Conferences for youth striving to serve their communities begin

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Baha’i World News Service — Youth striving to contribute to the well-being of their communities have begun gathering in a series of conferences called for by the Universal House of Justice, the international governing body of the Baha’i Faith. The first of the 114 youth conferences, scheduled between now and October of this year, were held this past weekend in Papua New Guinea, Canada, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Indonesia.

Among the themes to be discussed at each conference are the unique characteristics that distinguish the period of youth, the great responsibility facing young people to contribute to the betterment of society, and the importance of fostering an environment of encouragement. Many expected to attend are already engaged in offering acts of service in their own neighborhoods and villages, including efforts to help those younger than themselves to channel their energies for the progress of their communities.

At each of the conferences, participants planned how best to serve their communities upon their return home.
In a letter addressed to all participants dated 1 July 2013, the Universal House of Justice observed that “although your realities are shaped by a broad diversity of circumstances, yet a desire to bring about constructive change and a capacity for meaningful service, both characteristic of your stage of life, are neither limited to any race or nationality, nor dependent upon material means.”

The same letter encouraged the participants to see the gatherings as part of an ever-expanding conversation about the well-being of their communities. Study sessions, group consultations, and artistic presentations will be common to the program of each conference. More information, including individual conference reports, can be found on the official website.

Article originally published on the Baha’i World News Service.

For information about the 14 youth conferences being held in the United States, please go to youthconf.bahai.us.

2 Responses

  1. Aaron Fowlkes

    It is with excitement and hope as I read about the youth conferences already begun, and scheduled to start. While there is great dismay as I read the comments of my fellow adult citizens made in respect to major news events, my thoughts turn to what the youth and us older Baha’is must inject into the world activities and socialconversations via the core activities. Have a great conference wherever you are, and infuse your dynamic energy into the social fabric in ever greater quantities. I pledge to do my part as an adult Baha’i.—-Aaron Fowlkes in Portsmouth, New Hampshire/USA

  2. Zach Lightcap

    Although I am not officially a member anymore – still “all creation is infused with His Grace!!” – and seem to be hovering around like a ghost!! A witty remark from the security officer at a Synagogue “Nah, Millenium, Messiah – we don’t believe in the stuff…. Everything will go back to normal after the “sun sets”…” Had to laugh!! I was sent to park next door at the Christian Center in my RV!! The sermon was probably the “Most Baha’i” I had ever heard from a Christian pulpit… Service!!! Sir, Sir! My friend, my friend!! Surely, you must know about…Baha’u'llah???