Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community

Hoosiers of many faiths in community

Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC):
Hoosiers of many faiths in community

 Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
April 25, 2015 

  • To meet people and learn about the various faiths within
  • Religions for Peace
  • Meet your neighbor” for an open house
  • To resolving conflicts, caring for the earth, the sick the needy, and promoting peaceful coexistence among all people

Hindu Temple of Central Indiana:

“Round and Round We Go” — History, beliefs and practices of Hinduism

We have a a great chance to learn about Hinduism on Sunday April 12. At 9:30 am CIC Founding Board Chair Don Knebel kicks of his five part series “Images of the Divine” with “Round and Round We Go,” a discussion of Hinduism. Then in the afternoon go for the tour of the newly expanded Hindu temple, the first in the Center for Interfaith Cooperation’s Sacred Spaces tour.

 CIC seeks to build a community that pursues peace through interfaith understanding and cooperation

“Religious communities are, without question, the largest and best organized civil institutions in the world today, claiming the allegiance of billions of believers and bridging the divides of race, class, and nationality.

INTERFAITH BOARD MEETS AT SIKH GURDWARA

Kanwal Prakash Singh

 Members of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC) Board met at the Sikh Gurdwara (Acton Road Temple, Indianapolis) on March 26th as a part of CIC’s commitment to learn about various faiths, create better understanding between faith communities, and to develop initiatives to serve central Indiana. The Board Members observed the traditions of the Sikh faith, listened to a sacred hymn: “Na ko beri nahain begana sugul sung hum ko bun aiyee – No one is my enemy and nor is anyone a stranger; I get along with everyone” sung by Ragi Joginder Singh group in the Sanctuary, and enjoyed delicious Punjabi snacks and tea.

 Such visits affirm the growing interest among faith communities to learn about the tradition and culture of different faiths. This is a very welcome change that acknowledges the presence of many faiths in the spiritual landscape of Indiana and the Nation.

 Maninder Singh Walia, President of the Sikh Satsang, was formally elected to the Board of CIC during the meeting. Several members of the Sikh community including Baljit and Chirjeev Oberoi, Amandeep Sidhu, Giani Pritam Singh, Maninder Walia, Janice Singh, Harpreet Sandhu, and the Ragis assisted in welcoming and reception of the distinguished guests representing many faith traditions including: Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Mormon, Christian, Jain, Buddhist, Baha’i, and Sikh.

 KP Singh, a CIC Board Member and a long-time Indianapolis resident, served as coordinator for CIC’s visit; provided an overview of Sikh faith, culture and community, assisted by other members of the Satsang. This was a historic and proud first for the CIC Board and the Sikh Satsang. This was a wonderful experience of sharing and fellowship.

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