Serving Sikhs from across all three services converged on the Defence Academy’s Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre – Amport House – last week for the ninth Armed Forces Sikh Conference.
The annual conference is open to the approx. 250 Sikh men and women serving in the British military – one of the smallest minorities within the Armed Forces.
Over the three days the conference covers a range of discussion sessions, focussing on positive attitudes, as well as meditation, prayer, and team building activities.
“This course invites serving Sikhs to come down and live a Sikh way of life for three days,” explained organiser Mandeep Kuar, Sikh Chaplain to the Armed Forces. “So we try and instil Sikh values while we uplift their morale. They become more confident by learning the Sikh values that emphasise the core values of the Armed Forces.
“The Army is for everyone so there shouldn't be any difference of who you are, or what faith you are, because you are serving the country and working for the same goal. It is a very proud journey, and there is a huge respect for Sikhs, but at the same time there are issues and challenges as well.
“The whole point of this event is that like-minded people come together. To uplift their spirituality, they re-emphasise and re-evaluate their faith values and try to learn from them.”