Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
Dear Kaur Life Sangat,
We want to thank all of you for your incredible support and excitement in building, participating in, shaping, and growing Kaur Life. The last nine years have been transformative for us, and hopefully for you too.
We’re writing with the exciting news to let you know that Kaur Life is morphing into a digital archive.
Since 2014, the digital landscape has changed drastically. Where once, Kaur Life was the only platform for people to discuss the intersection of Sikhi, gender, race, and caste; now, there are many different avenues for connection and learning. We are delighted to see that there are more groups and initiatives emerging to explore niche topics from a Sikh and Gurmat perspectives.
With that in mind, the Kaur Life Board feels the best way for us to keep serving the Sikh Panth is for Kaur Life to become a digital archive of original publications. In this next phase, the Kaur Life website will take the time to ensure that Kaur Life can be remembered for what it was able to accomplish. We are moving away from a real-time publication for news and editorials, and moving towards a reference resource for future use. Kaur Life would become a Sikh cultural resource dedicated to sharing Kaur Life’s publications to ensure the Kaur Life community’s knowledge production.
We’re not ready to announce any specifics just yet, but we will share more details as soon as we can. As founders and organizers who are deeply invested in Kaur Life and community, our priority is to ensure that we stay true to the original mission of Kaur Life and our core values.
In the meantime, we want to reflect on what we have built together.
What We Have Built Together, With Guru Ji’s Kirpa
Feeling there was a need for online resources for Kaurs to engage with Sikhi, Lakhpreet Kaur started Kaur Thoughts in 2012 to explore Sikhi and gender. Over time, with more readers and guest writers, in 2014 Lakhpreet changed Kaur Thoughts into a non-profit organization, Kaur Life, and invited the Sikh Panth to help it grow.
In the last 9 years, over 300 writers from across the globe have written over 390 articles! These writers have covered topics like Black Lives Matter, Queer Identity, The India Farmers Protest, kesh, careers, surviving sexual assault, and more. Kaur Life sevadars have hosted (or co-hosted) 10 events including book clubs, retreats, and discussions.
We are delighted to see you–the Panth–has grown over the years with Kaur Life. We feel blessed by Akal Purkh for this opportunity of seva and to be able to experience such a unique moment in time.
Now, we’re calling on you to continue to invest in the Sikh Panth. The Kaur Life website and social media pages will remain live and we encourage you to use it to stay in touch with one another. We also encourage you to engage with other Sikh organizations and initiatives.
The Kaur Life Board is humbled and honored to have been a part of your Sikhi journey and we look forward to serving you in a new way.
In Chardi Kala,
Lakhpreet Kaur, Harleen Kaur, Isha Kaur, prabhdeep singh kehal, and Sangeeta Kaur
Kaur Life Board