ASC President joins interfaith prayer in solidarity against hate in Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Gurdas Singh at the Interfaith Prayer at St. John’s Cathedral, Cleveland, OH

On Sunday April 28, 2019, American Sikh Council (ASC) ASC President Dr. Gurdas Singh attended the Inter-faith prayer service in solidarity and against hate in memory of the Christians killed in the Sri Lankan attack by terrorists, which was held at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Cleveland, OH. Dr. Gurdas Singh represented the Sikh Faith along-with representatives from the Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Hindu faith traditions.

The memorial prayer service was led by the host, Reverend Nelson J. Perez, bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, OH. Bishop Perez welcomed all to the interfaith service, which he said was a sign of “solidarity and respect for our brothers and sisters of other faiths.”

There were over 200 attendees, including 40-50 Sri-Lankan Christians. Few of the Sri Lankan Christians were singing in the choir with a different hymn being recited in between every speaker. Each speaker spoke for a few minutes sharing their condolences and prayers from their scripture or faith traditions while sharing it with the audience.

Dr.Gurdas Singh offered prayers and solace by quoting from the Sri Guru Granth Sahibji.

The event was to remember the nearly 300 people killed and about 500 injured in the Easter bombings of three churches – two Catholic and one Christian charismatic and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. The victims in the churches were attending Mass or Easter services and some were preparing to receive their First Communion.

Various leaders at the Cathedral

The event was to remember the nearly 300 people killed and about 500 injured in the Easter bombings of three churches – two Catholic and one Christian charismatic and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. The victims in the churches were attending Mass or Easter services and some were preparing to receive their First Communion.

The entire event was from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

The service was coordinated by Sister Rita Mary Harwood, SND secretary for parish life and development in the Diocese of Cleveland, and Father Joe Hilinski, pastor of St. Barbara Church in Cleveland and diocesan delegate for ecumenical and interfaith affairs.

Dr.Gurdas Singh speaking

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