Church invites community to form circle of prayer around Sikh temple

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Worship service inside the Sikh Temple of Spokane
Worship service inside the Sikh Temple of Spokane

The Unitarian Unversalist Church of Spokane invites the community to join it in Arms of Compassion on Saturday, where members will join hands and form a circle of prayer and support around the Sikh Temple of Spokane.

“It's symbolic to  show we're holding them in our hearts and thoughts and prayers,” said the Rev. Todd Eklof, noting the Sikh community needs support after the recent shooting in Wisconsin.

The plan, Eklof said, is for non-Sikhs to join hands and encircle the temple and pray while the Sikhs worship inside.

“We'll form a container of love and safety around them,” he said. “We're trying to get as many people there as possible.”

Anyone interested in attending can meet at the temple Saturday at noon, 420 N. Barker Road in Spokane Valley.

Ekloff is a SpokaneFAVS contributor.

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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Journalism Instructor at Washington State University.

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