Involvement in the Life of Society
The Bahá’í Teachings make clear that the process of establishing universal peace and prosperity will require the participation of the whole of humanity. Baha'is, therefore, do not consider themselves to possess the answers to every challenge facing society. Rather, Bahá’ís seek to work with likeminded individuals and organisations to explore how we can work together and identify the needs of our society as it continues to evolve.
At the local level, Bahá’ís across the UK are involved in a range of social action initiatives which are often informal. These can range from initiatives preserving the natural environment, promoting interfaith relations or supporting refugees. Wherever they reside Bahá’í communities are concerned with the wellbeing and unity of their neighbourhoods and villages. Bahá’ís seek to foster an environment of inclusivity by promoting a culture of visiting one another's homes and of inclusive reflection on the needs of their communities.
Bahá’í volunteer planting a new tree.
Group of friends coming together to explore the nature of conversations with members of the community in the neighbourhood.
The UK Bahá’í community also contributes to the evolution of thought by freely and humbly offering insights gained from the Bahá’í Teachings and the experience of the community as a contribution to prevalent social issues.
At the national level, the UK Bahá’í Office of Public Affairs represents the UK Bahá’í community with its relations with government, the media, and civil society. One of the main focus areas which the office is engaged in is the national conversation around social cohesion. The Office of Public Affairs (OPA) participates in government policy consultations, prepares statements and reflections, and organises events on this focus area, as well as other areas.
To read more about the Office of Public Affairs, click here.