The Sum of £350,000 is required for completion of a new Seminar Hall above Mata Sahib Kaur Hall.
The construction has been started. Preparations for the building are expected to be completed by November. But all this service can be accomplished only with the cooperation of you and the Sangat, hence we appeal:
Please contribute and request others for their seva in order to complete this project.
You may donate to the Sikh Missionary Society
by a cheque payable to 'The Sikh Missionary Society' to the following address:
The Sikh Missionary Society,
10 Featherstone Road,
You May also do a direct bank transfer to our bank account of which details are on the Donation Form.
Hoping for your full co-operation.
Hon. General Secretary
The Sikh Missionary Society UK: Planning Ahead
- Conference hall facility for next generation Sikhi Education and Seminars
The Sikh Missionary Society UK was established In 1969, when the global Sikh community was celebrating the 500th year of Guru Nanak Sahib’s parkaash. Concerned about the need to educate their children about lSikh religion and culture, some first generation Gursikh teachers from India felt the need for simple literature about the lives of the Gurus in English. The first such booklet was “Guru Nanak (for children)”.
Half a century later, in 2020, the Society’s advisories range from traditional religious and interfaith topics to challenges to Sikh identity in the West, environmental, bioethical and social issues arising from advances in science and modern living. The range of topics which require a Sikh view is vast while we face challenges to Sikh ideology, central institutions and identity. The open Hindutva agenda is an increasing threat to the independence of Sikhi.
The dedication of the humble sewadars of the Society from 1969 to-date has been exemplary. Those who attended the early Gurmat Camps decades ago, have fond memories. They remember nishkam and dedicated sevadars of the Society. Some like late Sardars Gurbachan Singh Sidhu, Kirpal Singh Rai, Gurinder Singh Sacha, Sarup Singh Gulliani and others are no longer with us but their memories remain to motivate others.
Scholar sewadars have written books and articles, distributed free literature and run Gurmat Camps for children. In addition to catering for the religious education needs of children of all age groups, the Society has a well-stocked Sikh Resource Centre with literature for mature students of Sikh religion. The community experience is that Sikh children educated in the basics of Sikhi-living and values grow up to excel in many professions.
The need for further missionary work to cater for the needs of different age groups through more advanced literature, talks and seminars has increased. Over the last few decades, the Society has been adopting to the changing needs of the growing Sikh community. Requests from children of all ages, young Sikhs, university students of religion, educationists and even the press seeking Sikh view on different topics is very diverse. It is possible to get some idea of the topics covered from briefings provided by the Society over the last two decades under article on Sikh Ideology and Identity.
In additions to written advisories as requested, one of the most successful areas has been seminars which discuss the independence of Sikhi as a miri-piri way of life. Such discussions need physical attendance by Sikh scholars and discussion groups. That means a hall with modern seminar facilities which is now being built.
No community or organisation can survive without succession planning to prepare informed leaders of tomorrow. Experience of recent years shows that a purpose-built hall with equipment for conducting seminars and presentations is a compelling need of the Society. Quite advisedly, construction work on the hall was started during Covid related interruption to routine educational classes and seminars.
It is hoped that the hall will be completed with the support of the UK Sangats to ensure continuity of the Society’s missionary work.