A Moment of Historic Portent

In a message to the Bahá’ís in the United States, the Universal House of Justice wrote: “A moment of historic portent has arrived for your nation as the conscience of its citizenry has stirred, creating possibilities for marked social change . . . We ardently pray that the American people will grasp the possibilities of this moment to create a consequential reform of the social order that will free it from the pernicious effects of racial prejudice and will hasten the attainment of a just, diverse, and united society that can increasingly manifest the oneness of the human family” (22 July 2020). What might be the appropriate responses to this vision of what the United States can become at this moment? This panel shares examples of experience being gained since 2020 in the Southeast region, as intense effort is made to learn to engage large numbers of African American youth and families in community-building processes with a vision of spiritual and material advancement achieved through access to educational endeavors and the training institute, developing social action skills, and contributing to discourses that emerge from the aspirations of a population.

  • Tim Conley

    Timothy Conley serves as the Department Chair of Cinema and Interim Chair of General Education at the California College of Arizona State University. He also holds appointments as a lecturer in film, media, culture, and ethnic studies at California State University, Northridge and Santa Monica College. A retired professional athlete, Timothy has a passion for filmmaking, his company 67 Entertainment is a television, film, and new media company. He serves his local community as Vice Chair of the Inglewood Urban Scholars Academy, Board Member of the Santa Monica Bay Area Human Relations Council, and as the Chair of the Los Angeles Spiritual Assembly.

  • Diane George

    No biography available.

  • Paula Richards Bell

    No biography available.

  • Maekaylia Jackson

    No biography available.

  • Natalie Colbert

    No biography available.


47th Annual Conference


The views expressed in this recording are those of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the views of the Association for Bahá’í Studies, nor the authoritative explications of Bahá’í writings.