SikhNet at the Parliament of the World’s Religions

SikhNet will take part in this year’s Parliament of the World’s Religions, in part to bring YOU on the ground coverage o...


The Sikh community had quite a presence at the Parliament of the World's Religions in 2015. The Parliament took place from October 15 - October 19th at the Salt Lake City, Utah. SikhNet attended the Parliament to help document the Sikh participation in the conference. Below you can view videos and articles relating to the 2015 Parliament.



Opening Prayer (Sukhmani Sahib) Parliament of World’s Religions given by Dr. Anahat Sandhu


No One Religion Has A Monopoly on Truth - Lord Inderjit Singh


A Game Changer for the Interfaith Movement: Sikhs and Langar

Forgiveness is not Forgetting. Forgiveness is Freedom from Hate. 

Presentation by Valarie Kaur

The Power of Prayer by Pardeep Kaleka and Rahul Dubey from Serve to Unite

Speaking about the attacks against the Sikh Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin


Sikhs at the Parliament of the World's Religions - Slide Show by GuruKirin Kaur Khalsa

SikhNet Articles


A Tale of Two Worlds - by Ek Ong Kaar Kaur

To build peace in the world, people must must must learn to respect each other's faiths. Here in Salt Lake City, education and dialogue are taking place. The Sikh community has done a phenomenal job helping people learn about the Sikh faith, traditions and the issues facing the Sikh community. There is so much that can be said. But let me share some simple highlights from the Sikh presence here during the first two days of the Parliament. Continue...


Reflections from the Parliament of the World's Religions 

- by Simran Jeet Singh

This past weekend I visited Utah to attend the largest interfaith gathering in the world -- the Parliament of the World’s Religions. The Parliament traditionally takes place once every five years, and this was the first time it was hosted in the United States in more than two decades. At a time when we are constantly focusing on the role of religion in violence and anger, it was refreshing to be reminded of how religion can serve as an unbelievable force for good in our world. After a long weekend with more than 10,000 people of faith from around the globe, I am retiring home with three key takeaways. Continue...



How Sikhs Can Learn from Langar at the Parliament of the World's Religions - by Jasvir Kaur

As I walked in Salt Lake City, crowned with my dastar and almond toasted skin, where people look nothing like me, I never expected so many people invading Salt Lake City for the Parliament of World's Religions (PWR) to greet me with folded hands and say, "Sat Siri Akal." They thanked me and remarked, "Sikhs are the most generous people in the world." This is all because of Langar served at PWR to feed 5,000 to 7,000 people a day for 5 days. This was the vision and revolution Guru Nanak created; equality, generosity and feeding the body and soul. This was the vision of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, to associate the turban with oneness of humankind and His saroop upholding principles of a saint and protector. People of many faiths were moved to tears and outpoured with gratefulness when they walked in and saw Sikhs serving Langar with love and generosity in their hearts. Continue...


India's Faith Leaders Converge at the Parliament of the World's Religions

Over a hundred years after Swami Vivekanandaji made history at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the spiritual leaders of India travelled to Salt Lake City, USA for the world’s sixth Parliament of the World’s Religions, where they took a resounding stand for a Swachh Bharat and to help save our world’s dwindling water resources. Globally, more people perish each year from lack of clean, safe, sufficient water, hygiene and sanitation than from all forms of violence combined. Continue... 



Kultar's Mime Gives 50th Performance at the Parliament of the World's Religions

It was my first time seeing Kultar’s Mime. The venue was not ideal. An open foyer in the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Yet, despite the challenges that made it slightly difficult to hear, the performance captivated me. I felt extremely grateful that this play got performed during the Parliament of the World's Religions. In one 90 minute session, the play and the follow-up questions and answers did more to educate the interfaith community about the 1984 Delhi Pogrom against the Sikhs than any other research project or street protect could. Auspiciously, when Kultar's Mime performed on Friday, October 16, 2015, at the Parliament of the World's Religions, this was its 50th performance. Continue....





Sikh Musicology at the Parliament of the World's Religions



Other News Coverage On Sikhs at the Parliament 

Sikhs Serve Thousands Free Lunch At Utah Conference To Demonstrate Equality

Antonia Blumberg, Huffington Post

The scent of curry wafted from a conference hall in Salt Lake City, Utah, Saturday as thousands lined up for a free meal at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, an international gathering that, every five years, brings together thousands of people from different religious and spiritual traditions. Nishkam Centre, a U.K.-based Sikh organization, hosted the free lunch with the help of dozens of volunteers. The meal, called a langar, is a fundamental component of the Sikh faith and offered diners a taste of worship at its most egalitarian. Continue...



Sikhs Shine at the Parliament of the World's Religions 2015 by United Sikhs

This year, UNITED SIKHS volunteers at the Parliament spoke on service (seva) as a pathway to alleviate human suffering; that society will have to address fear in order to address hate crime and prejudice; how technology may help alleviate poverty in Panjab where a farmer is committing suicide every few hours; and how there can be no peace until truth is revealed for justice and reconciliation to take place. Continue...


Sikh Langar Feeds Thousands at the Parliament of the World's Religions 

By Corey Barnett of

The Parliament of the World's Religions, which was held in Utah last week, saw people from many religionsgather under one roof. The five-day event also saw hospitality at its very best, as a Sikh organization from the U.K. by the name of Nishkam Center worked with volunteers to offer free food to all 7,000 participants. Continue...


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