Source: The Sikh Council on Religion and Education
On November 9, 2002 The Sikh Council on Religion and Education issued a press release stating that "the Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE) is coordinating a nationwide campaign, 'Sharing Your Faith with Your Neighbors'. Throughout the United States, Gurdwaras (Sikh House of Worship) are inviting members of their communities from all faiths to join them on November 10 for a special service. Guests will be able to learn more about their Sikh neighbors, friends and colleagues, enjoy the experience of a Sikh religious service, appreciate the universalism of the Sikh philosophy, and partake of Langar (a community vegetarian meal). This program is planned to coincide with celebrations of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion. Since September 11, 2001, members of all communities have reached out to learn more about each other. In spite of this, hate crimes were directed at those perceived to be linked to the terrorists. Sikhs, with their unshorn beards and turbans, suffered a disproportionate brunt of this backlash. Therefore in an effort to educate and come together in solidarity with their fellow Americans, the Sikh community invites all those who are interested to be a part of this program."