Festival of Ideas: The Gathering Sound

The gathering sound: Weaving a tapestry of sacred text, invocations, and poetry from the world’s spiritual traditions, this musical odyssey celebrates humanity’s inter-connectedness.

A concert with Richard Leigh and friends.

3pm  – 4pm, Saturday 25 October
Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1SU

Organised by the Cambridge University Bahá’í Society as part of the Multifaith Series.  Free and open to all. Tickets can be booked here.

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“Excluded but not Defeated” talk on 7th May

Excluded but not Defeated: The Constructive Resilience of Bahá’ís in Iran in Light of Education Denial

Wednesday, 7th May, from 7:30-9:30pm, in the Latimer Room (Old Court) of Clare College on Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TL

In this presentation, Dr. Ghanea will explore the themes of exclusion, constructive resilience, and education access as they apply to the current political situation in Iran, where Bahá’ís and other minority groups are systemically denied human rights. She will discuss these issues in light of both historical and legal aspects, applying Bahá’í principles derived from the Faith’s scriptural texts. Her talk will be accompanied by portions of the 30-minute documentary Education Under Fire. This film addresses the denial of higher education to Bahá’ís in Iran and the need for schools to consider offering academic credit to Iranian students through distance learning programmes.
Biography
Nazila Ghanea, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford and a member of the OSCE Advisory Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief.  She serves on the board of governors of the United Rights Group and was part of a research team investigating Religion and Belief, Discrimination and Equality in England and Wales until early 2013.  Nazila has acted as a human rights consultant for a number of governments, the United Nations, UNESCO, OSCE, the Council of Europe, and the EU.  Her publications include 9 books, a number of UN publications, and numerous journal articles and reports, including Are religious minorities really minorities?; Does God Believe in Human Rights?; and Human Rights, the UN, and Bahá’ís in Iran.  Additionally, she has published an analysis of Iran’s proposed human rights charter in EJIL Talk, the blog of the European Journal of International Law, on December 10, 2013.

 

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Belief in Science & Belief in God

Belief in Science & Belief in God: A Scientist’s Perspective on “New Atheism”

Talk and Q&A Session with Canadian physicist Dr. Dinesh Singh

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014, 7.30 pm – 9:30 pm
Friends Meeting House (Aldren Wright Room)
12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA

The modern-day proponents of atheism, such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and Lawrence Krauss have gained the public’s imagination regarding their claims that God does not exist and that organized religion is harmful to the human race.  They also claim that “no evidence” exists whatsoever to support the presence of God in human experience, suggesting on scientific grounds that the need for a Divine Creator is a “failed hypothesis.”  Furthermore, they contend that holding a belief in God is a “delusional” act with disastrous consequences for global society on multiple fronts.

According to the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, science and religion are both complementary and necessary for the progress of humanity into the future.

In this presentation, Dr. Dinesh Singh offers interested people the opportunity to thoughtfully consider his professional and personal response to the “new atheism” of Dawkins and others with examples from theoretical physics to suggest that “belief” within science is not fundamentally different from “belief” within religion, and that the main conclusions drawn by these atheists about the science and religion debate need to be thoroughly re-examined.

Dinesh Singh, Ph.D. is a Canadian research scientist in theoretical physics at the University of Regina, Adjunct Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, and a member of the Bahá’í Faith.

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Soul Food February 2014 “A Sense of Time”

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You are warmly invited to attend the next Soul Food event on Saturday, 8 February 2014, on the theme “A Sense of Time.”

Venue
Latimer Room, Old Court
Clare College
Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TL

Time
4-5pm

Description
Soul Food is a community devotional event held monthly in Cambridge and open to all. It provides an occasion to be inspired and reflect on uplifting themes. Our programs feature live music, audio-visual pieces, and readings from various authors, sources and Faiths—indigenous, ancient and modern—from all over the world.

Soul Food’s purpose is to inspire us to transform our lives, our neighbourhoods and communities, with actions that promote the unity and betterment of society.

You can download the flyer, join the Facebook event, and like our Facebook page.

Islam in Modernity: Overcoming Barriers Between Faiths

Abstract
Dr. Khazeh Fananapazir has been engaged in interfaith dialogue since the 1970s, an interest that increased commensurately with the rise of various fundamentalist groups in the ‘70s and ‘80s, especially after 9/11. His research focuses on two pivotal questions:

(1) Is there any way out of the impasses and misunderstandings between faiths and communities?
(2) How can various faith groups work together to achieve unity?

