Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia
Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia is the current Secretary General of the World Sikh Council-America Region and the Moderator of Religions for Peace – USA. He is a trustee of North American Interfaith Network, the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, and the National Religious Coalition Against Torture.
Dr. Butalia has worked extensively with the World Council of Churches and helped organize the first National Gathering of Religious Leaders in Chicago in 2006, the same year he addressed the Eighth World Assembly of Religions for Peace in Kyoto, Japan. He has been active in facilitating Catholic-Sikh dialogue and represented the Sikh Faith at the 25th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Peace hosted by Pope Benedict XVI at the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, Italy.
Tarunjit manages to assume major responsibilities amongst the leaders of the world’s religions while staying active in grassroots interfaith activity. He has long been a leader among Ohio’s Sikhs and continues to take leadership roles in state-wide, municipal, and university interfaith efforts in Columbus, Ohio, where he has been profiled by the local news and received numerous awards for interfaith bridge-building. Dr. Butalia advises the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue and contributes to Huffington Post-Religion. His interfaith efforts have been showcased nationally on the Hallmark Channel.