SIKH AMERICANS: AMBASSADORS
OF EQUALITY & RESPECT
The faith community in America is vast and diverse. We are blessed as a nation with the opportunity to celebrate our religious differences and learn from others. One community that is often neglected or mislabeled is Sikhs in America. As we remember the six victims whose lives were taken at the Sikh Temple of Oak Creek seven years ago today, we want to commemorate how the faith lives on. This past month, we took a look at how millennial Sikhs in America are fueled by their faith, and how their faith teaches them love and acceptance.
The Sikh faith is rooted in advocating for those with no voice. It was founded in India in a time of religious persecution on principles of love, equality and bravery. Millennial Sikhs, myself included, continue to spread that message every day here in America.
We are known for our head coverings, which make us continual ambassadors of our faith. We wear them with pride. In men, you will often see uncut hair tied up under a turban, or dastaar. Some women also wear dastaars, but we more commonly keep our locks in a long braid or bun.
Our faith teaches us to see God, or Waheguru, in everyone and to treat everyone with compassion. The Sikh values of respect, honest work and advocacy are American values too, which fuel Sikhs to commit to practicing our faith here in the United States.
Check out other stories of millennial Sikhs who are Fueled by Faith.
Conversations about faith usually center around Christianity, Islam & Judaism. Too often we miss the chance to learn about other faith communities. We are committed to promoting diverse perspectives. Today we’re highlighting the Sikh faith.
By Selena Grover, Communications Summer Intern 2019
Langar on the Hill
The theme of this year’s Langar on the Hill was “Sikhs. Solidarity. Service.” The community demonstrates the united presence of the Sikh community and the commitment to selfless service by giving back to the community through Langar.
Langar is a tradition of equal, communal dining that has been a pillar of the Sikh religion for over 500 years. Langar asks everyone to sit side by side on the ground, regardless of race, religion, gender, caste, or creed, and share a meal. Langar symbolizes the equality, diversity, and unity that has come to define Sikhism.
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