Talks

Upcoming talks hosted by the Bahá’í Society

To be announced.

 

Previous talks hosted by the Bahá’í Society

Links to recordings of the talks are included, where available.

7 May 2014 – “Excluded but not Defeated: The Constructive Resilience of Bahá’ís in Iran in Light of Education Denial” by Nazila Ghanea. 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.

26 Feb 2014 – Belief in Science and Belief in God: A Scientist’s Perspective on “New Atheism” by Dr. Dinesh Singh. 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.

21 Nov 2013Man’s Station in the Universe: A Scientist’s Spiritual Journey” by Mehrdad Ehsani. 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.

3 Nov 2013The Final Frontier – Reflections on the Life of the Spirit” by May Hoffman. Death is the most elusive frontier, yet conceptions of what lies beyond shape our intentions and day to day actions. This talk explores insights from the Baha’i Writings on the nature of human reality.

2 Nov 2013Frontiers in a changing world: Global challenges, inner transformations” by Ismael Velasco.  Frontiers are what divide us, but also what connect us. They are the meeting point of self and other, of experience and imagination, actuality and potential. Frontiers can fence off life from its becoming, hearts from encounter, prejudices from insight, minds from curiosity.  But they can also mark the junctures at which progress is possible. They are the starting points of exploration, gateways to discovery, signals to reconciliation, beginnings of transcendence, the exact places where ignorance and isolation end and contact begins. What are the planet’s most critical frontiers today? How are they shifting? What frontiers will each of us choose to establish or break as we face the meeting and the clash, the birth and death of frontiers across the world?

4 July 2013 – Belief in Science and Belief in God: A Scientist’s Perspective on “New Atheism” by Dr. Dinesh Singh.  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. Please contact us at bahai[at]cusu.cam.ac.uk if you would like a copy of the slides and a recording of the talk.

3 Nov 2012Visionary dreams and dreams of visionaries: when dreaming breaks through time and set in motion an unfolding future.” Whether it be symbolic dreams, prophetic dreams, or waking dreams pursued by individuals and multitudes, dreaming has shaped civilisations. In a disenchanted world, can we still believe that dreams really do come true?

26 Oct 2012The power of prayer and meditation – perspectives from Buddhism, Christianity and the Bahá’í Faith.”  An evening of short talks, discussion and some prayer and meditation to present perspectives from Buddhism, Christianity and the Bahá’í Faith. 

12 Oct 2011“Introductory Talk on the Bahá’í Faith” by Meera Arumugam. An introductory talk on the Teachings of the Bahá’í Faith, followed by reflections of a selection of the Bahá’í Writings.

12 Nov 2009 – The Mystery of the Afterlife by Mr. Ismael Velasco. Mr. Velasco discusses the age-old question of where do we go when die. He explains that the afterlife is not a physical existence but a spiritual state of nearness unto God. The more we strive to develop ourselves spiritually in this world, the more we draw nearer unto God.

10 Nov 2009 – A New Civilisation: The Bahá’í Model by Dr. Moojan Momen. Dr. Momem discusses how religion is a positive force in the development of human civilisation. The most recent revelation of Bahá’u’lláh has brought a new pattern for the development of a new world civilisation.

9 Nov 2009 An introduction to the Bahá’í Faith. Follow this presentation to understand the basic principles and history of the Bahá’í Faith.

10 March 2009 Religion, a cause of unity or disunity by Mr. Ismael Velasco

10 Feb 2009 Is the question of God matter of Truth? by Mr. Ismael Velasco

14 Nov 2008“Building a Global Civilisation” by Arjun Kingdon & Meera Arumugam. This talk explores what being a Bahá’í really involves and how people of all Faiths and backgrounds can work together towards advancing civilisation.

13 Nov 2008 “Can science and religion be reconciled?” by Dr. Roger Kingdon.  Looks at the age-old question of the apparent contradiction between science and religion from a Bahá’í viewpoint.

12 Nov 2008“Ethical dimensions of climate change: A Bahá’í Perspective” by Dr. Sylvia Karlsson. Explores how a spiritual approach can help us find both individual and collective strategies to address the global challenge of climate change.

11 Nov 2008“The Lives of the Messengers” by Nabil Wilf.  Exploring the history of the Bahá’í Faith through the lives of Báb, Bahá’u’lláh, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

10 Nov 2008“What is the Bahá’í Faith?” by Saba Hinrichs. The basic principles and teachings of the Bahá’í Faith.

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