SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
The Association for Bahá’í Studies is excited to support the development of a growing number of ‘special interest groups’ (SIGs), which seek to correlate the Baháʼí teachings with wider discourses in society across diverse themes or fields of inquiry.
What is an SIG?
A special interest group is typically created by a number of individuals interested in a specific theme or field. Together, they study, consult, share insights and experiences, and engage in discourses in diverse spaces. They may also develop new projects or initiatives as they advance together. Special interest groups allow people to learn together about how to effectively and coherently contribute to discourses in their fields of interest.
How does an SIG work?
It depends! We are learning about this field of service. An SIG may be small or big and the group determines its speed and the specific actions it will undertake as it gains experience. Some groups meet weekly and some less often, some online and some in person, some choose to start with reading key texts together while others start with sharing insights gained in practice. Outputs can vary from informal discussions to publications and seminars. The ABS is keen to support any format and is learning alongside you.
What are some existing SIGs?
At present, the ABS is supporting a number of special interest groups in areas such as mental health, the environment, technology, economics, religion, the arts, education, law, and philosophy, among others. New groups can be formed on these or any other theme or field of inquiry, including a sub-theme within existing SIGs.
How can I start a new SIG or join an existing one?
Identify one or more topic(s) or theme(s) you are interested in and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the 'contact us' form on this website and we can put you in touch with others who share similar interests. You can come from any background and all levels of experience are welcomed.
How does the ABS support SIGs?
The ABS helps with connecting and accompanying individuals and groups as they try to learn in action. The ABS can offer guidance and consult with you as you engage in this dynamic field of service. The ABS also accompanies SIGs in their path of development and shares the learning with other individuals and groups.
Examples of Current SIGs
If you see a topic that interests you, then contact us so we can put you in touch with them. If you don't see a topic that you like, why don't you start your own SIG?
ROLE OF RELIGION IN SOCIETY
“...every believer has the opportunity to examine the forces operating in society and introduce relevant aspects of the teachings within the discourses prevalent in whatever social space he or she is present...”