Tarunjit Singh Butalia

Tarunjit Singh Butalia

Btech 1987, Civil

Tarunjit Singh Butalia, a Dublin man of the Sikh faith, is the 2016 recipient of the Luminosa Award for Unity presented by the Focolare Center for Education in Dialogue. The Focolare movement payed tribute through this award to Butalia’s decades of work in interreligious dialogue and peacemaking, as well as for his scientific contributions to environmental sustainability. Noting Butalia’s contributions to the field of interreligious relations, the Focolare movement recognized a special trip taken at the invitation of Pope Benedict XIV in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Peace, when Butalia visited the Vatican as one of only five Sikhs invited from around the world. His efforts to facilitate stronger ties between these faiths was reflected by his initiating high-level dialogue between the U.S. Sikh community and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Butalia also serves the boards of Religions for Peace — USA, the North American Interfaith Network and the Sikh Council for Interfaith Relations. In Columbus, he is part of the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio.