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Date: 15th October 2015: Sikh Contribution at the Parliament of World's Religions

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The Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions (2015), is taking place from 15th – 19th October at Salt Lake City, and the preparation of the event has started with a lot of excitement. All faith traditions have been represented, with delegates arriving from across the globe.

 

From the Sikh faith, volunteers have come together to host Langar. This spiritual practice is described by a Canadian Sikh volunteer, (Gursev Singh). as: “The Gurmukhi word for free community kitchen but it has a deeper meaning. Langar is a way to nourish the body and the soul; it is prepared with a lot of love, holy scriptures being read and meditation being done.”

 

This is not the first time Sikhs have taken this role in the Parliament. In 2004, they hosted Langar in Barcelona during the 4th Parliament. 11 years later and the event is still remembered.

 

 “Barcelona Langar showed the parliament event was effective. Around half a dozen people have already come up to me and spoken about Barcelona.  Seeing people here still remembering that is amazing. Hopefully people will walk away from this event with the same feeling.” (Jugjeet Singh, Sikh Volunteer).

 

This event has a special meaning for the Sikh community. They describe the joy and love they feel when serving, and the compassion they are taught through this act of giving. To be able to share the event with people of other faiths appears to have given it greater significance, and helped to enhance their own faith.

 

They are welcoming volunteers from all faiths to join them with the service, and have also been sharing Langar with other organisations and communities while they set up for the Parliament. They describe it simply as a free lunch, and any visitor in their space is immediately offered a seat beside them.

 

“I always find these programs overwhelming.  I’ll be really happy seeing everyone gathering together, getting on well with each other and we try to make sure everyone gets involved”. (Harjinder Singh, Sikh Volunteer).

 

The Sikh community will also have an exhibition based on the Parliament theme: “reclaiming the heart of our humanity”, and will be partaking in numerous conferences and seminars throughout the 5 day event.

 

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