"Is not the object of every Revelation to effect a transformation in the whole character of mankind, a transformation that shall manifest itself, both outwardly and inwardly, that shall affect both its inner life and external conditions?"
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OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY OF THE BAHÁ’ÍS OF INDIA
18 July 2013
Youth striving to contribute to the well-being of their communities have begun gathering in a series of conferences called for by the Universal House of Justice, the international governing body of the Bahá’í Faith. Eight of these 114 youth conferences, scheduled between July and October of 2013, have been held in Papua New Guinea, Canada, Costa Rica, Colombia, Indonesia, Barbados, Chile and the United States of America. India is hosting ten youth conferences in the cities of Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Guwahati, Kolkata, Lucknow, New Delhi, Panchgani, and Patna in the forthcoming months of September and October.
Among the themes to be discussed at each conference are the unique characteristics that distinguish the period of youth, the great responsibility facing young people to contribute to the betterment of society, and the importance of fostering an environment of encouragement. Many expected to attend are already engaged in offering acts of service in their own neighbourhoods and villages, including efforts to help those younger than themselves to channel their energies for the progress of their communities.
In a letter addressed to all participants of the 114 conferences dated 1 July 2013, the Universal House of Justice observes that "although your realities are shaped by a broad diversity of circumstances, yet a desire to bring about constructive change and a capacity for meaningful service, both characteristic of your stage of life, are neither limited to any race or nationality, nor dependent upon material means."
The same letter encourages the participants to see the gatherings as part of an ever-expanding conversation about the well-being of their communities. Study sessions, group consultations, and artistic presentations will be common to the programme of each conference.