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A recap of February 2021

LGBT History Month has been a busy month for Sarbat, with so many embracing the ‘Mind, Body and Spirit’ theme. The Sarbat Socials this month took on a new twist to fit in with the theme, starting with a social focused on connecting spiritually through sangat recitation of Japji Sahib, Chaupai Sahib and blissful kirtan performed by Moushumi from New Zealand.

Despite the cold weather earlier in February, many people still participated in the Sarbat Steps either through cycle rides, runs, walks, hikes……even rowing on a rowing machine……… which will put many in good stead to continue in this way, to go out and get some fresh air as the weather continues to improve into the spring. Be sure to share your photos while you are out and about for Sarbat to share in our upcoming newsletters. Sarbat Socials then continued with very successful Bhangra and Bollywood dance classes, which were hugely popular and in great demand.

Sarbat volunteers also appeared in panel events during the month which were based around Faith and Sexuality with various educational institutions, such as SOAS, University of London, University of Plymouth, University of Bradford and St Paul’s School, Hammersmith. These were all well attended events, which provided an opportunity to engage with staff and students alike within these organisations and have some great conversations about what more can be done to make these educational establishments more inclusive for LGBT+ people of faith.

Sarbat were also delighted for our first collaboration this month with SikhRI, where a webinar on Transcendental Love from a Sikh perspective included LGBT+ perspectives to be shared in a globally well attended webinar.

There is a lot more to come during the course of this year, thank you for your ongoing support of Sarbat.

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