KP Singh on 2020 Interfaith Banquet
KP Singh knows a thing or two about Interfaith Banquets — he was the 2015 Interfaith Ambassador. He reports on this year’s Banquet honoring Betty Brandt.
The ornate Indiana Roof Ballroom was the setting for the 6th Annual “Interfaith Ambassador of the Year” Banquet.
Over 450 guests representing a rich diversity of faiths and spiritual traditions and faith organizations attended the gala celebration. Former recipients of this prestigious Award – Don Knebel, Imam Michael Saahir, and KP Singh attended the Banquet; we missed the other distinguished recipients of this honor – Sister Norma Rocklage, Rabbis Dennis Sasso and Sandy Sasso.
A beautiful Tribute booklet carried special messages lauding the work and initiatives of the honoree Betty Brandt from Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb, U.S. Senator Todd Young, Mayor Joe Hogsett, Mayor Jim Brainard, U.S. Congressman André Carson, U.S. Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks, and many faith and community leaders and organizations.
The Program included a video tribute and video messages from faith leaders and leaders of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC) that is the key sponsor of the Banquet and many faith-related programs throughout the year. Betty Brandt was presented the Award by Imam Michael Saahir and the CIC Board Chair, Judge David Shaheed. The honors included an exquisite artwork “The Cathedrals of Spirit” created by Indiana artist, author, and CIC founding member, KP Singh. Rev. Kent Millard, former Chief Pastor of the St. Luke United Methodist Church served as the Master of Ceremonies.
The speakers brought home the significance of the interfaith movement to our future as a Nation and our world; the idea that has an honored tradition and testimony in Sikh faith and heritage. The idea of learning about others’ faiths as the key to greater understanding and thoughtful cooperation, critical advocacy, and community engagement was highlighted by speakers and in the messages of leaders in the Tribute booklet.