Sikhism: Demystifying the World’s Fifth Largest Religion

Sikhism: Demystifying the World’s Fifth Largest Religion

Dates: Saturday, May 1, 2021
9:30 am - 5:00 pm ET
Available by: Join by Videoconference or Watch Online Recordings (learn more about videoconference)
Price: General Public: $ 100.00 | One Spirit Graduates: $ 90.00
One Spirit Elective Credit: 1.0

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Sikhism is the fifth-largest organized religion in the world, yet many books on religion devote little space to it. Who are the Sikhs, what do they believe, and how do they experience the Divine?

Established in the latter part of the 15th century by Guru Nanak, this relatively young religion is based in the love of a universal God. Key values include social justice, human rights, and religious freedom for people of all religions. A core tenet of Sikhism is seva (selfless service), and Sikhs across the world practice this in many forms, including providing free meals and lending a helping hand as needed--testaments to a belief system that demonstrates true dedication to its values.

This one-day workshop will offer participants the opportunity not only to add Sikhism to their knowledge of world religions but also to

  • Experience Sikh prayer/meditation
  • Explore the importance of Sikh sacred scriptures, the Guru Granth Sahib Participate in performance of religious hymns (keertan)
  • Learn about important contributions of Sikhs to the world
  • Understand the social challenges Sikh communities are facing

    FACULTY:

    Simran Jeet Singh

    Simran Jeet Singh

    Dr. Simran Jeet Singh is an educator, writer, activist, and scholar who speaks regularly on issues of diversity, inclusion and equity. Simran is currently based at Union Seminary, and he’s the first Sikh wire-service columnist in US history. He is the author of Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Run a Marathon, which is the first-ever children’s book from a major publisher (Penguin Random House) to center a Sikh story. Simran is also writing an adult non-fiction book for Riverhead (Penguin Random House) on Sikh wisdom to help navigate today’s contentious world.
    Current Appointments:
    • Visiting Professor, Union Seminary
    • Columnist, Religion News Service
    • Host, ‘Spirited’
    • Senior Fellow, Sikh Coalition
    • Chaplain, New York University & Columbia University
    • Governor Cuomo’s Interfaith Advisory Committee
    • Elizabeth Warren’s Interfaith Advisory Council

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    If you have questions about registering for this course, please contact One Spirit Learning Alliance by email to [email protected] or call 212-931-6840.