IPC’s One Water Partnership Helps Salisbury’s Sikh Community Celebrate the 550th Birthday of the Prophet Guru Nanak with a Tree Planting
On a chilly November morning, the Sikh Community of Salisbury along with volunteers from several other faith communities came together to plant trees in Salisbury’s City Park in celebration of the birthday of Sikhism's founder, the Prophet Guru Nanak.
Sikhism is a monotheistic faith that developed in the Punjab region of India in 1469 and was founded by Guru Nanak. Sikhs around the globe are celebrating the birthday of their founding prophet, who’s preaching often drew upon nature and the environment, through tree plantings. In fact, 1,820 communities around the world are participating in the celebration and will be planting over 1 million trees this year to combat global climate change! What a beautiful way to honor the birthday of the founder of the Sikh faith!
The trees planted in Salisbury, MD included native Sycamore, Willow Oak, Redbud, and Bald Cypress trees. The planting got underway after a prayer service honoring Guru Nanak led by Gurdeep Hura and a welcome from the City of Salisbury’s Mayor Jake Day. Volunteers worked together digging holes, mixing compost, and distributing the mulch provided by the City of Salisbury. Most of the trees were planted in the vicinity of the tennis courts and north along the steep bank below North Park Drive, a highly visited part of the park where they can be enjoyed by many.
The planting was facilitated by IPC’s One Water Partnership, with support from the Wicomico Environmental Trust and Lower Shore Land Trust. “We foresee this being the first of many One Water Partnership projects here in Salisbury,” said Liz Parker, IPC’s Outreach Coordinator in Wicomico County.
Stay tuned for more news from the Eastern Shore as IPC’s One Water Partnership program grows!
"World Faiths" by S. A. Nigosian