Second Quarter Community Update – 2018

Dear friends,

Vahiguru ji ka Khalsa, Vahiguru ji ki Fatih!

When I sat down to write this community update, I started to reflect on why it has been so important for me to let all of you know how SikhRI evolves.

In a sense, all of you are our stakeholders. You invest your time to learn, to come to our events, to donate. In turn, I want to make sure that SikhRI is as transparent as possible, as the world needs such transparency today.

So allow me first to share two documents that would shed more light on SikhRI’s vision: a report (CEO report) I presented during the Annual Stakeholder & Board Retreat and the 2017 Annual SikhRI Report.

The last few months were busy for SikhRI. We’ve released Ghoria, a new online course based on the bani of the same name that draws a parallel between the worldly marriage and the marriage with the Divine. Another release from us was a new Gurmat educational unit on Seva, with a goal of bringing the young audience closer to reaching a Guru-inspired life.

 

Online courses are at the heart of SikhRI, as we believe in creating a safe space for people to delve deeper into Gurbani at their own pace, in the comfort of their homes. Anyone in the world should have access to Gurmat education, not just those able to attend in-person events.

Speaking of events, during the Sikh Heritage Month this April, SikhRI organized weekly events at the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA) Ontario, covering a wide range of topics, from Guru-inspired leadership to gender equality.

 

In April, SikhRI also launched the Naujavan Sohji curriculum for teenagers, with the aspiration of inspiring Sikh thinking, exploring spiritual and personal awareness of young Sikhs in the modern world. The first two interactive online programs discuss the Sikh take on Climate Change and Empathy, all while being rooted in Gurbani, Tavarikh, and Rahit.

From the writings on our blog, I’m excited to highlight Harinder Singh’s post on Jassa Singh Ahluvalia. A dense but truly riveting read.

Our 12 Gurus podcast episodes on 1469 – Infinity and the Bhai Vir Singh series have received overwhelming praise, for which I’m so grateful. Be sure to listen if you haven’t yet and read through our monthly translations of Bhai Vir Singh's writings.

 

And lastly, Sidak 2018 is coming up July 22 – August 4, 2018. As an intensive two-week leadership development program targeted at 18–40 year olds, Sidak explores personal and panthic development through a Gurmat framework based in Bani, Tavarikh, and Rahit.

Join us this year by choosing the track that speaks to you: Intro to Sikh History, Religion & Revolution, or Intro to Guru Granth Sahib.

As you can see, a lot has happened during this year’s second quarter. I encourage you to take a look at some things you might have missed and don’t hesitate to send any feedback or suggestions to inni.kaur@sikhri.org directly.

I’m grateful to have you as part of the SikhRI family, and your ongoing support is what truly inspires us to do all the above every single day.

With love,

Inni Kaur

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