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Passing the Mic: Sikh Society of West Michigan's Rishi Singh answers, "What does your faith do to address your members' suffering?"

Rishi Singh, Sikh practitioner, responds to Yong Su Mark Hepper, Buddhist practitioner.

Sikh Society of West Michigan & Rishi Singh

The SSWM is a gurdwara, or Sikh place of worship, located in Ada on Cascade Rd. SE. Sikhism is a monotheistic faith founded in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan in the late 15th century. It promotes sefless service to others, gender equality, and religious tolerance, among other complementary values.

Rishi Makkar Singh is an active member of the gurdwara and its interfaith outreach officer. He is also owner of Rishi's International Beverage in Grand Rapids.

Ven. Yong Su Mark Hepper, Mahayana Buddhist practitioner and Teaching Monk at the Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple, previously asked Grand Rapids faith communities:

  • "What does your faith, your religion, do to specifically address your members’ suffering?"

Rishi Singh, Sikh practitioner and interfaith outreach officer for the Sikh Society of West Michigan, responds, and passes a question on to other faith communities in the city:

  • "What is the purpose of your life? How can you live a spiritual life – how can you attain that which you’re sent here for – if you can’t answer that fundamental question, which is 'what is the purpose of your life?'"


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