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Religion Library: Baha'i

Vision of Society

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The social processes that the Baha'i community is putting into effect involve the Baha'is in any area coming together and instituting cycles of community work. These cycles begun with consultation about a project, move to planning the project and carrying out the plans, and conclude with another meeting to reflect on the successes and failures of the plan and to consult about creating a new plan that will be more effective. The hope is that each time the cycle turns over, the plans get better because of the learning that is occurring in each cycle. Also fed into the reflection and consultation exercise is guidance from the central authorities of the Baha'i Faith, which is usually based on what has worked in other communities. Individuals empowered by the social service programs take part in these cycles and, because of their experiences in the service part of the program, have ideas about how to improve their society; their participation in the study circles help them to develop the ability and confidence to express their ideas.

Study Questions:
     1.    What does Baha’u’llah say is the stage that humanity has reached in its social evolution?
     2.    What are some of the social teachings of Baha'i Faith?
     3.    What are the features of the new social order that Baha'is are working toward?
     4.    What social processes are now being developed in the Baha'i community?
     5.    How, according to the Baha'i teachings, can global problems be tackled?


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