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Who we are
Community building activities, much like the ones in Cambridge, take root in over 200 countries worldwide representing over 2,000 ethnic, linguistic and cultural groups. We work with friends from every cultural or religious background to give practical expression to a vision of world unity. All races, ages, gender and social classes come together to create a warm and authentic sense of community. The unity that must underpin a peaceful and just social order embraces diversity – oneness and diversity are complementary and inseparable. Acceptance of the concept of unity in diversity implies the development of a sense of world citizenship and a love for all of humanity. According to the Bahá’í teachings:
“The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music where many different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord.”
At a time of change and uncertainty, humankind’s crucial need is to find a unifying vision of the nature of humanity and society:
“Let your vision be world embracing. The learned and worldly-wise men of this age were to allow mankind to inhale the fragrance of fellowship and love, every understanding heart would apprehend the meaning of true liberty, and discover the secret of undisturbed peace and absolute composure. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.”
How we work
We work and serve to build community and advance the processes towards peace in the United Kingdom and around the world. Yet, it all begins at neighbourhoods and local communities. Grassroots community development projects address the spiritual, intellectual, and material needs of the community and build the capacity of individuals to participate in creating a better world. The creation of a peaceful and noble society that fosters both individual and collective well-being is at the heart of what we do. The aim is empowerment from the grassroots up; thus, the individual is placed at the centre of the development process.
It is recognised that, as well as intellectual and material progress, an important influence for social change is spiritual progress – that is, unlocking one’s desire for service to humanity, cooperation and collaboration, working in fellowship alongside others for the good of our neighbours, and acceptance and tolerance of people from all walks of life. True service requires a humble and sincere posture of learning, and development of moral sensibility such as love, unity, truthfulness, courtesy, and honesty. The community-building initiatives are not, therefore, religious education, but built within a framework of common bond between the individual and the collective with a shared purpose driven by encouragement, mutual support and loving fellowship.
These society-building initiatives take shape in four principle areas: Children’s Classes (for children ages 5-10), Junior Youth Groups (for junior youth age 11-14), Youth Programmes (for youth age 15+), and Study Circles (for adults). Every serving member is a volunteer and those who work with children, junior youth, or youth are verified by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (previously known as CRB checks).