September 7 - 9, 2018 @ Chicago

FRIDAY  September 7, 2018
Quality Education for All
Conducted by the Hindu Organizations, Temples, Associations Forum
The Hindu Organizational Conference brings together a vast array of Hindu organizations, including temples, associations, and institutions to share best practices, experiences, resources, and ideas. The session also provides a platform to discuss challenges and opportunities for generating inclusive prosperity ethically and effectively. The guiding theme of the conference is "Sanghe Shakti Kaliyuge", which means "Organization is Strength".
Introductory Remark - Keynote
Session 1. Mandir as a Nuclei for serving the needs of Hindu Community
Concept & Structure: Temple Model with Fit, Form and Function for the Environment and the People. Seva: Temples as an instrument for serving Hindu Society - Seva role. Program Strategy: Role of temples in creating positive impact on youth, family and society (Communication, Chaplaincy or Counselling). Governance: Sustainable and Independent Temples - free from government.
Session 2. Collaboration Within and Between Linguistic Organizations
Hindu society is fragmented along linguistic groups. Such fragmentation is not limited to linguistic line but is deeper within the same linguistic group. Many political parties and other religious groups have exploited these communities. Due to ignorance and petty egos, these organizations don't participate in the Hindu activities. This lack of engagement in the larger interests of Hindu society, results in further division of the Hindu society. There is need for increased involvement and harnessing of this traditional potential in organizing the community and the Hindu society. Sometimes inter community conflicts are engineered for various reasons. We need to promote positive inter community bonding and interactions for better understanding and common good of Hindu society.
Saturday September 8, 2018
Session 3. Human rights violation around the world
Hindu community has been on the receiving end for some time in various parts of the world, such as in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and in West Asian countries, and Gypsies in Europe. As a billion society, it is our responsibility to help our Hindu brothers and sisters in these countries, so that they get fair treatment and can live with dignity. Network Hindu organizations actively addressing these issues e.g. HAF, GHRD.
Session 4. Operational mechanism for Hindus to reach the unreached areas
Developing operational mechanism and resources for Hindus to reach the unreached areas: such as South America, Africa and Eastern Europe. Most of these unreached areas belonged to various indigenous tribes with ancient tradition, culture and heritage. Many of these groups have been either converted to Islam or Christianity. It has been noted that some of these groups continue to practice their ancient traditions although they have been converted. Now there is a revival and they are looking towards Hindus because of similarities. So, there is an opportunity to work with these groups.
Session 5. Responding to Socio-Cultural Challenges before Global Hindu Society
There are many challenges that the Hindu society faces in lands outside of Bharat, apart from discrimination and human rights violations. These are genuine soico cultural needs that arise in a totally foreign context. What can we do to share these common concerns and develop common frameworks and solutions that can be shared. These challenges also present opportunities for Hindus to contribute positively to their adopted lands drawing upon the depth and richness of their ancestral heritage.
Session 6. Case Studies - Success Stories
Sharing exemplary and inspiring case studies and success stories.