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Kanwal Prakash Singh | Indianapolis, Indiana
Posted: 01:55 PM | September 18, 2012

Interfaith Gatherings and Vigils

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Rabbi Dennis Sasso of Congregation Beth-El-Zedick addressing the sangat.

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Pot-luck dinner at the First United Church of Bloomington.

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Candle-light vigil at the Sikh Temple Indianapolis, Acton Road.

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Candle Light Vigil at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis.

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Since the painful events that the Wisconsin gurdwara last month, there have been many moving, warm and friendly interfaith gatherings, prayer vigils, and thoughtful discussions about the Sikh faith, culture, and community at places of worship and civic venues.

The expressions of support and solidarity have been amazing. The interest to learn from and about each other has been very reassuring. We are grateful for this spontaneous outpouring of kindness and friendship. It gives us pause to reflect on the past Sikh American challenges in the light of renewed interest.

We find in this an opportunity to network to create better understanding, build new friendships, and discover our common hopes and ideals that unite us at many levels and remind us of our intertwined destiny as Americans and as members of One Human Family.

I also made a presentation on Aug. 25 at the First United Church of Bloomington to highlighted the central philosophy, spiritual commandments, and daily prayer of the Sikhs for the entire Creation: "In Your Name, By Your Grace, may there be peace, and goodwill among all people everywhere."

We are reminded this as a mandate for each of us to see God's Light in all and to respect everyone as One God's Children. When we study other religions and their sacred scriptures, we can see an unmistakable echo of similar prayers in all major faith traditions.

On behalf of the central Indiana Sikh Americans, we thank Rev. Jack Skiles, and Rev. Caela Wood, Amber Kennedy Kent, and all others who made the visit of their Sikh friends a wonderful experience. The pot-luck dinner was a beautiful idea. Sharing a meal is a universal blessing and has a very deep significance in the Sikh faith tradition.

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The author is an architect, artist and activist. He can be reached at kp@kpsinghdesigns.com

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