What We Do
In seeking to contribute to the four main focus areas, the OPA collaborates with individuals and organisations from a cross-section of society, representing various faiths and those of no particular faith, and together develop contributions and solutions on issues of social progress. The OPA organises and takes part in participatory events, including seminars and round-table discussions, as well as producing and contributing to various publications.
We believe that the means of contributing to a peaceful and just society must be consistent with the ends. Efforts to bring about unity can only be accomplished through means that are, in themselves, equitable, inclusive, and unifying. Therefore, we do not engage with partisan or adversarial activities.
Equally important to us is the process of exploring questions and challenges with one another. In a culture too often marked by debate, divisiveness and partisanship, we aim to stimulate genuine conversation and collective reflection on some of the challenging issues facing our society. Through engaging in a process of collective inquiry, consultation, action, and reflection, we believe that mutual learning and greater understanding can be achieved.
It is in this spirit that our office seeks to contribute perspectives, informed by the Bahá’í teachings and the experience of the Bahá’í community, to questions pertaining to social progress.
"The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds, through commendable and seemly conduct"