Friday, August 10, 2012

Service Honoring Sikhs Killed

AUGUSTA, GA - A memorial service in light of recent tragedy, including a time of interfaith community expression, will be held Friday evening, 8-10-12, at 7 P.M. at the Sikh Temple, 4301 Evans to Lock Road. This service--variously translated as vigil, memorial, prayer meeting, worshipful gathering--has evolved as one in memory of survivors and deceased from recent violent episodes and as a witness against the targeting of religious groups, including the August 5 massacre in the Oak Creek, Wisconsin Sikh temple and alleged arson August 6 of a mosque in Joplin, Missouri.  

It is expected hymns, prayers, a brief welcome and introduction to Sikh faith, a time of interfaith expressions, and the collection of an offering.  Gaye Ortiz and Mark Deaton, members of the Progressive Religion Coalition and local faith organizations, will be among five persons making brief remarks. Andy Reese and Hossan Fadel of the Interfaith Fellowship of Augusta are two others of the five.  

Participants, male and female, should leave shoes at the door, wear head coverings (e.g., scarf, yarmulke, hat), and dress in comfortable attire appropriate for sitting on the floor. A reception with refreshments follows the service.

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