OPA Reflections

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 the stages of its infancy and childhood, and is now on the verge of its collective maturity.  The co...

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 contributed significantly to providing a deeper understanding of the role of religion and belief in curren...

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 id...

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, freedom of speech, freedom of religion or belief, and the economy.

In order for our society to progress,...

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 Religion and Belief in British Public Life, we feel that this enquiry is very timely.

We recognise that a m...

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 Shan...

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