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.

Reflections from Mental Health Awareness Week

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 addressed in more formal spaces. Reports of an increase in anxiety and depression amongst young people have also sparked conversations within the UK’s faith communities, both in terms of identifying root causes, as well as offering helpful insights from different religious teachings. For example, mindfulness meditation, a Buddhist practice, has over the last several y

Exploring Belief at the Religion and Media Festival

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 ways to cover the oldest stories of all”. The Festival was a celebration of the best coverage of religion in the UK media, a forum to discuss how sensitive faith issues can be more effectively tackled, and a space to hear from those who commission and create content. Most importantly perhaps, the Festival helped articulate questions relating to the challenges and obli

From 1918 to 2018 - Women's Rights

‘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 the women delighted? apprehensive? incredulous? ‘Abdu’l-Bahá elaborated: ‘In all questions which concern the welfare of a nation, is not a woman's view as important as the man’s, if one would get a just and true consideration of all sides of that question? Therefore I am in favour of votes for women on every subject. This great woman's movement which is stirring and v

"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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