550 Anniversary of Guru Nanak – July 6, 2019

To commemorate the 550th birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak (1469), the first Guru of Sikhs, a historic Christian- Sikh Dialogue was organized by the World Council of Churches at Geneva on 5th July 2019.

The dialogue focused on the theme of “Pursuing Peace in a Pluralistic World”. The event brought about 40 Religious leaders, scholars and independent activists from both Christian and Sikh faith.

The dialogue focused on a holistic understanding of Nanak’s philosophy of universal brotherhood, equality for all and nurturing of Mother Earth.

The Sikhs pledged to work for youth, women empowerment and environmental protection.

The WCC General Secretary Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit expressed his joy at the initiation of this dialogue, as this marked the first formal bilateral dialogue with the Sikh community.

“This is an important year in the Sikh Calendar as it marks the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak,” Tveit said. “Therefore initiating formal encounter between Christian and Sikhs during this year is a special way of commemorating the life and work of Guru Nanak. The Head of Akal Takht Gyani Harpreet Singh sent greetings and support to everyone on this historic event.

Mr. Gurpreet Singh and Gurdeep Singh Kundan expressed their gratefulness to Bishop Miguel Ayuso Guixot and Dr. Peniel Rajkumar who gave their unflinching support in organizing the first Sikh Christian dialogue in Switzerland.

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