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A religion for positive change

Today a team of fourteen young Bermudians will travel to Columbia to take part in one of 114 youth conferences being hosted by the Baha’i Community.

Young Observer got up close and personal with the group last Sunday at one of their preparation meetings for the conference. The facilitators for the gathering were Julia Frith and Husayn Symonds, while the 14 youngsters who are travelling to Columbia are: Julia Frith, Gabriel Frith, Kayla Williams, Kalin Williams, Husayn Symonds, Tonya Symonds, Jeron Gunness, Gordon Emmerson, Rajah Steede, Jasmin Simons, Prince Roberts, Zack Kawaley Lathan, Mikaela Kawaley Lathan, and Damani Edwards.

Young Observer asked one of the facilitators at the gathering to briefly describe the Bahai Faith for us.

Husayn Symonds said: “The Baha’i Faith is simply the most recent of the world’s religions. The Baha’s celebrate the beauty of all the religions of the world. The idea is that each religion is born at a certain time in history, and delivers the message that speaks to the issues of the day in which it is born.

“The Baha’is believes that all of the religions are one in essence, and are delivering progressive parts of one ever-unfolding message.

“So, each religion builds on the one that came before. Each one is an invitation to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason. The Baha’i vision is to realise the oneness of humanity, and to strive towards the betterment of the world.”

He went on to say: “These Youth Conferences are designed to foster a nourishing and inspiring atmosphere for the youth to be together, consult on meaningful topics, and galvanise themselves to return to their communities with a renewed inspiration to effect positive change.

“Our youth have so much to offer if they are given the support, the respect, and the encouragement they need, and deserve. This is one of the aims of the Baha’i Community; to nurture the youth in a way that acknowledges their inherent nobility, their qualities of depth, and upright character.”

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Published July 18, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated July 17, 2013 at 4:09 pm)

A religion for positive change

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