As you may be aware, Just Outcomes has been invited to provide our support and guidance to the Compassionate Reconciliation Project. We appreciate that this is a difficult and painful time for many people within your community, and we are humbled and honored to support you in taking these courageous steps forward.
During this difficult time, our goal is to support you in working together to strengthen and rebuild the fabric of relationships within this community. We hope that our accompaniment in this time may be in service of the strength and resilience already deeply present among you.
To those who have experienced recent or historical harm within this community, we honor your voices and hope that the work ahead may provide you with meaningful options and pathways toward recovery and healing.
To those experiencing the pain of disconnection and loss of trust with others in your community, we hope that this will be a process of discovering clarity, understanding and growth within relationships. We respect the journey of each person in making sense of this time. Each one of you holds an important place within this work and must be included in writing the next chapter in the life of this community.
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?
Dear Members of our 3HO, Sikh Dharma, and KRI Community,
Sat Nam. With the release of the report from An Olive Branch, the next substantive task before us is to turn our attention to the process of healing. As stated previously, the Siri Singh Sahib Corporation and our related organizations are committed to taking action to address the findings in the report, to assist all reporters of harm and to promote healing in our community. We approach this huge task with an open heart and a sincere desire to reach out and move forward with the process of healing and reconciliation.
We have embarked on a program of Compassionate Reconciliation based on the principles of restorative justice, mediation and other healing modalities. We are currently interviewing and vetting a number of the most respected restorative justice experts throughout the world to assemble a team with specific qualifications that meet the needs of our community. We place the utmost importance on three main areas:
Dear Members of the Sikh Dharma, 3HO and KRI Communities,
Sat Nam. Early in 2020, multiple allegations concerning sexual misconduct by our founder Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji (Yogi Bhajan) came to light. As a non-profit religious organization with a commitment to high ethical standards, the Siri Singh Sahib Corporation (SSSC) took formal steps to address the allegations. We directed the formation of a Collaborative Response Team (CRT), which was tasked with responding to the allegations in a transparent and timely manner. The SSSC then commissioned an independent organization, An Olive Branch (AOB), to conduct an independent investigation into the allegations. As the allegations were made posthumously, efforts were made throughout the process to ensure that Yogi Bhajan’s students and supporters had the opportunity to speak on his behalf. Neither the SSSC, the CRT, nor any of our affiliate organizations have had any influence over An Olive Branch’s process or its report. The SSSC Board would like to express our deepest gratitude to An Olive Branch and to all who participated in this process.