Educational Campaign to Help Sikhs "Share Their Faith With Their Neighbors"

November 5, 2003

Source: The Sikh Council on Religion and Education

On November 5, 2003 The Sikh Council on Religion and Education reported that they have "initiated a nationwide educational campaign to counter ignorance which has resulted in hate crimes and prejudice through special programs to be held from Sunday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 16th of this year, in collaboration with many Sikh Gurdwaras (Sikh House of worship) all over the United States. This event, 'Sharing Your Faith with Your Neighbors' is to coincide with the birth-anniversary of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak... This event is designed specifically for the benefit of non-Sikhs, to observe Sikh religious services, mingle with their Sikh neighbors and friends, and partake of Langar (a community vegetarian meal). 'We are taking definitive action to put an end to the continued perception that Sikhs are related to terrorist activities and to share the growing relationships between all faiths in America,' says SCORE National Director Dr. Rajwant Singh... This Sikh campaign has received support from many quarters. Dr. Diana L. Eck, a noted Harvard Scholar and an author on religious issues in America endorsed this Sikh campaign and said, 'The future of America's religious pluralism depends now on moving from an easy live-and-let-live tolerance to active and energetic interreligious engagement and understanding. The outreach of the Sikh community to neighbors of other faiths is an important initiative. Through the Sharing Your Faith programs, many Americans will have the wonderful opportunity to experience Sikh hospitality for the first time.' She heads The Pluralism Project at Harvard University. In addition American Jewish Committee, one of the oldest and most influential Jewish organizations in America, has supported this education drive."