Sikhs Had Strong Presence in Activities and Planning of Parliament of Religions

July 22, 2004

Source: Sikh News Network

On July 22, 2004 the Sikh News Network reported, "A uniquely impressive assembly of spiritual intellectuals and activists celebrated the quad-centennial of the first installation of the Sikh scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib. Against the awe-inspiring background of a sparkling ocean, over a hundred Sikh scholars mingled with 8000 other delegates from 75 countries representing over a hundred spiritual and religious traditions. Several hundred additional Sikh devotees attended the meeting to exhibit their solidarity and to make themselves known on the global scene. They were there in record numbers offering an impressive gamut of programs and presentations. The occasion was the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions. The Parliament met in Barcelona from [July] 6-14, 2004, to deepen spirituality, and foster understanding and respect in the midst of diversity of beliefs in the newly emerging global environments...Sikhs were major partners in the organization of the Parliament of the World’s Religions...There were Sikh members on various planning committees. Sikhs were active in organizing the pre-Parliament meeting in New Delhi, Vancouver, Chicago, and Dallas. Local Sikh congregations of Barcelona worked for months to assist in myriads of projects to help the organizers of the parliament in holding this meeting."