Celebrating Diversity

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The Multifaith Calendar is looking for art submissions under the theme “Celebrating Diversity”. They would like to feature art from as many different faith groups as possible. This calendar is a great educational tool that lists and explains holidays that are important to 14 different world faiths including Sikhism.

The theme for the 2011 edition is: Celebrating Diversity. Work can be of any medium. The interpretation of the theme will be determined by the collection, so we invite artists to submit images that capture a unique or poignant expression of art or people celebrating their faith. We are looking to showcase a diversity of faiths in the collection. We encourage all artists to submit images, including artists who have had their work showcased in past Multifaith Calendars. [link]

Sounds like a great project and a wonderful opportunityfor the many developing artists in our community. Submissions are due by February 28th, 2010. For more information, please see: www.multifaithcalendar.org


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12 Responses to “Celebrating Diversity”

  1. Randep says:

    Is this really celebrating diversity? These different isms, Zoroastrian-ism, Juda-ism, Sikh-ism are only allowed if they are considered "religions". That's actually really oppressive. Sikhi is only allowed into inter-religious dialogue if you convert it to "Sikh-ism". Otherwise, it's worthless to these people. According to the assumptions behind inter-religious dialogue, all of these "religions" are actually the same (except some disagree about what to "believe"). Don't you see how this actually collapses Sikh-ism into a ho-hum average religion that tells us to "believe" and be "ethical"?

    That's really the problem with this blog. You, Sundari, and the rest of the posters, choose to blindly follow these secular-Christian paradigms. But, they're deeply flawed, and silently oppress the non-secular/non-Christian. Yet, you choose to fixate on dictating these sorts of "solutions" to Sikh people/Sikhism. Instead, I think some humility is called for. You need to be more honest with what you have at hand, rather than pronouncing vacuous and ill-understood decrees.

  2. Randep says:

    Is this really celebrating diversity? These different isms, Zoroastrian-ism, Juda-ism, Sikh-ism are only allowed if they are considered "religions". That's actually really oppressive. Sikhi is only allowed into inter-religious dialogue if you convert it to "Sikh-ism". Otherwise, it's worthless to these people. According to the assumptions behind inter-religious dialogue, all of these "religions" are actually the same (except some disagree about what to "believe"). Don't you see how this actually collapses Sikh-ism into a ho-hum average religion that tells us to "believe" and be "ethical"?

    That's really the problem with this blog. You, Sundari, and the rest of the posters, choose to blindly follow these secular-Christian paradigms. But, they're deeply flawed, and silently oppress the non-secular/non-Christian. Yet, you choose to fixate on dictating these sorts of "solutions" to Sikh people/Sikhism. Instead, I think some humility is called for. You need to be more honest with what you have at hand, rather than pronouncing vacuous and ill-understood decrees.

  3. Simran says:

    Randy, why don't you just link us to the relevant Asad and Mandair articles?
    Humility Randy, is something you should work on as well.

  4. Simran says:

    Randy, why don't you just link us to the relevant Asad and Mandair articles?
    Humility Randy, is something you should work on as well.

  5. Sundari says:

    Randep, if you have so many problems with this blog and with me – i'm not exactly sure why you keep coming back? It's really no loss to me if you don't want to read my posts. They're not written for you – they're written so that they can be grasped and be accessible to the majority of our community.

    This was not an opinion piece by the way, it was simply information for artists in our community who would like to have their artwork showcased on a calender. Diversity is obviously defined is so many different ways – your definion is not the only one that is acceptable.

    When people in our community think they can somehow speak for all Sikhs and in doing so, can judge those who don't necessary have the same opinions as them – it only challenges our struggle to grow as individuals and as a community.

  6. Sundari says:

    Randep, if you have so many problems with this blog and with me – i'm not exactly sure why you keep coming back? It's really no loss to me if you don't want to read my posts. They're not written for you – they're written so that they can be grasped and be accessible to the majority of our community.

    This was not an opinion piece by the way, it was simply information for artists in our community who would like to have their artwork showcased on a calender. Diversity is obviously defined is so many different ways – your definion is not the only one that is acceptable.

    When people in our community think they can somehow speak for all Sikhs and in doing so, can judge those who don't necessary have the same opinions as them – it only challenges our struggle to grow as individuals and as a community.

  7. Randep says:

    it's not about opinions, sundari. it's about care. The principle of this blog is purportedly to "discuss issues concerning the Sikh community, in a reflective, self-critical, and progressive way." I'm saying this is false advertising. Instead of critical, reflective thought, you are sloganeering. I take it a point of marvel that Sikhs tend to be humble, simple, and sincere. That is all the more reason to call you and this blog out when you are more interested in pandering to slogans than caring.

  8. Randep says:

    it's not about opinions, sundari. it's about care. The principle of this blog is purportedly to "discuss issues concerning the Sikh community, in a reflective, self-critical, and progressive way." I'm saying this is false advertising. Instead of critical, reflective thought, you are sloganeering. I take it a point of marvel that Sikhs tend to be humble, simple, and sincere. That is all the more reason to call you and this blog out when you are more interested in pandering to slogans than caring.

  9. harinder says:

    Sikhism is different from many other religions in two important ways.

    1) Most religions believe in welfare of it own people where as SIKHS believe in welfare of all people in universe.

    2) Sikhs can leave Sikhism out of free will and no punishment or threat is visited upon them .

    I am not including the rituals which is unique to all religions on this planet

  10. harinder says:

    Sikhism is different from many other religions in two important ways.

    1) Most religions believe in welfare of it own people where as SIKHS believe in welfare of all people in universe.

    2) Sikhs can leave Sikhism out of free will and no punishment or threat is visited upon them .

    I am not including the rituals which is unique to all religions on this planet

  11. Singh says:

    Randy, I await the day you are humble, simple, and sincere. Most of the Berkeley Sikh community would feels the contrary. I hope that one day those adjectives could ever be used for you.

  12. Singh says:

    Randy, I await the day you are humble, simple, and sincere. Most of the Berkeley Sikh community would feels the contrary. I hope that one day those adjectives could ever be used for you.