|Photo courtesy of Mary Steele|
We were all gathered here to commemorate World Food Day, celebrate our common mandate to feed the hungry, and to renew our commitment to address some of the issues related to global hunger: economic injustice, refugees and immigration, and climate change.
Kulwant Kaur, a local leader of the Albuquerque Sikh Gudwara, told me in a conversation.
As the langar served as an important unifying act for 7,000 people in Salt Lake City in 2015, the langar at the World Food Day interfaith service in 2016 helped bring the faith community in Albuquerque together.
The langar is just one of the ways in which the Sikh community enhanced our World Food Day commemoration. During the service in the sanctuary, Shawn Singh Sidhu and a group of Sikh faithful chanted a traditional hymn. Here are the words in English: Night and day, dawn and dusk, I sing to You,..All beings, all creation celebrate and meditate on Your Name...You are the Giver of bounties; we eat what You give us in the company of your devotees we wash away our sins...Your minion Nanak is a sacrifice, a sacrifice unto You.