Not many people know about the Baha’i religion. Some don’t know that it’s an Abrahamic religion — some don’t even know it exists — but Albert Lincoln thinks the religion’s hometown of Haifa, Israel, could serve as a model for peace and coexistence in the Middle East.
Brian Lepard, professor of law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law, will speak on “Radicalism to Radical Reform: Bahá’i Teachings on Human Progress for the 21st Century” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Smith Wilkes Hall. The presentation is part of the Martha Root Memorial Lecture Series, sponsored by the Bahá’is and co-sponsored by the Department of Religion.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Lepard serves as co-director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the Bahá’i faith, world religions, human rights, ethics, and international law, including Hope for a Global Ethic: Shared Principles in Religious
Chautauquans who love to sing are inviated to participate in a Gospel Music Workshop Concert with tenor Van Gilmer, music director at the Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette, Ill., at 3 p.m. Sunday in Smith Wilkes Hall.
Participants need no previous experience singing gospel music, nor the ability to read music. Rehearsals will be held 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday in Smith Wilkes Hall. Pre-registration is not necessary.
The Golden Rule — to treat others as you would be treated — threads its way through most faiths, but the Bahá’í faith takes the maxim one step further.
“Bahá’u’lláh says prefer your neighbor to yourself,” Linda Gillette said.
There are times when we are asked to sacrifice our personal desires for the common good, Gillette said.
“We don’t really think of it as a religion — it’s a way of life,” she said.
Gillette will facilitate the Mystic Heart Program during Week Five with a spiritual focus on the Bahá’í faith. Mystic Heart teaches meditation techniques from different world religions and wisdoms. The season’s traditions include various religions, Buddha Dharma, Sikh Dharma and Yoga.