In the wake of the apparent hate-motivated attack on 82-year-old Piara Singh near Gurdwara Nanaksar (a Sikh house of worship) in Fresno, California almost two weeks ago, members of Jakara Movement Misl Fresno are using pizza as means to engage with the local community in their “Know Your Neighbors” initiative: Local supporters will be sharing pizzas to local communities in appreciation of their support after the hate crime. The initiative is meant to get to know the neighbors better and […]
Last fall, Ohio college student Balpreet Kaur became well-known for her response to a photo of her that was surreptitiously posted to the social website Reddit: The object of the photo was an attempt at mockery. Among the first 100 responses to the posting on Reddit were harsh and derogatory comments about Balpreet Kaur’s facial hair, gender, ethnicity, and religion. And, what began as mockery on one specific website was beginning to spread virally on the internet. Balpreet Kaur’s response […]
Yesterday, in South Bend, Oregon, 300 members of various faith communities came together for an interfaith commemoration of the National Day of Prayer in the United States. Despite. Participant Timothy Erdel, a professor of religion and philosophy, looks at the bigger picture of bringing diverse people together: “What’s most important to us, we may not share in common, but there are still important secondary concerns such as citizenship, peace, duty to neighbors.” Read more at the South Bend Tribune.
Last week, the Sikh Temple of Utah (in Salt Lake City) and the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable hosted an interfaith evening of kirtan and prayer. Today, I was happy to hear from Colleen M. Scott, one of the organizers, who described the evening and shared photos of the event: Dear Mr. Singh, Thank you for featuring the March 6 Utah Sikh Temple service on your website. The Salt Lake Sikh community held the evening service specially for Interfaith Month and […]
I was recently contacted by the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable, an organization in Salt Lake City, Utah that “consists of over 220 individuals working to promote love, harmony, and an increased understanding among persons of all faith traditions, cultures, and belief systems everywhere.” On Wednesday, March 6, the organization is holding an interfaith event at the Sikh Temple of Utah: INTERFAITH MONTH 2013 EVENT: EVENING PRAYER AND KIRTAN (CHANTING) SERVICE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, AT THE SIKH TEMPLE OF UTAH (February […]
According to an e-mail newsletter circulated by United Sikhs (a United Nations-affiliated non-governmental organization), a Sikh American has, for the first time, offered a prayer at the United Nations General Assembly Opening Session. On February 14th, United Sikhs Associate Director Jatinder P. Singh participated in the interfaith service to open the session: “In the company of Saints, all enemies become friends. In the company of saints, man becomes very pure…” He closed the prayer by adding, “ I truly hope […]
“Our work is how do we create a city without sorrow, that’s what harmony is about,’’ he said. “Harmony is not about converting everyone to what you like, but harmony is about working with everyone to create a great society.” — Harinder Singh, of the Sikh Research Institute, comments as the keynote speaker at an interfaith event held by the Interfaith Brotherhood/Sisterhood of Bergen County in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, on Monday. Read more about the event at NorthJersey.com.
For Sikhs around the world, Darbar Sahib, the center of the Sikh faith in Amritsar, India, is held in sacred esteem. Also known as Harmandir Sahib or as the Golden Temple, Sikhs around the world endeavor to visit this place constructed in the early 17th century by Guru Arjan. Such is the devotion of Sikhs to this place that in the 19th century, the Sikh king, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, gilded the upper walls of the structure in gold. After its […]
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A recent study by The Barna Group surveying the topic of religious freedom in the United States suggests that a large proportion of Evangelical Christians believe that their religious freedom is under threat because of a perception that “some groups have actively tried to move society away from traditional Christian values.” An article in Patheos (via @jbarooah) summarizes the study and addresses the perception, providing recommendations for Evangelicals around understanding the difference between dominance and freedom: First, we need to […]