Khazeh believes that there is a way out, and a hundred years ago that way was delineated by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

When
Friday, 7th February, 7:30-9pm
Harrods Room, Emmanuel College

Biography
Dr. Khazeh Fananapazir graduated in Medicine from Oxford University and is now a cardio-thoracic surgeon in Leicester, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. Teaching is one of his passions, and he is much admired and loved by his students. Khazeh has a keen interest in study of the Sacred Books. Fluent in Arabic and Farsi, he has published extensively. He is a lifelong student of the Bahá’í Faith, and in particular its relationship with Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

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Soul Food January 2014: “The Sacred Balance”

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Dear all,

The next Soul Food event will be Saturday, 18 January 2014, on the theme “The Sacred Balance.” We will be joined by guest musician Peter Maguire.

Venue
Latimer Room, Old Court
Clare College
Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TL

Time
4-5pm

Description
Soul Food is a community devotional event held monthly in Cambridge and open to all. It provides an occasion to be inspired and reflect on uplifting themes. Our programs feature live music, audio-visual pieces, and readings from various authors, sources and Faiths—indigenous, ancient and modern—from all over the world.

Soul Food’s purpose is to inspire us to transform our lives, our neighbourhoods and communities, with actions that promote the unity and betterment of society.

You can download the flyer, join the Facebook event, and like our Facebook page.

Soul Food December 2013: “Footprints in the Sand”

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Dear all,

The next Soul Food event will be Saturday, 14 December 2013, on the theme “Footprints in the Sand.”

Venue
Latimer Room, Old Court
Clare College
Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TL

Time
4-5pm

Description
Soul Food is a community devotional event held monthly in Cambridge and open to all. It provides an occasion to be inspired and reflect on uplifting themes. Our programs feature live music, audio-visual pieces, and readings from various authors, sources and Faiths—indigenous, ancient and modern—from all over the world.

Soul Food’s purpose is to inspire us to transform our lives, our neighbourhoods and communities, with actions that promote the unity and betterment of society.

You can download the flyer, join the Facebook event, and like our Facebook page.

Birth of Bahá’u’lláh community celebration

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Dear friends,

You are warmly invited to a community celebration of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, who is the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith. This event is one of the most important Holy Days in the Bahá’í calendar, to which everyone is warmly invited to attend.

The event will take place in the Upper Hall at St. Paul’s Centre, Hills Road, on the 16th of November at 5:30 pm (immediately following Soul Food).  The program will include prayers, readings, and musical performances, and will be followed by refreshments, finger food, and celebration!

Soul Food November 2013: “The Light Within”

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Dear all,

The next Soul Food event will be Saturday, 16 November 2013, on the theme “The Light Within.”  Immediately following the program will be a celebration for the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, one of the most important Holy Days in the Bahá’í calendar, to which everyone is warmly invited.

Venue
Latimer Room, Old Court
Clare College
Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TL

Time
4-5pm

Description
Soul Food is a community devotional event held monthly in Cambridge and open to all. It provides an occasion to be inspired and reflect on uplifting themes. Our programs feature live music, audio-visual pieces, and readings from various authors, sources and Faiths—indigenous, ancient and modern—from all over the world.

Soul Food’s purpose is to inspire us to transform our lives, our neighbourhoods and communities, with actions that promote the unity and betterment of society.

You can download the flyer, join the Facebook event, and like our Facebook page.

Talk on 21 Nov “Man’s Station in the Universe”

Man’s Station in the Universe: A Scientist’s Spiritual Journey

A talk by Dr. Mehrdad Ehsani

Abstract
The Universe is very simple: it is mostly made of hydrogen, helium and energy.  However, the earth contains amazing complexity that is nearly unique in the universe.  Exceptional circumstances have made possible organic chemistry and life on earth, leading to the most complex structure in the universe: the human brain.  The energy consumption of the human brain per kilogram is 100,000 times the energy per kilogram that our sun can produce.  The purpose of this miraculous combination of events is human consciousness and spiritual awareness.  We will explore this physical-spiritual phenomenon in this talk.

When
Thursday, 21st November, 7-8:30pm
Latimer Room, Old Court, Clare College

The Speaker
Dr. Mehrdad Ehsani is a professor of sustainable energy engineering at Texas A&M University.  He has won numerous U.S. and international honors and awards, and he is the Distinguished Lecturer of several professional societies.  He is the co-author of 17 books, over 350 publications, over 20 patents, and has given numerous invited talks around the world on energy systems, spiritual aspects of technology, and the convergence of scientific and spiritual search over the past three decades.

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