What is TRUTH, Part One: Universal Education

September 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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This talk by Dr. June Thomas offers examples of how depriving any group of people of education serves as a tool of oppression and hampers society, citing in particular the experiences of blacks in the Jim Crow South and Bahá’ís in present-day Iran, but noting problems that exist today in U. S. metropolitan areas. Key principles from the Bahá’í Writings are reviewed, especially from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s book The Secret of Divine Civilization, on the importance of education for progress in the world today.

“Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.”

“Among the greatest of all services that can possibly be rendered by man to Almighty God is the education and training of children…, so that these children, fostered by grace in the way of salvation, growing like pearls of divine bounty in the shell of education, will one day bejewel the crown of abiding glory.”

~ Quotes from the Bahá’í Writings ~

About Dr. June Thomas:

June Manning Thomas, Professor Emerita, Urban and Regional Planning, at the University of Michigan, specializes in issues related to social equity and racial justice, with a focus on the planning and development of U. S. cities. She is the author of several books and articles, and she has received numerous awards for these publications. She has served in various volunteer capacities as a member of the Baha’i Faith, and is presently a member of the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Ann Arbor.
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About the series “What is TRUTH?”

This three-part series of online discussions will delve into the challenge of approaching the conflicting perceptions of reality that plague humankind and how deprivation of education, reliance on ancestral knowledge, and the clashes between ‘rational’ and ‘spiritual’ entities erode the fabric of peaceful coexistence. We will examine how basic teachings of the Baha’i Faith address these problems and provide remedies toward realizing the essential oneness of humankind. Featuring:

Universal Education– Friday, September 4th, 2020 at 7pm
Independent Investigation of the Truth– Friday, October 2nd, 2020 at 7pm
Harmony of Science and Religion– Friday, November 6th, 2020 at 7pm

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