Sikhism: School’s ‘turban ban’ displays common misunderstanding of equality

Can a school impose a uniform policy that does not take into account a student’s religious or cultural beliefs and practices? This issue is being considered by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Sagardeep Singh Arora, on behalf of his five-year-old son Sidhak Singh Arora, is challenging Melton Christian College’s decision not to enrol his son unless he agrees not to wear his patka, a Sikh head covering.

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Sikhs in Australia – a surprising history

A new YouTube documentary produced by SBS traces one of the most little known but extraordinary stories of migrant settlement in Australia. The documentary tells the story of the Sikhs of Woolgoolga, a small NSW town 550 kilometres north of Sydney. The community there forms one of the early chapters of Indian migration to Australia.
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With Courage Let Us All Combine

I am 87 years old and within my lifetime a marvellous thing has happened to my country. It has become a multicultural nation. The migrant people who have come to my country, many of them refugees escaping pain beyond my experience or comprehension, have brought with them the gifts and talents they needed to make new lives in a foreign country. Soon it was no longer a foreign country. It was their home, their country, a place where they were welcome and secure. They became its citizens in a ceremony which affirmed their welcome. They adopted, sometimes easily and quickly, sometimes with difficulty and slowly, the lifestyle of their new country. They enriched it by their culture and willingness to work towards a future filled with hope and happiness. They built strong bonds with us and helped us to reshape the values not only of our nation but of our common humanity.

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The Interfaith Legacy of Guru Nanak


An overwhelming sense of the Glory and Oneness of God made Guru Nanak (1469-1539), the founder of Sikhism, impatient with religious divisions, doctrines, and rituals. This sense of the Oneness of God is for me at the very heart of the interfaith journey. There are many practical reasons why interfaith cooperation is vital and as many attempts to find a theological or philosophical justification for it. But to have experienced even a hint of Divine Love is sufficient warrant for Nanak’s claim that

The One God is Parent to all,
We are all God’s children.

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Australian – Indian History Exhibition at Sikh Temple

auindianThe Australian Indian History Association will stage a photography exhibition at the Sikh Gurduara Sahib Temple, 240 Doyles Road, Shepparton on Sunday 15 May from 10:00AM. Showcased in this exhibition will be the influence early Indian settlers had on Australia.
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Multifaith – Multicultural ANZAC’s

ax ANZAC Day in Australia was first observed in 1916; it is a joint celebration by Australia and New Zealand of the sacrifices paid in a theatre of war on the beaches of Turkey. It has since evolved into a trans-tasman commemoration of all who love and serve their motherland in times of international conflict, and paid the ultimate price. It also acknowledges those who continue to serve, and continue to suffer when they return home. ... Read more...

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Sikh Community Festival – Vaisakhi

gurduaraThe Sikh Holiday of Vaisakhi falls on Wednesday 14 April 2016. Also frequently spelled Baisakhi, Vaisakhi has origins as a springtime festival in the Punjab region, but since 1699 has taken on a great deal of religious significance for Sikhs. On Vaisakhi in that year, Guru Gobind Singh created the Khalsa and established much of what is at the core of the Sikh faith today. ... Read more...

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Sikh Holy Day (20th October): Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

Guru Granth Sahib The Guru Granth Sahib Ji is truely unique among the world's great scriptures. It is considered the Supreme Spiritual Authority and Head of the Sikh religion, rather than any living person. It is also the only scripture of it's kind which not only contains the works of it's own religious founders but also writings of people from other faiths.

Sikhs celebrate the first installation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji on 1st September and the Conferment of title of “Guru” on Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji on 20th October each year.

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#PrayerforEveryone

PrayerforEveryone is a global prayer initiative where an estimated 600 million people of faith from around the globe will be praying for wisdom for our world leaders to end extreme poverty and inequality. This is in conjunction with the 17 new Global Sustainable Development Goals which will be announced by the UN very shortly. ... Read more...

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Seva Is More Than Service

The following are the prepared remarks of Simran Jeet Singh at the Pentagon’s second-ever commemoration of the Sikh faith on May 1, 2015. Singh spoke alongside Valarie Kaur and Inni Kaur on “Seva” – selfless service in the Sikh religion. Hosted by the Pentagon Chaplain on Vaisakhi, the program was organized by Major Kamal Singh Kalsi and the Sikh Coalition, an organization leading the campaign for turbaned Sikhs and other people of faith to be allowed to serve in the U.S. military.

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