Sat Nam Dear Members of our 3HO, Sikh Dharma, and KRI Community,
As a community built on a shared vision of service, righteous action and goodwill to all, we are facing a time of challenge and polarization. The pain and division that our community is currently experiencing necessitates that we work together to find a place of understanding and healing. Towards that end, we are beginning a program of Compassionate Reconciliation based on the principles of restorative justice, conflict transformation, and other modalities. We hope to include all facets of our community in this effort, as each person is important and all voices need to be included to truly be successful.
We have engaged a team of restorative consultants to help guide us through this process. To find the right team of consultants, the Siri Singh Sahib Corporation (SSSC) created an interim commission with members from the SSSC and our legacy organizations to research the work that has been done in the area of restorative justice and conflict transformation. After vetting 17 teams from around the world, and conducting 12 interviews, three teams were selected for a second round of interviews before making a final decision. We are very happy to announce that our final choice, Just Outcomes, has been hired to help facilitate the Compassionate Reconciliation efforts for our community.
Just Outcomes is experienced in supporting communities who are responding to harmful and difficult situations. They will work with us to create a meaningful approach to the issues that we are facing. These include helping those who reported harm, resolving the issues that divide our community, and finding lasting and just solutions. This will not be a superficial process, and therefore will not be a quick process. We expect to be working with this effort for the next one to two years and we are committed to investing the time and energy required for this work to be successful.
Sat Nam dear members of our 3HO, Sikh Dharma, and KRI Community,
This year has proven to be challenging in more ways than one. As we joined the world in bracing for a pandemic, our own organization had to face the difficult situation of allegations of abuse. As a religious organization with a commitment to high ethical standards, we took formal and immediate steps to address the claims, commission an independent investigation from An Olive Branch, and publish the findings for all to review and understand.
The conclusions drawn from An Olive Branch’s report were shocking. However, we must recognize that valued individuals in our community have experienced harm and that the report’s conclusions have contributed to divisiveness within the community. In order to move forward, we must work together to understand one another and find a way to heal personally and as a whole. Therefore, we are embarking on a program of Compassionate Reconciliation to restore and preserve our teachings and way of life for the long-term. This process will be lengthy and complex, but it is critical to our future.
We want to help you understand the path forward as well as well as encourage all to support and engage with the Compassionate Reconciliation process as it is developed and implemented. We have prepared a series of questions and answers to provide more detail about the program’s purpose and the steps ahead:
Why are we embarking on a program of Compassionate Reconciliation?