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Langar being served by Sikh volunteers of Sikh Religious Society of Chicago (Photo courtesy of WSC-AR)

Press Release: The World Sikh Council America Region (WSC-AR) participated in the first National Gathering of Religious Leaders held January 23 25, 2006 in Chicago.
The meeting was organized by Religions for Peace (RFP) USA for the primary purpose of bringing together senior leaders representing national religious organizations to build relationships amongst them and their communities for fostering societal progress.
The highlight of the national event was the langar (Sikh community meal) served on the evening of January 24 by the Sikh Religious Society of Chicago at Palatine (member organization of WSC-AR since 1996). Volunteers from the Palatine Gurdwara Sahib prepared the langar meal and served it with utmost reverence to the religious leaders in attendance who sat cross-legged on white sheets on the floor with their heads covered with scarves. The langar served at the gathering emphasized the inherent equality of all human beings irrespective of religious affiliation, creed, race, ethnicity, gender, etc.

Mr. Surinderpal Singh, Vice-Chairperson of WSC-AR, who led the Sikh delegation at the meeting reflected, ?This landmark gathering was an opportunity to build deep and long-lasting relationships among the senior representatives of national religious organizations so that we can work towards developing closer collaborations among our diverse national religious organizations.
Dr. Anahat Kaur, Chair of the WSC-AR Education Committee, facilitated a discussion group focusing on concerns and priorities of religious leaders in the US. Dr. Kaur remarked, ?The beauty of the event was the sincere attitude of collaboration expressed by so many religious representatives. We prayed and laughed together. This first gathering has helped us to get to know each other better and work towards building bridges for healing this imperfect world of ours.  She further added that ?without justice the world will not know peace.
Dr. Tarunjit Singh, Chair of the WSC-AR Interfaith Committee and a member of RFP-USA?s Executive Council was a panelist on the evening session of Jan 24 after the langar on the theme of ?Role of US Religious Leaders in the 21st Century.  Other fellow panelists were Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick (Stated Clerk, Presbyterian Church USA), Rev. William Sinkford (President, Unitarian Universalist Association), and Dr. David Elcott (US Director, American Jewish Committee). Dr. Singh emphasized in his remarks that ?our roles as faith representatives are complimentary to one another and not in competition with each other? and challenged the religious leaders of the present and future to be ?more transformational and less transactional.
About 50 organizational representatives from nearly a dozen faith traditions participated in the gathering. More than a dozen of these were the most senior religious leaders of their traditions / organizations. Some of the organizations represented at the conference included the National Council of Churches, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Presbyterian Church USA, Armenian Church in America, Unitarian Universalist Association, Orthodox Church in America, Focolare Movement, Union for Reform Judaism, American Jewish Committee, Islamic Society of North America, The Mosque Cares, American Muslim Alliance, American Muslim Council, Sokka Gakkai International, Rissho Kosei-kai, Buddha Light International Association, International Society of Krishna Consciousness, Federation of Jain Associations in North America, National Spiritual Assembly of Bahai?s, and World Sikh Council America Region, among others.
The World Sikh Council America Region has been a member organization of Religion for Peace ?USA since 2003. During the conference, Faith and Values Media showcased a publicity commercial for RFP-USA which includes Mr. Harpreet Singh, a member of the WSC-AR governing board from 2003 to 2005. The commercial will be broadcast repeatedly in the next few months on the Hallmark Cable Channel.
Religions for Peace (RFP) - USA is a coalition comprised of leaders from over 50 U.S. religious communities and is one of 55 national chapters of Religions for Peace International. RFP-USA operates on the conviction that multi-religious cooperation and common action can be powerful instruments in the quest for constructive social development, justice, reconciliation, and peace.
The World Sikh Council America Region (WSC-AR) is a representative and elected body of Sikh Gurdwaras and institutions in the United States. Its members include 40 Gurdwaras (Sikh places of worship) and other Sikh institutions across the nation. WSC-AR works to promote Sikh interests at the national and international level focusing on issues of advocacy, education, and well-being of humankind.

Member Gurdwaras of WSC-AR include Gurudwaras listed on

World Sikh Council America Region (WSC-AR)
P.O. Box 3635, Columbus, Ohio 43210, USA
Phone: 614-210-0591






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