Professor Sukhsimranjit Singh lectures on Sikhism in wake of temple shootings



Professor Sukhsimranjit Singh, associate director of the College of Law’s Center for Dispute Resolution and a practicing Sikh, has been invited to speak at several events in the wake of the shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin last month.

The shootings left six dead and three injured. The priest of the temple remains in a coma.

The shootings shocked the country and generated an outpouring of support for Sikh practitioners, including those in Oregon. Singh was invited to speak at candlelight vigils at Sikh temples in Salem and Portland. He also spoke recently at a “lunch and lecture” series sponsored by the Oregon Area Jewish Committee.

“Some of us had conflicts within us – should we live here? Are we safe?” Singh said at the OAJC lecture. “How do we change the hatred into peace building?”

Singh said non-Sikhs are curious to learn more about his religion and how Sikhs are able to find forgiveness after the shootings. He tells them that Sikhs believe in creating peace within themselves before spreading it throughout the world.

Singh is a board member of the Oregon Mediation Association and has mediated family, cross-cultural and inter-religious disputes. He has spoken about peaceful cross-cultural conflict resolution in the United States, Europe and Asia. To read more about Singh, click here.