Hindu American Seva Communities hosts
2014 Fourth National Seva Conference at the White House
Conference to be held on 2nd October, 2014. On this auspicious occasion of Ramnavami, Mahavir Jayanti, Ugadi, Vaisakhi, Onam, Chetichand, Gudi Padwa, where we celebrate new beginnings and victory of good over ignorance, the Hindu American Seva Communities (HASC) announces the fourth annual Seva Conference, “Dharmic Dialogues: Seva & Social Justice*”. It will be held in the nation’s capital during the 1st week of October. Join us this October and be a part of our transformative journey! *The conference theme inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy of Seva & Social Justice Dharma, honors his 145th birth anniversary.
HASC is hosting the conference to highlight an inside-out approach to development and service through traditional Dharmic values of seva and social justice to address priority issues impacting our community and our country.
“The best way to find your self is to lose yourself in the service of others." Mahatma Gandhi
Seva (selfless service) is an important part of our Dharma** and sadhana (spiritual practice). Each one of us is driven and inspired by our individual Dharma to our self, and through seva, to those around us. We hope the participants will work to alleviate current social justice issues. “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,” observed Anju Bhargava, Founder, Hindu American Seva Communities. **Dharma is defined as one’s obligation or duty to serve. The idea of dharma as duty or propriety implies there is a natural order and that justice, social harmony and human happiness are part of the balance.
The inspired conference will focus on Dharmic self-transformation leadership to bring to the forefront the Dharma based values which strengthen us and our nation. Examples include: - Expanding the Dharmic dialogue and partnership initiated from 2009 on governance and ethics, Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change with the White House Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnership; UtsavSeva program with the President’s Interfaith Campus Challenge; Health and Yoga, Let’s Move Faith and Communities’ caregiver and HASC’s “Mythali” training programs with NIH and Dept. of Health & Human Service; pioneering Dharmic Faith-Based Organizations Tabletop (simulated) exercise with Dept. of Homeland Security; mentoring students, Women, Violence Prevention, Immigration, civil rights, Service, etal.
HASC invites the community to participate in the conference. We request you to answer the following in your statement of interest: What role does your dharma play in civic engagement, social justice and development issues? How do you propose to establish and expand seva (service) and social justice and grow the faith and/or interfaith movement? What is the change you want to see in yourself and in your communities by doing selfless service? (750-1000 words).
We will recognize the best essays and statement of interest and commitment at the White House and will publish them. We will give priority to students and young adults and invite them to be part of the Next Generation Seva Leaders (NGSL) program. With your ideas, you can be a change maker, be part of growing the Dharmic seva and social justice movement and play a role in America valuing the talents of its diverse faiths and pluralistic, multicultural communities.
We invite you to visit HASC website for details, and click here to complete your statement of interest by September 10th 2014. This program is open to all. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
Sponsor students and youth to attend and strengthen our community!
“The Future Depends on What We do in the Present” Mahatma Gandhi
Due to an overwhelming response, registration for the 2014 conference is now closed.
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In his message on India’s Independence Day, Secretary Kerry eloquently states that “In this century India and the United States have a common responsibility to prove that democracies can deliver for their citizens.” As a result, the focus on community building and Seva integrated with Social Justice becomes even more pronounced.
Keeping this message in the forefront, on behalf of Hindu American Seva Communities (HASC), we invite you to attend a day-long summit titled, “Dharmic Dialogue: Seva and Social Justice” on October 2nd at the White House. HASC is hosting its fourth annual Seva conference on the auspicious occasion of Gandhi Jayanti (Mahatma Gandhi's birthday). The program will start promptly at 9am and will end at 5pm. (For security purposes arrival time is 8.00 am). The day long event will be followed by a seva activity of the Dharmic Feeding Coalition at 6.30pm. Volunteers will go and feed the homeless at The Community for Creative Non-Violence.
Conference Agenda Outline:
EEOB - 9-5pm
Event starts promptly at 9am
Celebrating Mahatma Gandhi's legacy of Seva and Social Justice
Honoring Senator Wofford
Development of Seva Centers - Social Justice in Action
Youth and Seva
Energy, Environment and Ahimsa
Security, Disaster preparedness and Civil Rights
After the White House conference we will feed the homeless
Metro Points Hotel
$79.99 plus tax.
Near New Carrollton metro - orange line - 45 minutes away from the White House