The UK Bahá’í community hosted an evening of interfaith storytelling at the National Bahá’í Centre in London on 20th November.
This was one amongst a variety of contributions offered by the many faith groups who supported Interfaith Week this year. The event was supported and attended by representatives from the Department of Communities and Local Government alongside a colourful array of individual guests from the UK’s diverse religious communities.
The programme included stories shared by members of the Bahá’í, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Jewish communities, alongside inspirational prayers and songs. All of the stories focussed on the theme of ‘Service to Humanity’, a desire that resonated with everyone present and was reflected with increasing unity of thought and expression as the evening progressed.
The stories conveyed a consciousness of the principle of the oneness of humanity as the core belief that most inspires acts of service – both in our individual lives through acts of love and kindness, as well as through the numerous opportunities for faith-based social action that can be found in Britain today.
In her opening remarks Ms Rosanna Smith, a member of the Bahá’í community, expressed the view that the richness of our religious unity presented through the different stories, could be considered as different chapters of one book, or perhaps as God’s eternal story.
Among those who shared stories from their traditions was Rabbi Dr Thomas Salamon of Westminster Synagogue, who said: “”I was uplifted by the evening, which gave me an opportunity to learn from others and at the same time note, that we all are taking a similar path, even if from a different direction. If all of mankind realised this then we could live in a better and more peaceful world.”
The evening came to a close with all those gathered singing together a song about service and love for humanity, with lyrics taken from the Bahá’í writings: “When there is love, nothing is too much trouble and there is always time”.