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.

Report of Seminar on Freedom of Religion & Economic Prosperity

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 rights activists, business professionals, and faith community leaders. The seminar was opened by Jim Shannon MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief. The members of the panel included the Rt Hon Baroness Joyce Anelay of St Johns DBE, the Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Professor Brian J. Grim

"Sincerity is the foundation-stone of faith. That is, a religious individual must disregard his personal desires and seek in whatever way he can wholeheartedly to serve the public interest"

- 'Abdu'l-Bahá

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