Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee

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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