Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee

Interfaith Conference statement
on hate in Charlottesville

The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee is urging people of all faiths throughout southeastern Wisconsin and beyond to speak out and stand guard against the white supremacist hatred that violently burst from the underbelly of our American culture in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.

These hate groups are trying the soul of our society, and these are not the times for people of faith to respond with pious platitudes and lukewarm expressions of concern.

The world is all too familiar with the violent catastrophes that await a nation when racial and religious hatred are not vigorously opposed. Jews are still being vilified by contemporary hate groups. African Americans feel the continuing lash of racism, both subtle and brutal. The Sikh community here has felt the bitter sting of a white supremacist’s gunfire. We need no more reminders that none of us is immune from evil.

Religious leaders should preach out, speak out, and uphold the dignity of every person. People of good will should live up to the highest ideals of their faiths and philosophies and not merely mouth them behind closed doors.

There remains more light than darkness. Many local faiths, denominations, organizations and institutions work long hours to counter injustice, fear, hate, and bigotry. The Interfaith Conference is one of them. Find one. Add your voice. Add your energy. Even in the incredible busyness of our digitally connected lives, do what you can, whenever you can, wherever you can. And do it today. At some point, waiting for one more tomorrow could be too late.

Approved by Interfaith Conference Executive Commitee August 14, 2017

Aug. 5 in Oak Creek
Interfaith display tent at Sikh memorial run/walk

Continuing its various collaborations with the Sikh community, the Interfaith Conference will have a canopy tent with interfaith displays and information at the Chardhi Kala 6K Memorial Run/Walk on Saturday morning August 5 in Oak Creek. This event is held by Serve2Unite, which was created by young Sikhs to promote interfaith and intercultural understanding through public service after a white supremacist fatally shot six people and wounded four others at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek in 2012.

The memorial run/walk includes free local and ethnic food, children's activities, presentations, and displays in a festive atmosphere. It begins and ends at the Oak Creek High School football field, 340 E. Puetz Rd., Oak Creek. Registration is from 7:30 a.m. until the 9 a.m. start of the run/walk. The run/walk and all activities are free. To register, click here.

People also are encouraged to bring a donation of nonperishable food for Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin. The event also includes a blood drive. Sign up here.

This event memorializes the shooting victims and raises scholarship funds for Milwaukee area high school students entering college, with an emphasis on their volunteer public service. "Chardhi Kala" is the spirit of relentless optimism, a philosophy that empowers us to persevere and grow from hardship. The event is an opportunity for people of all faiths and backgrounds to come together to celebrate the universal values of service (seva), unity, and resilience (Chardhi Kala).

The run/walk is part of a series of memorial activities over that weekend. The full schedule of events:

Friday, August 4
The Akhand Path -- a 48-hour continuous reading of the Sikh Holy Scriptures (the Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji), with a free langar/community meal served at all times, at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, 7512 S Howell Ave, Oak Creek

Saturday, August 5
Chardhi Kala 6K Memorial Run/Walk, food donation, blood drive, and other activities -- Registration 7:30 to 9 a.m. start, Oak Creek High School football field, 340 E. Puetz Rd., Oak Creek.

Sunday, August 6 (at Sikh Temple of Wisconsin)

Akhand Path recitation -- concludes at 10:30 a.m.
Kirtan (hymn sung in praise of God) -- 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Words from victims' families and community leaders -- 1:30 p.m.
Free Langar/community meal served throughout the day

For More Information, Sikh Temple of Wisconsin


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Upcoming Events

Interfaith Earth Network

Faith & Ecology:
A Conversation

Every 3rd Tuesday

Summer Series 2017

Mindfulness for Families: An experience of mindfulness practice for children and their adults

Starts June 20, 2017
Come to all or any

Free & open to the public!

Urban Ecology Center
Riverside Park
1500 E. Park Pl.
Milwaukee, WI

For more information,
email Kirsten Shead

This series invites persons of all faiths and spiritualities to gather
to reflect upon and converse about a chosen word or topic.

The Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogue Project

8-12 people of any faith or spiritual background, or none at all, share a meal in an intimate space and discuss their beliefs and experiences in a moderated format that makes them feel safe and welcome.

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