The Sikh Research Institute

This profile was last updated in 2004

History

In 2002, SikhSikhs call their tradition the “Sikh Panth,” meaning the “community (panth) of the disciples of the Guru.” The tradition reveres a lineage of ten Gurus, beginning with Guru Nanak in the 16th century and coming to a clos. with the death of Guru Gob... leaders in San Antonio recognized the growing need for Americans to be educated on SikhismSikhs call their tradition the “Sikh Panth,” meaning the “community (panth) of the disciples of the Guru.” The tradition reveres a lineage of ten Gurus, beginning with Guru Nanak in the 16th century and coming to a clos. with the death of Guru Gob.... While independent Sikh organizations were sprouting throughout the country to address issues of civil liberties, Sikh education, and human rights, no organization existed to facilitate networking between Sikh organizations and to help them work together. With this in mind, the Sikh Research Institute of San Antonio was born in December 2002. Since then, the small organization has made big contributions to Sikh education in America, working on college campuses, reaching out to business leaders, and reviving America’s Sikh Community.

Goals

The Sikh Research Institute fuses on three main goals: Leadership Enhancement, Community Revival, and Facilitating Sikh Connections.

1) Leadership Enhancement: A primary goal of the Sikh Research Institute is to create Sikh leaders on every level of the community, from high school students to married couples, bus drivers to business executives. Leadership conferences help SikhsSikhs call their tradition the “Sikh Panth,” meaning the “community (panth) of the disciples of the Guru.” The tradition reveres a lineage of ten Gurus, beginning with Guru Nanak in the 16th century and coming to a clos. with the death of Guru Gob... develop strategies to impact and strengthen their own communities. A 2004 leadership conference for Sikh Business owners helped entrepreneurs discover how business can provide a forum where Sikhs can be visible, positive educators and role models for the larger community. Each summer, the Institute also hosts Sidak, a Sikh Summer program where Sikhs from ages 17 to 40 can develop networks and immerse themselves in theology, contemporary issues, and leadership development.

2) Community Revival: The Sikh Research Institute also aims to answer the question: How can the Sikh community reach out and educate the broader community on Sikhism? In the aftermath of September 11, how can Sikhs globally promote respect and dialogue? With this in mind, the Institute works on college campuses, with the State Department, and in interfaith events to help educate Americans on Sikhism. In this vein, the organization sponsored “Tie a TurbanSikh men wear a turban and Sikh women wear a long head scarf known as a chunni in fulfillment of one of the basic vows taken when joining the Khalsa (the order of committed Sikhs)—to leave the hair uncut as a sign of complete dedication to God. This is ... Day” at TrinityThe Trinity is the Christian doctrine of the three natures of the One God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The language of the Trinity bespeaks the complexity of God, who can be spoken of as the transcendent creator, the one who accompanies humanity as the ... University in 2013, where they tied turbansSikh men wear a turban and Sikh women wear a long head scarf known as a chunni in fulfillment of one of the basic vows taken when joining the Khalsa (the order of committed Sikhs)—to leave the hair uncut as a sign of complete dedication to God. This is ... on fellow students heads and explained the meaning of this tradition in Sikhism. They also met with State department officials to educate them about Sikhism. The Institute’s broad involvement in interfaith events includes participating at the annual interfaith Thanksgiving massMass is a term used in the Roman Catholic Church for the ritual that culminates in the celebration of the Eucharist, the central rite of sharing the consecrated bread and wine in the church community. at San Fernando Cathedral as well as working with the Interfaith Council of San Antonio.

3) Facilitating Connections: Central to the Institute’s mission is creating a positive dialogue among Sikh organizations around the country such as SCORE, SMART, and SIKHNET. They are currently creating a database of Sikh issues that will allow Sikhs globally to collaborate with one another and spearhead strategies.