S.Davinder Singh, S.Laj Kaur, S.Sonia Kaur with guests from the Unitarian Congregation
American Sikh Council (ASC) along-with Sikh Resource Society (SRS) representatives S.Sonia Kaur, S.Laj Kaur and S.Davinder Singh held a presentation and a Gurdwara tour for the 7th graders, 8th graders and their families from the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Oak Park, IL at the Sikh Religious Society Gurdwara, Palatine, IL on March 18, 2018.
A group of 15 youth and adults from the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Park, IL came to observe, and learn about Sikhs and their way of life.
While having a dialogue with the visitors about Sikh ethics, ethos, ideology, way of life, and history; the guests were amazed at how aligned their ideology was with the Sikh ideology.
S.Davinder Singh spoke about the Sikh New Year and the significance of the Nanakshahi Calendar as the Sikh New Year was on March 14, 2018 (1Chet – Nanakshahi).
The adults and younger guests had many questions about current events and issues on how Sikhs envision gun violence, homosexuality, Sikhs and the military, Sikh ideology in politics, women’s rights and gender equality.
After an hour of introduction to the course on the Sikh heritage, a Q & A session was led by S. Sonia Kaur, S. Laj Kaur, and S. Davinder Singh the group was given a tour and a chance to see the concepts of langar, and equality in action at the Gurdwara Sahib.
Some of the guests from the Unitarian congregation having langar at the Palatine Gurdwara
The group observed and mentioned that it is fascinating seeing men and women working together in multiple facets of the services, langar seva, and how the atmosphere was very inviting and comfortable.
The participants’ part-took in langar and really immersed themselves in the pangat.
Many of the 7th and 8th grade children were excited to try on a dastaar. One father, who had his son Allen try on a dastaar, stated the following, “Do you know what we enjoyed the most? Having a turban tied, followed by the langar and what it represents! Thank you for this experience.”
The event was scheduled for a one hour tour, ended up going from 10:30 am to 1 pm. The guests not only showed genuine interest but also left with a new sense of familiarity and promising to come again.
S.Davinder Singh tying a dastaar on a 7th grader at the Palatine Gurdwara