World Peace has been promised.
Heritage Room UCO Nigh University Center

The Promise of World Peace A new day is coming

"For the first time in history it is possible for everyone to view the entire planet, with all its myriad diversified peoples, in one perspective. World peace is not only possible but inevitable."

- the Baha'i Faith

Map of the event location; The Nigh University Center.
Monday
22
November
2021
10am - 4pm

UCO Nigh University Center, third-floor Heritage Room

The Promise of World Peace

Join us in examining universal solutions to age-old problems based on the wisdom of 'Abdu'l-Baha and the tenets of the Baha'i Faith.

Open to all!

No registration required!

Free parking code.

The following passages, from a letter entitled The Promise of World Peace, narrate the weighty theme of world peace, following closely the ideas laid out by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá some 70 years earlier.

Throughout History Humanity has been divided

"The scientific and technological advances occurring in this unusually blessed century [the 20th century] portend a great surge forward in the social evolution of the planet, and indicate the means by which the practical problems of humanity may be solved.  They provide, indeed, the very means for the administration of the complex life of a united world.  Yet barriers persist.  Doubts, misconceptions, prejudices, suspicions,  and narrow self-interests beset nations and peoples in their relations one to another."

Divisions of Race

"Racism, one of the most baneful and persistent evils, is a major barrier to peace.  Its practice perpetrates too outrageous a violation of the dignity of human beings to be countenanced under any pretext.  Racism retards the unfoldment of the boundless potentialities of its victims, corrupts its perpetrators, and blights human progress."

Artificial divisions breaking apart the human family.

Divisions of Class

"The inordinate disparity between rich and poor, a source of acute suffering, keeps the world in a state of instability, virtually on the brink of war.  Few societies have dealt effectively with this situation."

Artifical divisions breaking up the fabric of society.

These divisions are artificial

The end of conflict "can be founded only on an unshakeable consciousness of the oneness of mankind, a spiritual truth which all the human sciences confirm.  Anthropology, physiology, psychology, recognize only one human species, albeit infinitely varied in the secondary aspects of life. Recognition of this truth requires abandonment of prejudice--prejudice of every kind--rice, class, color, creed, nation, sex, degree of material civilization, everything which enables people to consider themselves superior to others."

Acceptance of the oneness of mankind is the first fundamental prerequisite for reorganization and administration of the world as one country, the home of humankind.  Universal acceptance of this spiritual principle is essential to any successful attempt to establish world peace.  It should therefore be universally proclaimed, taught in schools, and constantly asserted in every nation as preparation for the organic change in the structure of society which it implies.

The whole world.
"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." -Bahá’u’lláh

They have caused strife

"A paralyzing contradiction has developed in human affairs.  On the one hand, people of all nations proclaim not only their readiness but their longing for peace and harmony, for an end to the harrowing apprehensions tormenting their daily lives.  On the other, uncritical assent is given to the proposition that human beings are incorrigibly selfish and aggressive and thus incapable of erecting a social system at once progressive and peaceful, dynamic and harmonious, a system giving free play to individual creativity and initiative but based on cooperation and reciprocity."

A New Message

The Oneness of Humanity is Announced

‘Abdu’l-Bahá with a group of friends in Brooklyn, New York, June 1912.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá with a group of friends in Brooklyn, New York, June 1912.
Copyright © Bahá'í International Community; Source Baha'i Media Bank

"A candid acknowledgement that prejudice, war and exploitation have been the expression of immature stages in a vast historical process and that the human race is today experiencing the unavoidable tumult which marks its collective coming of age is not a reason for despair but a prerequisite to undertaking the stupendous enterprise of building a peaceful world."

"No serious attempt to set human affairs aright, to achieve world peace, can ignore religion.  Man's perception and practice of it are largely the stuff of history.  An eminent historian described religion as 'a faculty of human nature.'"  That the perversion of this faculty has contributed to much of the confusion in society and the conflicts in and between individuals can hardly be denied.  But neither can any fair-minded observer discount the preponderating influence exerted by religion on the vital expressions of civilization.  Furthermore, its indispensability to social order has repeatedly been demonstrated by its direct effect on laws and morality.  

"Whatever suffering and turmoil the years immediately ahead may hold, however dark the immediate circumstances, the Baha'i community believes that humanity can confront this supreme trial with confidence in its ultimate outcome.  Far from signalizing the end of civilization, the convulsive changes towards which humanity is being every more rapidly impelled will serve to release the 'potentialities inherent in the station of man' and reveal 'the full measure of his destiny on earth, the innate excellence of his reality.'"

Equality of men and women

"The emancipation of women, the achievement of full equality between the sexes, is one of the most important, though less acknowledged prerequisites of peace.  The denial of such equality perpetuates an injustice against one-half of the world's population and promotes in men harmful attitudes and habits that are carried from the family to the workplace, to political life, and ultimately to international relations.  There are no grounds, moral, practical or biological, upon which such denial can be justified."

The Equality of men and women.

Copyright © Bahá'í International Community; Source Baha'i Media Bank

Universal education

"The cause of universal education, which has already enlisted in its service an army of dedicated people from every faith and nation, deserves the utmost support that the governments of the world can lend it.  For ignorance is indisputably the principal reason for the decline and fall of peoples and the perpetuation of prejudice.  No nation can achieve success unless education is accorded all its citizens."

Universal Education.

International peace

"Unbridled nationalism, as distinguished from a sane and legitimate patriotism, must give way to a wider loyalty, to the love of humanity as a whole.  Baha'u'llah's statement is:  'The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.'  The concept of world citizenship is a direct result of the contraction of the world into a single neighborhood through scientific advances and the indisputable interdependence of nations."

International Peace.
A group of Baha'is at gathered to study family unity.

Building United Communities

Explore the efforts of friends in communities around the world, some afar others close to home, working to build united communities under the vision brought by Baha'u'llah.

Beautiful peaceful fall afternoon overlooking the lake.

November 22nd, 2021

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We will meet at the UCO Nigh University Center in the third-floor Heritage Room. Join us in examining universal solutions to age-old problems based on the wisdom of 'Abdu'l-Baha and the tenets of the Baha'i Faith.

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