The Next Discussion is a Workshop

30 Jun

Some changes have been made to the format and venue for the discussion of the next reading, which is on the topic of Singh Sabha Movement. Instead of hosting the discussion at a participant’s place as we always do, this time we will have it at the Milford Gurdwara. And the discussion will be in a workshop format.

The idea is to tie the workshop with the July 19 talk on Sikh Rehat Maryada at the Milford Gurdwara. Sikh Rehat Maryada, in its current form, is one of the outcomes of the Singh Sabha Movement. So tying in our discussion with the July 19 talk makes lot of sense. Having the workshop on the Singh Sabha Movement before July 19 will provide a context in which we can better appreciate the talk on Sikh Rehat Maryada. And if the workshop is organized after July 19, we hope that the talk on Sikh Rehat Maryada will generate an interest amongst the sangat leading to a greater participation in the workshop, for which the Gurdwara seems a more appropriate venue.  Also, having the discussion in a workshop format makes sense, as it will let us ‘work’ with the material we are reading. The discussion involves two sets of questions. The first set of questions will explore our understanding of the movement; Singh Sabha Movement had in its time targeted beliefs and practices in the Sikh society that were antithetical to Sikh principles and ideals. What were some of these beliefs and pratices? Who were the key people involved in this movement? How did they go about achieving the change they wanted to see? What were the events that led to this movement? What did this movement accomplish?

The second set of questions will require us to work with our understanding of the movement. That is, how do we apply the lessons learnt from the Singh Sabha Movement to affect change in the current times? That is, in current times, what are the problems plaguing the Sikh society? What are the areas in Sikh beliefs and practices that need to be attended to? How can we address these issues? How can we engage the various stakeholders affecting and affected by these issues?

To address this second set of questions, in the workshop we will have participants forming groups; each group will identify an area/issue that needs to be addressed, outline some ways to affect the change, and present its ideas to the rest of the groups.

(An email has been sent out for a quick feedback on setting a date for the workshop. More information on the workshop will follow shortly.)


One Response to “The Next Discussion is a Workshop”

  1. satnam July 18, 2009 at 10:47 am #

    Here is a resorce where you will find plenty of books related to sikh history so that you can brush up your knowledge of sikhism

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