Community the most important thing

Currently employed with the Hebridean Mink Project, Erfan Fadaei will present a talk on 'Unity in the Community' this weekend.
Currently employed with the Hebridean Mink Project, Erfan Fadaei will present a talk on 'Unity in the Community' this weekend.

CELEBRATING the Centenary of Abdu’l-Baha’s visit to Scotland, the Lewis Baha’i community’s monthly talk series continues in 2013 with a discussion on the subject of ‘Unity in the Community’ by Erfan Fadaei.

A Zoology undergraduate student at the University of Manchester, Erfan is currently on a placement year and arrived in the Western Isles in October 2012 to work for Scottish Natural Heritage with the Hebridean Mink Project.

As the purpose of the Baha’i faith is to unite all the peoples and races of the world, Erfan believes therefore that the theme of unity in the community is an ‘imperative one’.

Expanding, he said: “I will be giving a short presentation on the concepts of unity, and the community, and we will explore how they relate to each other, using the activities which Baha’is and their friends are running all over the world as a focus.

“These efforts are essentially focused on building strong communities, with spiritual principles and the concept of being of service at the centre of it all.”

Erfan explained that the talk provides the wonderful opportunity to share some of his own experiences pertaining to the idea of building unity – one being a Children’s Class based on acquiring spiritual values and qualities which he runs in Stornoway with Mina Sheppard.

“In addition to this one, we will look at three more activities that are being used to empower individuals and communities to contribute to the betterment of their neighbourhoods and to build unity,” he continued.

“Finally, we will take some time to think about he we can each be a part of this organic and grass-roots approach to building unity where we live.”

Erfan will deliver his talk ‘Unity in the Community’ at An Lanntair arts centre on Saturday, January 19th, 7pm to 9pm, and all are invited to join.