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Join a different kind of conversation – one that welcomes every perspective in a search for the deeper spiritual truths that unite us. All are welcome regardless of background or belief. There are no group membership dues or fees and donations will not be accepted.

About us:

Inspired by similar meetup groups across the country, we have started our own group here in Decatur as an act of service to our community with the goal of creating (with your help!) a space for deeper conversation, connection, reflection, and action. Individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs gather together each week to explore uplifting (and sometimes challenging) topics and to engage respectfully and civilly in elevated conversations, inquiry, consultation, and mutual learning. Using short selections from the Bahá'í teachings as a starting point, we hope to grow together and learn from one another as we seek to build bridges of unity and respect for all humanity.

Please note: attendees under the age of 18 must have a guardian with them.

Upcoming events (2)

Free Online Event | Is There a Cure for Racism?

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Is racism actually a moral and even spiritual disease that will require more in addition to just changing laws and reforming institutions? Does the cure to finally eradicate it also demand profound changes in how we think and see each other, ultimately requiring a transformation of hearts?

Almost no aspect of our society is untouched by racism. Laws have been changed and some progress has been made, but how far can those solutions take us on their own? After slavery came Jim Crow. After Jim Crow came mass incarceration and institutional racism. Attempts at remedies through Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Act were not enough – the disease simply found new ways to thrive, mutating its form to infect our education, judicial, health, economic and other institutions and systems in ways – overt & covert – that continue to persist today. So what else is called for? Is a spiritual remedy also needed to help heal what is at its core a moral and spiritual disease? Humanity is not a collection of laws or social regulations. Rather, we are defined by our common nobility as spiritual beings. While finding strength in our “unity in diversity”, might recognition of our essential oneness help bring about the transformation of human hearts that no change in law could ever achieve on its own?

Be part of a different kind of conversation – one that welcomes every perspective in a search for the truths that unite us all – as we discuss the spiritual perspective offered by the Bahá’í Teachings on the elimination racism. Join us for a lively discussion as we continue discussing a series of topics exploring how we can move towards achieving racial unity, focusing this week on how centering our beliefs and actions on the oneness of humanity can lead to a restructuring of society that could finally cure the disease.

Join us as we continue exploring how a spiritual perspective can help us better understand ourselves and find a path forward in bringing together the beautiful diversity of our communities, helping us to eliminate racial prejudices and work together for the betterment of ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world.

“We must lay aside all prejudice—whether it be religious, racial, political or patriotic; we must become the cause of the unification of the human race.” – Bahá’í Teachings

*** This event is free and open to all regardless of background or belief. Donations will not be accepted.

Free Online Event | Healing Racism

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Racism is a disease. Seemingly impossible to uproot, easily spread, and inflicting harm in so many ways including physically, emotionally, psychologically and economically just to name a few. But when looking at all the pernicious effects of racism is it possible we are missing the underlying spiritual dimensions to this disease, and as such overlooking possible solutions to this seemingly intractable problem?

To truly heal from a physical ailment requires addressing underlying factors, to look at what caused the hurt and to fortify ourselves to prevent re-injury. Could we use a similar process to heal from the spiritual disease of racism? And what is required to heal from a disease that affects every corner of our society? What is required for true and lasting transformation? Part of the work of healing calls on us to recognize our inherent nobility as human beings. Yet this disease seeks to remove us from our true station. So how can we help ourselves and our communities to realize our nobility? How might the practice of spiritual qualities such as love, patience, humility, forgiveness, and justice help strengthen ourselves and build a more equitable society free of this disease?

Be part of a different kind of conversation – one that welcomes every perspective in a search for the truths that unite us all – as we discuss the spiritual perspective offered by the Bahá’í Teachings on the role of spirituality in eliminating racism. Join us for a lively discussion as we continue discussing a series of topics exploring how we can move towards achieving racial unity, focusing this week on healing from the spiritual disease of racism, as individuals and as communities.

Join us as we continue exploring how a spiritual perspective can help us better understand ourselves and find a path forward in bringing together the beautiful diversity of our communities, helping us to eliminate racial prejudices and work together for the betterment of ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world.

“However much the need may be for physical healing, the supreme need of the world today is for spiritual healing.” – Bahá’í Teachings

*** This event is free and open to all regardless of background or belief. Donations will not be accepted.

Past events (176)

Free Online Event | What Color Is Your Soul?

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