Call for Papers

HMEC 2013 – Call For Papers and Participation

Enhancing Hindu Community Through Mandirs

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On behalf of the Program Committee, it is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the 8th Hindu Mandir Executives’ Conference 2013 (HMEC 2013), Sept 20-21, 2013 to be held in Toronto, Canada. The theme of the conference is: “The Role of Hindu Mandirs and Institutions in Sustaining Dharma in America”.

At HMEC 2013 you will deliberate on ways of ensuring the sustenance of Hindu Dharma in North America and explore avenues for expanding mandirs’ roles to meet the ever-changing needs of our community. Your enthusiastic support contributed immensely towards making the previous seven conferences of high quality. We plan to continue that tradition this year.

The program being developed will be filled with inspiring talks and discussions. We will have ample opportunity of networking with our peers from other Hindu Temples nationwide, develop long-lasting friendships and share common goals and aspirations for our future generations.

  • Keynote Addresses
  • Exhibitions
  • Plenary Sessions
  • Workshops
  • Panel Discussions
  • Poster Sessions
  • Parallel Tracks: Seva and Outreach, Education, TempleOperations, Youth Programs, Arts & Culture

We come together from many walks of life, bringing with us varied experiences and points of view. It is this diversity which makes these conferences as successful as they have been. You are invited to offer your experience and wisdom in specific areas, for everyone else’s benefit. Contributing as:

  • A youth speaker
  • A panelist
  • A speaker
  • A poster presenter
  • A session chair
  • An author
  • A sponsor
  • Workshop organizer

 We join together as one and share and listen to each other’s stories, opinions and experiences. It is our hope that each one of us may take several new concepts from this conference and implement in advancing the growth of the respective temples. If you would like to contribute in any of the above roles please contact:

Program Co-Chair, HMEC 2013

Sharma  Tadepalli, 832-232-1516

Program, Co-Chair, HMEC 2013

Dwarka  Persaud, 519-240-0870

We are confident that participating in this conference will be a rewarding experience for you. Thank you once again for your interest and we look forward to working with you in the coming months in developing the program.

HMEC 2013 Program Committee

Topics, Subjects & Issues Including Previous HMECs

(Partial List)

Proposed sessions include but not limited to:                                                                                 

  • Inaugural Session
  • The New Trend of Hinduism in the West
  • HMEC Update and Report on Selected Projects
  • Engaging Hindu Community in North America
  • Mandir – A Hall of Learning & Dissemination
  • Attracting and Retaining the Next Generation
  • Priests & Worship Practices
  • Hindu Temples As Centers of Yoga Transmission     
  • Hindu Chaplaincy               
  • Seva to Hindu Community
  • Attire in the Temples           
  • Green Temples
  • Youth I & II
  • Methodology of Governing Temples  
  • Education – Best Practices
  • Outreach to Surrounding Communities
  • Bal Vihar Network
  • Temple Volunteerism
  • Mixed Marriages
  • HMEC Closure Session
  • Cultural Program & Invited Speakers

 Keynote Speeches and Plenary Sessions:

  • Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati Ji’s address
  • Pujya Swami Vidyadhishananda Ji’s address
  • Pujya Swami Chidananda Muni Ji’s address
  • Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji –Video Message.
  • Pujya Swami Adhyatmananda ji Maharaj – visiting from India
  • Swami Mukundananda of JK Yog, India
  • Swami Nikhilananda Ji (Radhe Madhav Society, TX)
  • Sadasivanantha Palaniswami Kawai Monastery (HT)
  • NextGen or Youth Perspective on Hindu Temples
  • Framework for temple content architecture (not physical)
  • GREEN temples – GYAN engage all faith-based and secular entities on environmental issues
  • HMEC Steering Committee – Its role and responsibility
  • Inter-faith and out-reach

 Project Updates:

  • Hindu Mandir Priest Conference May 2013
  • Hindu Chaplaincy Initiative
  • Hindu Prayer Book for Hospitals
  • Past Attendee(s) share learnings from previous HMECs
  • Seva Diwas – Blood Drive through Temples
  • Update World Hindu Congress in 2014
  • Report on HMEC at WAVES (July 2012)
  • Vanaprasthi Network (Serving Our Senior Citizens)
  • Mandir Bal Vihar Network Conference

Parallel Sessions and Workshops

  • Youth and NextGen
  • Education – Young, Yuva & Adults
  • TempleOperations, Management  & Administration
  • Temple: Religious & Rituals
  • Outreach to Surrounding Communities
  • Services to Our Hindu Community
  • Seva for the community we live in
  • Priests – A variety of aspects
  • Other Programs to offer at the temple
  • Human Rights and State of Hindus Worldwide
  • Conflict Resolution and Team Work
  • Library Book Project – India Unveiled
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Retention
  • Teaching Sanskrit to Yuva and Adults

 Other ways to participate in HMEC 13

  • Poster Sessions
  • Contribution of Articles and Abstracts to Mandir Vani (Conference Souvenir)
  • Booths – Limited to Promotion (and sale) of Hindu and Temple Centric Material

Arrange Small Group Meetings to develop action plans, etc.