On 14 September 2016, a group of Bahá’ís from all over London gathered to welcome a visit from the Lord Nick Bourne of Aberystwyth, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to the National Bahá’í Centre in London.
As part of the visit, Lord Bourne enjoyed a brief tour of the National Bahá’í Centre and was given an introduction to the work of the Office of Public Affairs and the social discourses with which they are involved. Lord Bourne also attended a devotional gathering where prayers and music were shared.
In addressing those present, Lord Bourne commended the Bahá’í Community of the UK for its contributions to interfaith activities and dialogue within the country.
He then had the opportunity to meet with a diverse representation of the Bahá’í community, and in particular youth, and discuss with them their efforts to build ties of friendship and community in their neighbourhoods.