Mobedyar Maneck Bhujwala was recently elected for a second time, as President of the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council (GHBIC), in Southern California, which serves religious communities of Huntington Beach and nearby cities like Fountain Valley, Westminster, Cypress, and Seal Beach.
GHBIC was founded by the City Council, in response to hate crimes and incidents. It holds monthly meetings, where people of all faiths are invited. It organizes several programs every year, including ‘Day of Service’, ‘Blessing of the Waves’, ‘Prayer Breakfast’ and ‘Thanksgiving Day’, and also participates in the largest Independence Day Parade West of the Mississippi river, USA.
Bhujwala has been a GHBIC member since 2005 and previously served in its executive committee, taking the opportunity to share information about Prophet Zarathushtra, his teachings, and the history of our religion and community, with members of other faiths. In June 2021, he also participated in an online panel discussion titled, ‘I am a Zoroastrian Ask me Anything’, alongside other speakers from the California Zoroastrian Center of Westminster. The discussion was attended by over a hundred people globally and was a good opportunity to answer questions about Zoroastrian beliefs and undo false stereotypes.