White House to host Hindu Seva event in August

Last Updated: Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 13:33

Washington: The White House and an organisation of the Hindu American community, will co-host the 2012 National Seva Conference, where participants would discuss community service, innovation and tradition.

The two-day event from August 3 to 4 is being co-hosted by the Hindu American Seva Charities (HASC) in association with the White House Office of Public Engagement, Office of Faith Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships and President`s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.

HASC is an American organisation advancing seva (community service), interfaith collaboration, pluralism, social justice and sustainable civic engagement to ignite grassroots social change and build healthy communities.

In a statement, HASC said the event would also mark introduction of the Next Generation Seva Leaders (NGSL) programme to promote seva and to address social justice issues.

This is an innovative civic and service leadership programme to impact change and encourage new community service ideas.

The goal for the applicants is to develop impactful service projects that they can commit to doing in any of their own communities, HASC said.

"Seva is an important part of our Dharma and sadhana (spiritual practice). We hope with this understanding, the participants will use ‘seva’ to alleviate current social justice issues," Shekar Narasimhan, HASC founding Board member, said.

"Faith plays a significant role in the political landscape and moral values provide a common ground for diverse communities to come together to develop solutions," he added.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 13:33

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