To build a better world requires an ever-growing pool of people capable of contributing to the accomplishment of the myriad tasks at hand. Study assists individuals to deepen their understanding of the Bahá’í teachings, and to gain the spiritual insights and practical skills they need to carry out the work of the community. This largely takes the form of ongoing conversations taking place among friends in a myriad social spaces—neighbourhoods, villages, schools, universities, and workplaces—concerned with contributing to the advancement of civilization through the application of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings. As the number of participants in the conversation grows, processes to achieve collective spiritual and material goals in each space are set in motion.
In response to the materials they study and the insights gained, the participants arise to carry out specific acts of service. Men and women, young and old alike, come to recognize that they have the power in their hands to re-create the world around them. As more and more people become committed to the vision of individual and collective transformation fostered by the institute courses, capacity is gradually built in the community to reflect a pattern of life that places at its heart service and worship.
“They that are endued with sincerity and faithfulness should associate with all the peoples and kindreds of the earth with joy and radiance.”
Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Programme
Regardless of their social situations, young people aspire for spiritual and intellectual growth and “to make a contribution to the fortunes of humanity”. They have many wonderful powers, and channelling them properly is an important concern. The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Programme is a global movement inspiring young people, parents, and community members to work together toward a better world. Over the past 10 years, the programme has grown all over British Columbia and is being supported by youth and adults in the respective communities.