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S1: “The Promise of World Peace” through the Bahá’í Faith with Dr. David Oughton
July 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
DRBI is proud to host Dr. David Oughton for a series of 90-minute discussions on an Interfaith approach to The Promise of World Peace. Participants will learn what the religions of the world teach about how to achieve lasting peace and the necessary conditions for a new system of world law and order. Session 1 (July 28) discusses the Baha’i principles in “The Promise of World Peace”. Session 2 (Aug 4) looks at world peace through an Interfaith lens and Session 3 (Aug 11) concludes with the religious support for the World Democratic Federation. Although participants are encouraged to take all three sessions, you can still benefit from attending one or two.
Session 1: The Promise of World Peace through the Bahá’í Faith
In 1985, the Universal House of Justice addressed a message to the peoples of the world inviting them to consider that a new social order can be fostered by all peoples’ seeing themselves as members of one universal family. This message was presented to world leaders and countless others during the United Nations International Year of Peace.
The Promise of World Peace can be read in full at the Bahá’í Reference Library.
To the Peoples of the World:
The Great Peace towards which people of good will throughout the centuries have inclined their hearts, of which seers and poets for countless generations have expressed their vision, and for which from age to age the sacred scriptures of mankind have constantly held the promise, is now at long last within the reach of the nations. For the first time in history it is possible for everyone to view the entire planet, with all its myriad diversified peoples, in one perspective. World peace is not only possible but inevitable. It is the next stage in the evolution of this planet—in the words of one great thinker, “the planetization of mankind”.
Dr. David Oughton’s interdisciplinary doctorate is in “Philosophies and Theologies of Peace and Justice.” He has taught hundreds of courses on the world’s religions at Saint Louis University and at other schools. David has been involved in interreligious dialogue for many years and has been the President of Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis. He also serves on the national and local boards of Citizens for Global Solutions.