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 the Role of Dialogue in Promoting Social Cohesion

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 debate can affect our society, why our society has adopted this model, and how alternatives can be identified. Participants represented members of parliament, civil society and community engagement organisations, faith and inter-faith bodies, the media and broadcast journalism, and academia. Attendees included, amongst others, individuals from 3 Faiths Forum, the Briti

"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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