Wednesday, August 24, 2011

SIKHISM




Yesterday as part of a workshop on equity and community engagement, I got to hear a family in our school talk about their religion and how it impacts their life. They are Sikhs.

As they were talking, I started thinking to myself that a Sikh sounds like a great thing to be. Sikhs believe in peace, faith, and justice. They believe that each person creates and cultivates their own personal connection to God. Sikhs do not have a lot of rules around social behavior. For instance, if you're a Sikh, you're allowed to have an abortion if you want to or have a relationship with any partner you choose. Also, Sikhs are open to conversion.

The thing that makes Sikhs most visible is that they show their devotion and respect for creation by not cutting their hair. The men also wear turbans. Jas, the dad in the family who visited, told us that 99% of men you see in the U.S. wearing turbans are Sikhs. I had no idea, but now I know.

6 comments:

Locke said...

Ms. West, James and I just got our schedules today. We have English together, just like the good old days!!!

KC said...

Yay! You guys will have a great time. Go easy on Ms. F.

jdoc said...

i learned some things about Sikhs here too! Thanks.

LH said...

I also learned. Which proves once again that I'm a lifelong learner.

THANKS for helping me with this identity.

Erik said...

We'll do our best.

StreibProjects said...

I have a Jas in my class this year! He is one cool kid.