For the Future of Sikhi

We are imagining a contemporary future for Sikhs. Through innovation and investment we are creating a Sikh institution for the future and encouraging new opportunities for connection to the Guru's wisdom.

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Our members have achieved much in life and are now inspired by the same existential questions:
How do I become a better Sikh?
What can I do for Sikhi?

Innovation in —

Connection

The world has changed and continues to change rapidly. Yet, our modes of connection to the Guru Granth Sahib have not. Our Charter Members are interested in fuelling innovations that will allow everyone to find new connections to Gurmat. Through this work, many Charter Members are even enhancing their own connection to the Guru.

Legacy for the —

Future

Preservation is not enough. Our Charter Members are interested in fuelling work that will create a living, thriving culture for Sikhi. From the present moment, through to our children and grandchildren, our Charter Members are collectively looking towards the horizon to ensure that a bright future lies in store for those seeking a path towards Sikhi.

Service to —

Panth

Our Charter Members are accomplished and highly driven individuals who have oriented their lives towards achievement. Now, they are interested in being of service—and seeing the tangible impact of their service—towards the Panth. As some of the highest functioning members of our global Sangat, our Charter Members are looking for the institutional vehicles that will amplify their individual impact.

Meet Our Members

Learn about the Charter Network directly from its members.

A Global Network

Our Charter Members span geographies, life experiences and qualifications. Our membership reflects the diversity of the Panth.

Arpinder Kaur

& Dr. Pritpal Singh

Dallas, TX

Deepika Kaur Sawhney

& Amarpreet Singh

Lexington, MA

Dr. Neena Singh Bhuller

& Dr. Gurpal Singh Bhuller

Vienna, VA

Harjeet Kaur Virdi

& Manmeet Singh Virdi

Monroe Township, NJ

Phyllis Joan Singh

& Dr. Kirpal Singh

Daytona Beach, FL
...and many more throughout North America.

Our Purpose

As a network, we hope for our members to utilize their social and business connections to share and progress the vision of SikhRI to universal streams and spaces.

We chose the term very carefully. Typically, a “charter member” is someone who is involved at the inception—during the earliest stages of starting something new, of founding an organization or initiating a meaningful project. This term could not be more true for our Charter Members:

We are imagining a contemporary future for Sikhs that does NOt currently exist

We are encouraging a worldwide connection to Gurbani that does NOt exist

We are setting out to build the institution that does NOt exist

Our Charter Members are the founders of this future — committed to this shared vision.

SikhRI Achievements

Since 2003, the Sikh Research Institute has developed content and experiences to connect Sikhs with the Guru Granth Sahib, inspiring them to lead a Guru-inspired life. We have undergone many evolutions and revolutions in this time and now stand at the threshold of our most profound work.

Guru Nanak Sahib Exhibition - New Delhi, India

This exhibition was unique for its focus on Guru Nanak Sahib's narrative, supported by primary and secondary sources, and further augmented throug artistic expressions. The Exhibition moved from the earliest mentions of Guru Nanak Sahib, through time until present-day.

Nanakshahi 550: The Portable Exhibition

Launched in Australia and the United Kingdom, this exhibit is meant to give audiences a glimpse into the life and legacy of Guru Nanak Sahib. 13 panel.

Revolutionary in Oneness: Celebrating Nanakshahi 550

Our list of globally renowned speakers united in Surrey, BC to highlight the connection to the philosophies that shaped spiritual and temporal life in South Asia.

Charter Members Network Created

A network was created for our members who believed in our vision and wanted to help in facilitating individual transformation and institutional critical thinking.

Governance is Key: Gurduara Governance Program

The one day training session is aimed at current and prospective Gurduara boards, management, and decision makers. It's goal is to to inform Gurduara board officials of their Panthak and legal responsibilities.

SikhRI Presents: Kultar's Mime Play

Our theatre production opened up the floor for conversation around 1984 among the masses, to invoke Guru Nanak’s sensitivity to suffering, especially in genocidal campaigns.

Building Leaders with The Vidia Mentorship Programme

The programme helped connect young Sikh students with Sikh professionals in their areas of interest to empower them to succeed, as well as to build the proper foundational skills to thrive in their industry.

Global Expansion Begins: SikhRI Canada Is Registered

SikhRI's global expansion begins with the launch of SikhRI Canada. Our Canadian counterpart helps extend SikhRI to a larger audience, with more conferences and fundraisers taking place in Canada.

October 2009

Sojhi K-12 standards and lesson plans launched.

July 2013

We rolled out our first phase of the Sojhi curriculum. This included free downloadable individual lessons of Boli (language) & Virsa (heritage) lesson plans for students in Kindergarten through to the second grade. 156 lesson plans for these three grade levels are still available. Click here to learn more.

January 2014

We launched the The Vidia Mentorship Program in British Columbia, Canada. The program was designed to connect young Sikh students with Sikh professionals in their areas of interest to empower them to succeed.

September 2014

Launch of the play Kultar’s Mime in Boston to facilitate conversation on 1984 among masses to invoke Guru Nanak’s sensitivity to suffering, especially in genocidal campaigns.

October 2015

SikhRI launches the Gurduara Governance Program
A one day training session aimed at current and prospective Gurduara boards, management, and decision makers. The training offers to make Gurduara board individuals fully informed of their Panthak and legal responsibilities.

February 2020
November 2019
October 2019
October 2017
October 2015
September 2014
January 2014
September 2009

Charter Member Updates:

October 18, 2019
Guru Nanak Sahib: Revolutionary in Oneness Conference
We produced a one-day conference highlighting the connection to the philosophies that shaped spiritual and temporal life in South Asia.
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September 27, 2019
The Guru Granth Sahib Project Launches
Introducing the world's first collaborative translation and commentary to showcase unique perspective and dimensions
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November 15, 2019
Guru Nanak Sahib: 1-Ness to 1-Identity
We partnered with VOYCE and the National Museum in New Delhi, for a unique exhibition on the story of Guru Nanak Sahib.
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News From the Charters Members Network:

Guru Nanak Sahib: Revolutionary in Oneness Conference

Our eye-opening conference on the life and legacy of Guru Nanak this past weekend at SFU’s newly opened School of Sustainable Energy Engineering. The conference brought in a few hundred guests to downtown Surrey to listen to a wide array of presenters from around the globe in celebration of #Nanakshahi550.

Learn more about the conference
The Guru Granth Sahib Project Launches

With the help of The Guru Granth Sahib Project, people from all around the world can build that deeper connection that they couldn’t before. Beyond that, there are increasing generations of Sikhs in diaspora who do not consume Panjabi content, let alone Gurbani. The universal messages and timeless wisdom of Sabad are trapped behind a disconnection with the script and lexicon of the time.

Try out The Guru Granth Sahib Project simulation now
Guru Nanak Sahib: 1-Ness to 1-Identity

Running from February 1st to 9th, the exhibition will illustrate the life and times of Guru Nanak Sahib through panel discussions, workshops, poetry and music sessions, and much more. For more information, go to voyce.in.

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Interested in joining us or learning more?

All of our members are looking for Sikh institutions where their time, thinking and resources will be maximized for the greatest world impact. If this is what you are looking for, then please leave us your information and a team member will be in touch immediately.

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