Friday June 23, 2017 05:14 AM EST

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

Interfaith Gatherings and Vigils


Photo Source:

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

>> Launch Gallery

Photo Source:

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

>> Launch Gallery

Photo Source:

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

>> Launch Gallery

Photo Source:

Candle Light Vigil at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis.

>> Launch Gallery

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.

The author is an architect, artist and activist. He can be reached at

Commentaries are the opinions of the authors, and not necessarily that of Sikh News Network.

Please LOGIN or REGISTER to leave comments



more stories...


Vaisakhi: Birth of Guru Nanak and of the Khalsa

Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 | 11:56 PM

Status of Sikhs in the Army

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 | 10:56 PM

Maj. Kalsi Asks For US Military to Open Doors to Sikhs

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 | 10:40 AM

American Sikh Congressional Caucus

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 | 10:13 PM

Sponsored Links

Reach Us
  • Call Us
  • Mail Us
    Sikh News Network
    National Press Building
    529 14th Street, NW
    Suite 950
    Washington, D.C. 20045
  • Contact Us

© 2001-2013 Sikh News Network, LLC

Help |  Contact Us

Site designed and maintained by Akal Purakh Technologies
This page is best viewed in Internet Explorer 9, Firefox and Chrome