The Canberra Baha’i community’s second Inspiration on “Unity in Diversity” drew people from across the ACT, Queanbeyan and as far away as Goulburn. Members of other faith communities, neighbours and friends mingled in a true spirit of acceptance and amity.
The devotions began with a beautiful guitar solo entitled “Waterfall”, composed and played by Kentyn Obah. The readings that followed were drawn from various faith traditions and showed how every religion speaks of the need for oneness and accord. They obviously struck a chord with those present as a vigorous discussion ensued and participants explored the various aspects of unity and how it can be achieved.
Conversations begun in the hall continued over refreshments, and a couple who have been coming to these meetings expressed the wish to explore the Faith further. They particularly liked some of the quotations from ‘Abdu’l-Baha and were offered materials to read at home.
It was a joyful and uplifting occasion, thanks to all those who came and participated in one way or another. Truly an Inspiration!
God, the Almighty, has created all mankind from the dust of earth. He has fashioned them all from the same elements; they are descended from the same race and live upon the same globe. He has created them to dwell beneath the one heaven. As members of the human family and His children He has endowed them with equal susceptibilities. He maintains, protects and is kind to all. He has made no distinction in mercies and graces among His children. With impartial love and wisdom He has sent forth His Prophets and divine teachings. His teachings are the means of establishing union and fellowship among mankind and awakening love and kindness in human hearts. He proclaims the oneness of the kingdom of humanity. He rebukes those things which create differences and destroy harmony; He commends and praises every means that will conduce to the solidarity of the human race. He encourages man in every step of advancement which leads to ultimate union.
Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i writings