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FACULTY: Barney Leith, Dan Wheatley
In 1985 the Universal House of Justice issued The Promise of World Peace, the first in a series of ground-breaking documents that address humankind's situation and needs. Three decades later the message, known to many as “the peace statement,” is as cogent and urgent as ever with the world increasingly embroiled in conflict, whether “hot” or “cold,” involving disputes over territory, nationalist ambitions, religious inspiration, tribal conflicts and increasingly involving terrorist organizations, fundamentalist religious and ideological groups, nationalist groups, and so on. As the Universal House of Justice wrote in 1985: “Whether peace is to be reached only after unimaginable horrors precipitated by humanity’s stubborn clinging to old patterns of behavior, or is to be embraced now by an act of consultative will, is the choice before all who inhabit the earth. At this critical juncture when the intractable problems confronting nations have been fused into one common concern for the whole world, failure to stem the tide of conflict and disorder would be unconscionably irresponsible.” Much progress has been made, but the governments of the world and the United Nations have failed to stem “the tide of conflict and disorder.” In our study of the statement we will consider what changes have taken place in the world since 1985, for good and for ill, and will familiarize ourselves with the document's themes and arguments so that we can draw on them in our contributions to public discourse and our conversations with those we encounter in our daily lives.
You may join our online learning community either as an individual or as part of a study group (3 to 20 people). In either case, you can do all your work at home at any time of the day or night. We assign mentors to individuals and to groups to advise, encourage, assist, and answer questions. Groups are expected to meet every week or two for group discussions. Web-based forums connect all learners--individuals and members of a group--to the insights and perspectives of fellow students from all over the world.
To form a group, ask some friends whether they'd like to take the course with you. If at least one other agrees, go into the registration system, establish a group, and pay for it. Then email the confirmation number and its web link to the others, so they can click through and add themselves to the group. One person (or a Spiritual Assembly) pays for the group; the group members reimburse the payee based on whatever arrangement the group devises.
Note: All our courses are "asynchronous," which means there is no work that has to be done at a particular time. You can do everything at any time. For more information, go to http://wilmetteinstitute.org/ourcourses/frequently-asked-questions/
Discounts are available for early registration and for senior citizens (age 65+), students, and pioneers. If you need a financial aid discount, write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Plenty are available. Registration is limited to 40 people, so sign up today.
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Wilmette Institute: An Online Learning CenterAdministrative Offices atBaha'i National Center1233 Central StreetEvanston, Illinois 60201-2886
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