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Inviting Sikh Sangat to attend candlelight vigil at Lake Eola

Sikh Society of Central Florida calls all members, friends and family to come together on Sunday, June 19, 2017 at 6:00pm (at our tent) at Lake Eola, 512 E Washington St, Orlando, FL 32801 USA.

This peaceful candlelight vigil marks a unique gathering of the community to mourn the loss of 49 individuals, to show support and to stand as one with the Orlando community. our uniformity and participation are most important in large numbers to represent our peace loving community. This event will be heavily photographed, and nationally televised.

The Sikh community will have a tent at Lake Eola to provide water bottles to the attendees of the vigil.

It is requested that all participants show support at this event by preferably wearing our Orange and Blue colored Turbans. T-shirts as well as turbans will be provided at Gurudwara Sahib from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm. We request that the community assemble together at Gurudwara Sahib before 5:00pm to leave together and reach our tent at Lake Eola by 6:00pm.

For more information please contact ISHWAR SINGH at 407-687-6883, NAVTEJ KHALSA at 321-696-9505, AMIT SAINI at 407-409-2496, CHARANJIT SODHI at 386-299-9247 or VIKRAM SAINI at 352-219-5658

Christian hymns, Jewish music, Muslim prayers, Sikh and Buddhist chants and atheist greetings at Orlando interfaith service for victims

ORLANDO — The bell tolled. It tolled and tolled and tolled.

The only other sounds in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Orlando on Tuesday night were muffled tears as photos of the Pulse nightclub shooting victims were placed on boards along the altar.

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Photos of all of the Pulse nightclub shooting victims were place on the altar during the service. AJC photo: Curtis Compton

“We mourn those vibrant young lives, full of joy and promise, cut short and extinguished in one violent act fueled by anger and ignorance,” said Claudia Schippert, abbot of the Orlando Zen Center. “We mourn the loss of life and we hope queer love and all love can transcend the hell that hatred can produce.”

She was one of many speakers at a well-attended interfaith service of prayer and compassion at the downtown church across the street from the arts center where thousands had gathered the night before for a community vigil. The evening featured a Muslim prayer for peace, Buddhist and Sikh chant, Baha’i, Unitarian and Hindu prayers, Jewish musical meditation, Christian hymns and Humanist greetings.

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A Sikh prayer chant was part of the service. AJC photo: Curtis Compton

“All of us here, religious and nonreligious, we have the same questions,” said David Williamson of the Central Florida Freethought Community. “We’re looking for comfort.”

 

Hannah Willard of Equality Florida, like many of the evening’s speakers, struck notes of sorrow and hope.

“This is a safe space,” she said. “For some of us in the LGBTQ community, Pulse was a safe space, where folks felt like they could be their authentic selves. It’s important we have spaces where everyone can be celebrated and valued for who they are.”

She said the tragedy should be a call to action.

“We can’t ignore that this hatred is alive and well and thriving,” she said. “Our community has shown that we are committed to uprooting hatred, be it homophobia, Islamophobia, racism, sexism. What are the next steps? Teach our children to treat each other with dignity and respect, to treat those with whom they have differences with compassion and empathy. We know love will win.”

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Jose Jordan, center, knew some of the Pulse nightclub shooting victims. AJC photo: Curtis Compton

While the evening was somber, it was not without levity. Rabbi Rick Sherwin saluted those who donated blood immediately after the shootings.

“The lines to give blood were longer than the lines at Universal, Disney and Sea World. Yay for us,” he said, drawing a laugh and round of applause.

The Rev. Bob Bushong, superintendent of the East Central District of the United Methodist Church’s Florida Conference, stressed that although the massacre took place at a gay nightclub, its horrors aren’t limited to any group.

“In the end, it is not only about gay and lesbian people,” he said. “Brothers and sisters, it is about all of us. Any crime of violence against a targeted and persecuted group of people is a crime against all of humanity.”

He ended on a determined note: “We can’t let hate win. We can’t let darkness win.”

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David Olson prays at the altar during an interfaith service. AJC photo: Curtis Compton

Source: AJC.COM

 

‘Pray for Orlando’: Community turns out to show support for victims of nightclub tragedy

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Members of the community walk to the front of the sanctuary at First United Methodist Church of Orlando to announce the 49 victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting one by one during an InterFaith service Tuesday night in Orlando, Fla. (Luke Franke/Staff)

ORLANDO — Two strangers bowed their heads in prayer.

Jeanette Holloway, 36, and Matt Gilles, 28, met for the first time Tuesday evening near the flowers, signs and candles left in downtown Orlando to honor the 49 people killed and 53 injured last weekend at Pulse, a LGBT nightclub in the city.

Eyes closed, Holloway and Gilles asked that the people of Orlando heal from the mass shooting, one of the worst in American history.

 They asked for unity and understanding.

“Love is love,” said Gilles. “No matter who it’s from.”

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Rev. Tom McCloskey, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Orlando, speaks to members of the InterFaith Council of Central Florida minutes prior to the beginning of an InterFaith service held at the church to address the Pulse shooting Tuesday night in Orlando, Fla. (Luke Franke/Staff)

Since the killings at Pulse, the hashtag “Pray for Orlando” has become a social media trend. Vigils and prayer services at churches across the city have given people who live in Orlando, and surrounding communities, spaces to meet in person and mourn.

As Holloway and Gilles prayed outside under the twilight sky, more than 200 others gathered across the street from the memorial, for an interfaith service at First United Methodist Church.

There, under the same roof, religious leaders shared words of peace from Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism and other faiths.

