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“The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens” Baha'u'llah

Discourse on the Equality of Men and Women

“He Who is your Lord, the All-Merciful, cherisheth in His heart the desire of beholding the entire human race as one soul and one body.”— Bahá’u’lláh

We believe that the equality of women and men is a facet of human reality and not just a condition to be achieved for the common good. That which makes human beings human—their inherent dignity and nobility—is neither male nor female. The search for meaning, for purpose, for community; the capacity to love, to create, to persevere, has no gender. This has profound implications for the organization of every aspect of human society. One of the fundamental teachings of the Baha'i Faith is that men and women are equal and that the equality of the sexes is a spiritual and moral standard that is essential for the unification of the planet and the unfoldment of peace. The Bahá'í teachings note the importance of implementing the principle in individual, family, and community life. While the Bahá'í teachings assert the full spiritual and social equality of women to men, the notion of equality does not imply sameness and there are some aspects of gender distinctiveness or gender differentiation in certain areas of life. In localities across Uganda, Baha’is are endeavoring to establish patterns of community life and put in place institutional structures that reflect the belief in the fundamental equality of women and men.

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Discourses on Social Action

“The cup of knowledge is overflowing; blessed are they who partake in draughts! The fountain of life is issuing forth; blessed are they who drink!”— ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

In our efforts to build capacity in undergraduate students, spaces have been created for not only learning about the betterment of society but also how to become protagonist to it construction. In this connection, the Baha'i community of Uganda has enabled youth to participate in a sequence of annual seminars offered by Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity (ISGP) and designed to accompany undergraduate students through four years of university studies. Each seminar is approximately ten days long. The purpose of these intensive seminars is to raise the consciousness of youth about the importance of participating in prevalent action oriented discourses directed towards social change; to develop their capacity to read their reality, to analyze, and to learn through study, action and reflection; to explore elements of a conceptual framework for contributing to the advancement of civilization; the seminars equip them with mental tools to understand and analyze the worldviews in which they are immersed as well as the content of the university courses they are studying; to help them assume ownership of their education; and to assist them in their efforts to acquire the kind of knowledge that will enable them to live fruitful, productive and meaningful lives.

Discourse on Science and Religion

If the capacities of the world’s peoples are to reach the levels needed to address the complex requirements of the present hour, the resources of both reason and faith will have to be tapped. Development initiatives will not lead to tangible and lasting improvements in physical well-being without drawing on those universal spiritual attributes that give direction and meaning to life. While science can offer the methods and tools for promoting social and economic advancement, it alone cannot set direction; the goal of development cannot come from within the process itself. A vision is needed, and the proper vision will never take shape if the spiritual heritage of the human race continues to be regarded as tangential to development policy and programs. A fundamental principle of the Bahá'í Faith is the harmony of religion and science. Science and true religion can never be in conflict. Religion without science leads to superstition and that science without religion leads to materialism. True religion must conform to the conclusions of science.

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