A reader sends in this photo of a new mural on the side of a business in a main thoroughfare in Sacramento, California. The large painting features a depiction of Guru Nanak (far left), the founder of Sikhism, alongside representations of figures from other faith traditions all on a rainbow background (the color pattern could also be representative of times of day and night).
Harvard University’s Pluralism Project recently released “America’s Interfaith Infrastructure“, a pilot survey of interfaith activity in 20 American cities: For twenty years, the Pluralism Project has followed the development of America’s fast-changing religious landscape and studied new forms of civic and interfaith relationships. The events of 9/11 demonstrated the importance of interfaith groups already formed; in the ensuing decade we have witnessed the growth of hundreds of new interfaith initiatives. Given this rapid expansion, what we might describe as the […]
Last week, I sat on a panel discussion at an interfaith seminary in Berkeley, California, in front of a class of chaplaincy students where we discussed interfaith work at the ground level and the implications of that work. I participated on this panel on behalf of the Sikh Coalition as a representative of the Sikh faith. Four other panel members represented various Christian traditions and interfaith organizations. I had gone to this event with the hopes to educate the class […]
TV station KABC in San Francisco reports on St. Anthony’s Church bringing together six faith groups (including Sikhs) to serve the needy on Thanksgiving: “So often in the news today what we hear are different faiths struggling with each other or saying one is bringing another down. We’re saying, ‘You know what? We all work together for the good of our brothers and sisters who struggle,’” says St. Anthony’s Executive Director Shari Roeseler. It’s the true expression of faith when […]
The Interfaith Association of Central Ohio is celebrating 25 years of bringing different religious groups together in their community: “There is a fear of the unknown,” said Jindal. “If you know each other, then there is no fear.” The organization brings together eight different religions (including Sikhism) and engages in activities in the Columbus area to educate the public and foster respect and harmony among the different faith groups. That they have done this work for 25 years within their community is inspiring!
Like many Sikh communities around the United States, the Sikhs around Redding, California are having a parade to celebrate the birth of Guru Nanak (born 1469), the founder of Sikhism. It’s not only Sikhs who are taking part in this parade, however: For the first time, the parade will include Native American drummers and dancers from the Local Indians for Education center in Shasta Lake. Center Director Rod Lindsay said he felt it was important to participate in the event […]
According to organizers of “Langar for Needy” they [Glide Memorial Church] were very excited to have the Sikh community as a partner and are offering full support. Bruce McKinney, Coordinator at Glide Memorial, is looking forward to have some Indian food on the menu. To commemorate the birth of Guru Nanak in 1469 (the founder of Sikhism), United Sikhs and the Fremont Gurdwara (Sikh temple) are partnering with San Francisco’s Glide Memorial Church to provide a free meal to the […]