Reflections and Statements

On this page, you will find reflections and statements from the Office of Public Affairs, as well as from individuals from the Bahá’í community who are sharing their own thoughts and reflections on various subjects, topics, and areas of interest.

Below you will find both OPA Reflections and Individual Reflections together, though if you want to just look at OPA Reflections or Individual Reflections, click on the drop-down menu above.

July 22, 2019

In July, the UK Bahá’í Office of Public Affairs held its second roundtable in a series that is exploring how insights from religion and belief systems can be harnessed to promote social cohesion.  

The two roundtables have brought together representatives from Humanists UK, the National Secular Society, The Ministry for Housing,...

July 1, 2019

175 Years of Persecution: A History of the Bábís and Bahá’ís of Iran by Fereydun Vahman

Oneworld publications.

Great works of history are themselves history-making, because they transform distant occurrences from the past into a narrative about our current struggle to build a better future.In reading this gripping, meticulously do...

June 27, 2019

NEWSLETTER: Roundtable on the role of religion in Social Cohesion  

In early March, the UK Bahá’í Office of Public Affairs held a roundtable with diverse actors across civil society, government, and faith groups, to explore the role of religion and worldviews in today’s discussions around social cohesion.  

The roundtabl...

December 20, 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, the issue of speech has once again taken centre stage. Persistent commentary via thought and opinion pieces, essays and news stories, continues to analyse and evaluate the contribution that freedom of speech makes towards the advancement of society. Current concerns range across a spectrum from censorsh...

June 20, 2018

During Mental Health Awareness week this year, discussions took place in many national and local settings regarding the ways our society can better understand and support those who live with mental health issues. The UK now has its first Minister for Loneliness, perhaps a timely indicator that concerns of this nature need to be...

June 20, 2018

Representatives of the UK Baha’i Office of Public Affairs were pleased to attend the Inaugural Religion and Media Festival held on 27 March 2018. 

The event brought together journalists, broadcasters and media executives, those of faith and those of none, to take “a fresh look at the way religion is reported in the media and new...

June 20, 2018

‘Yes, yes, of course I do,’ was the answer given by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha'i Faith in the autumn of 1911.

The question, posed by the leader of a woman’s suffrage society in London, sought to clarify whether this elderly gentleman from the East really approved of giving women the vote?

Were th...

With this year marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’i Faith, it seems timely to take stock, to reflect upon the conditions of our society, and to consider how the teachings and principles He enunciated are relevant for society today.

Humanity, Bahá’u’lláh explains, has passed through...

In December 2015, the UK Bahá'í community read with great interest the report of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life: Community, Diversity and the Common Good (hereafter referred to as “the report”). Given the rapidly changing landscape of religion and belief in the UK, we feel that the report has contri...

The year 2016 will be remembered for many things, one of which was the need to reconsider the prevalent modes of public discourse within society. It is fitting then that as the year came to a close some 50 participants from a range of backgrounds and organisations came together to explore how the prevailing mode of adversarial d...

Many challenging conversations are being held at all levels of society, which are of great significance to our shared future. These conversations include, but are in no way limited to, the nature of our shared national values, social cohesion, the equality of women and men, the role religion plays in public life, migration, free...

The UK Bahá'í Community is grateful for the opportunity to contribute towards the enquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Education on how Religious Literacy in the UK can be improved. Given the changing landscape of religion and belief in the UK, as highlighted in the recent report of the Commission on Religio...

On 2 March 2016, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Bahá’í Faith hosted a seminar at the UK Parliament to explore the relationship between religious freedom and economic prosperity, and other civil political freedoms.


In attendance were some 70 participants including parliamentarians, civil servants, academics, human right...

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