At this time, in humanity’s collective evolution, we are going through a period of intense turmoil, a turmoil which can be likened to a troubled individual’s transition from adolescence to adulthood. At this time, trust in democracy and public institutions are at a historic low; prejudices of all kinds (race, religion, nation, sex, class and more) are enflamed and stoked for political gain; and public discourse is increasingly polarized and divisive. This global agitation is felt by many as a lack of security, uncertainty and even apathy about the future, as well as mistrust of others. Yet even in this dark time, there are people from all walks of life, who have hope for the future and who want to do what they can to help humanity move beyond this low point in its evolution.
Each week, in October and November, of this year, everyone is invited to a series of presentations and gently moderated discussions, focused on many of the pressing issues of today. Together we will explore human rights, the need for the elimination of all forms of prejudice, the requirement for new institutions that are capable of addressing global issues, accessibility of education for everyone, how strengthening of local communities is a powerful antidote to divisive rhetoric and the reality that avenues of action are available for bringing about meaningful change. These discussions are open to members of all religious faiths, atheists and agnostics; people of all races (really we are all one human race); people of all ages; people of all gender identities; people of all economic and social standings; people with any national background – in short, these discussions are open to every member of our community.
Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.
– Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
The public gatherings will be held in the library at the Downtown Activity Centre (451 Shuswap Street S), Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm, throughout October and November.