Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian)

“Pawneet Sethi, a Portland Sikh, talks about wrapping his uncut hair in a turban. Many Sikhs refuse to cut their hair as a sign of respect for God’€™s creation. Sethi spoke at ‘€œLet the Light Shine’, an annual lecture series at St. James Lutheran Church in downtown Portland.” (Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian)

A recent article in The Oregonian shares a story about an education session at St. James Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon, in which Pawneet Sethi, a member of the local Sikh community, provides the church’s congregation with an overview about the Sikh faith:

“Sikhs have a responsibility to talk about their faith practice with outsiders, he says, “but it’s freaking me out.”

The audience of 25 chuckled at his confession and then listened intently as he walked them through the historical roots of Sikhism.

It was this same Sikh community who lost their place of worship in a fire last October. While still under investigation, it is believed that the fire was started by an electrical issue in the building during its renovation.

Read more at OregonLive.

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