Dear Interfaith Conference Friends:
The Hindu Temple of Wisconsin [see below] , which has worked closely with the Interfaith Conference for many years, is inviting the public to a prayer vigil from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight in support of the victims of the Sikh Temple shooting. The Hindu temple is in Pewaukee at N4063-W243 Pewaukee Road. Pewaukee Road is also Highway 164 at that point. The simplest explanation is that, for those of you coming on I-94, take the Highway 164 exit for Pewaukee (Exit #294) and head north for about 2 to 2.5 miles. Cross Capitol Drive and keep heading north for about a half mile. The temple sign and entrance will be on your right.
Dr. Lakshmi Bharadwaj, the Hindu temple’s Interfaith representative, included the following information in an e-mail to me:
“Like the rest of us, the Hindu community has been deeply touched by the horrible act of violence committed on innocent and peaceful worshipers at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek. To stand in solidarity with their Sikh brothers and sisters, the Hindu Temple is holding a Prayer Vigil on Thursday from 7 to 8 PM. In addition to the Chief Minister from Punjab, India, we are also expecting the Consul General of India and other dignitaries to participate in the prayer vigil. I am forwarding a copy of the announcement to you as an attachment to this e-mail. The temple is also collecting donations for the victims of this carnage and their families. Take care, Lakshmi”
If you have any questions, you may call our office or reach me on my cell phone at 414-758-8985.
Tom Heinen, Executive Director
Prayer Vigil at the Hindu Temple of Wisconsin on Thursday, August 9, 2012 from 7 PM to 8 PM in Support of the Victims of the Carnage at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek
The terrible tragedy at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek has touched us all very deeply and in many personal ways. On behalf of our community and the Hindu Temple of Wisconsin our thoughts and prayers have gone out to the victims of this horrendous crime and to the officer who risked his life to protect them. We have come forward and joined the other faith communities in large numbers in offering our heartfelt prayers for the victims of this tragedy and in participating in the peace vigil at the Sikh Temple in Brookfield.
To stand in solidarity with our Sikh brothers and sisters, and to collectively mourn and share the great pain and loss of the Sikh community and the affected families, The Hindu Temple of Wisconsin will be holding a Prayer Vigil this coming Thursday night. Please join us on Thursday, Aug 9th from 7:00 PM - 8.00 PM. at the Hindu Temple of Wisconsin, Pewaukee to offer our sincere prayers and support for the victims and the families of those impacted by the awful tragedy at the Sikh Temple. The Honorable Chief Minister of the Indian state of Punjab will also be participating in tomorrow’s prayer meeting at the Hindu Temple.
The Hindu Temple is opening a PayPal connection for funds on behalf of the Hindu Temple and of all the Indian religious and community organizations in the area in support of the victim’s families. Personal contributions from community members as well as this week’s collections from the Hindu Temple cafeteria will be donated to the Sikh Temple. We invite your generous participation in this most worthy cause and expression of our genuine compassion and solidarity with the Sikh community. Directions and details regarding the prayer vigil and for making a donation are given on the Hindu Temple website and its link at:
Please do not hesitate to contact any of the board members or myself if you have any concerns or questions.