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Gurpreet Singh, a member of the Sikhs Society of Central Florida, holds his cousin Suhavi Saini, 4, as she points out the window of the First United Methodist Church of Orlando minutes prior to the start of the InterFaith service held at the church Tuesday night in Orlando, Fla. (Luke Franke/Staff)

Through unity, Orlando will overcome the darkness of tragedy, said Louis Canter, of the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans. No one religion should be blamed or targeted for retribution, he said.

“We are sharing a common home,” Canter said. “Common home means we are all in this together, and we are all looking for solutions rather than searching for problems.”

Churches are “a safe space” and “a sanctuary,” just like Pulse had been to so many, said Hannah Willard of Equality Florida, a statewide organization that advocates for LGBT rights.

The shooting is a reminder that hate — homophobia, Islamophobia, sexism — must be defeated by promoting empathy and respect, she said.

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Portraits of the 49 victims of the Pulse shooting are posted one by one at the front of the sanctuary in the First United Methodist Church of Orlando during an InterFaith service to address the Pulse shooting Tuesday night in Orlando, Fla. (Luke Franke/Staff)

“We are committed to uprooting hatred anywhere it exists,” Willard said. “That is how we build a better Florida. A safer Florida.”

Brittnee Hopkins, 26, of Clermont, Florida, said she was vacationing on Sanibel Island when she and her husband, who was raised in Orlando, found out about the tragedy.

“We just got thrown right into the heartache,” Hopkins said.

They came to the interfaith service Tuesday night to find comfort and to defy the shooter, she said.

Orlando will be strong, Hopkins said.

“Eventually, this is just going to be a scar,” she said. “This is not going to change who we are as a city.”

 

Source: naplenews

Guru Nanak Dev ji Parkash Utsav 2015

Pyari Sadh Sangat Ji,

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ke Fateh!

Sadh Sangat ji, please save these dates and join us in the following programs:

Wednesday, November 25, 2015:  – Special Diwan in Celebration of Guru Nanak’s Gurpurb. This is actual day of the Gurpurb.
Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. followed by Langar.
Friday, November 27, 2015:  Akhand Paath Arambh at 7:00 a.m. Evening Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by Langar.
Saturday, November 28, 2015: Evening Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by Langar.
Sunday, November 29, 2015: Akhand Paath Sempati at 10.30 a.m. followed by regular diwan.
Thank you,
Sevadar,
Navtej S. Khalsa
Sikh Society of Central Florida
2527 W. SR 426 (Aloma Road)
Oviedo, Fl. 32765

April 2015 Gurdwara Calendar

Pyari Sadh Sangat Ji,
Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ke Fateh!

Sadh Sangat ji, please save these dates and join us in the following programs:
Gurdwara Programs

  • Every Sunday Regular Diwan from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Kirtan followed by Langar.
  • Friday, April 3: Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by Langar.
  • Saturday, April 11: Sukhmani Sahib from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 25: Asa di Waar from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. followed by Tea/Breakfast.

BAISAKHI PROGRAMS
Langar and paathi seva is available if anyone is interested.
Please contact Bhai Sahibs.

  1. Tuesday, April 14: Evening Diwan Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by Langar
  2. Friday, April 17:
    1. Morning Akhand Paath Arambh: 7 a.m.
    2. Evening Diwan Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by Langar
  3. Saturday, April 18: Evening Diwan Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by Langar
  4. Sunday, April 19: Regular Diwan from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Kirtan followed by Langar

Thank you,
Navtej S. Khalsa
Sevadar
Sikh Society of Central Florida
2527 W. SR 426 (Aloma Road)
Oviedo, FL 32765
Phone: (407) 366-3136
http://www.orlandogurdwara.org/

December 2014 Gurdwara Programs

Pyari Sadh Sangat Ji,
Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ke Fateh!

Sadh Sangat ji, please save these dates and join us in the following programs:

December 2014 Gurdwara Programs
Every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Kirtan followed by Langar.
Friday, December 5:  Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by Langar.
Saturday, December 13:  Sukhmani Sahib 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. followed by Tea and Snacks
Friday, December 19: Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by Langar.
Saturday, December 27: Asa di Waar from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. followed by Tea/Breakfast.
Thank you,
Sevadar,
Navtej S. Khalsa
Sikh Society of Central Florida
2527 W. SR 426 (Aloma Road)
Oviedo, FL 32765

2014 Guru Nanak Dev ji Prakash Poorab – SSCF

November 2014 Gurdwara Calendar

Pyari Sadh Sangat Ji,

Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ke Fateh!

Sadh Sangat ji, please save these dates and join us in the following programs:

November 2014 Gurdwara Programs

Every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Kirtan followed by Langar.

Thursday, November 6, 2014:  – Special Diwan in Celebration of Guru Nanak’s Gurpurb. This is actual day of the Gurpurb.
Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. followed by Langar.
Friday, November 7, 2014:  Akhand Paath Arambh at 7:00 a.m. Evening Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by Langar.
Saturday, November 8, 2014: Akhand Paath. Evening Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by Langar.
Sunday, November 9, 2014: Akhand Paath Sempati at 10.30 a.m. followed by regular diwan. Immediately after diwan will be Nishan Sahib seva.
Friday, November 21, 2014:  Kirtan from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by Langar.
Saturday, November 29, 2014:  Asa di Waar from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. followed by Tea/Breakfast.
Thank you,
Sevadar,
Navtej S. Khalsa
Sikh Society of Central Florida
2527 W. SR 426 (Aloma Road)
Oviedo, Fl. 32765

Baisakhi celebration 2014 SSCF

Awwal Allah Noor Paya – Anita Lerche