International Cultural Center

Bethesda-Rockville Interfaith Dialogue Group: Th, Jan 10 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Topic: Sikhism in America

On Thurs. January 10, . Rajwant Singh, Dentist and a founding member of the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, a Sikh congregation based in Rockville, will speak on the history of Sikhism, and their religious practices in other countries and in the US.

This new group meets monthly on the second Thursday evening, alternating between St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and another religious community’s site in the Bethesda /Rockville area.

Format: First hour: Refreshments and introductions; then speaker, followed by Q & A.
Second hour: Small group interfaith dialogues.
Bio of speaker: Dr. Rajwant Singh was born in Calcutta, India, in 1961. He immigrated to the United States in 1979 and settled in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He completed a Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 1989 from the School of Dentistry at Georgetown University. Dr. Singh has been active in the interfaith affairs on behalf of the Sikh community, nationally and internationally. He is the first Sikh leader to be invited to the White House in 1993 by President Clinton. Dr. Singh was President of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, from 1994 to 1996. Dr. Singh represented the Sikh faith at the Global Forum for Human Survival in 1990 in Soviet Union. He also participated in a summit on Conservation and Religions in Japan. Dr. Singh was also invited to present the Sikh viewpoint on nature in a conference in Greece and Turkey at the invitation of Greek Patriarch of Constantinople. He also represented the Sikh faith to a Peace Prayer gathering of faiths at the invitation of Pope John Paul at Assisi in 2002.

Dr. Singh has been an activist for environmental and conservation issues. He provided Sikh environmental views for a United Nations Environment Program publication and helped launch EcoSikh – A Sikh community’s response to Climate Change, which was launched in New Delhi in July 2009. He also represented Sikh faith in Faiths Summit on Climate Change at Windsor Castle which was hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Prince Philip and organized by Alliance of Religions and Conservation. Currently, Dr. Singh is Founder and Chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE). Founded in 1998, The Sikh Council, based in Washington, serves as a think tank and represents Sikhs in various forums and venues. The mission of the Sikh Council is to “foster understanding through education and interfaith relations, to promote the concept of community and to work to secure a just society for all.”