Interfaith Conference Sikh Shooting Update
We have been very busy since the tragic shootings at the
With the endorsement of Sikh leaders, we are collecting donations for the victims and their families, including the wounded
n We have begun inviting people to share condolences, prayers, thoughts and comments on our website at www.interfaithconference.org for people to read there and for us to collect and share with the Sikh community.
n We have been in communication with Sikh leaders regarding the holding of an interfaith prayer service that would be meaningful to the Sikh community. Our goal is to include them deeply in the planning and presentation of such a service, even if that means an undetermined delay. We are awaiting further word from them.
n The Sikh leaders and their people understandably are both grieving and busy. There has been little time available for discussion, with both temples holding separate Sikh prayer services/vigils, and with the community visitation and funerals starting this Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. at
n In the meantime, I and others from the
n We have had a presence in the news media. The statement that we issued on the day of the shooting (posted on our website, at www.interfaithconferernce.org) was excerpted by Journal Sentinel religion reporter Annysa Johnson as the conclusion of her story on Monday. The Rev. Jean Dow, chair of our Cabinet, was quoted in Annysa’s story on Tuesday. I was the guest on Kathleen Dunn’s Wisconsin Public Radio show for half an hour on Monday, and Dr. Swarnjit Arora, the longtime Sikh representative on the
n I will alert to other developments as they occur.
Thank you all for your interest in the
Tom Heinen, Executive Director