We at the Baha’i Chair for World Peace are deeply concerned about the evolving global health crisis and its impact on people everywhere. We mourn the loss of so many lives and our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones.
This crisis is a reminder that our compassion, good will, and endurance are the characteristics that help us to pull through the most difficult of circumstances. It is also a reminder of how we as a people are closely interconnected with others in every corner of the world.
There are so many acts of care and kindness – both large and small – that we can demonstrate to others. During this time, we must think of ways to bring support and hope to others—even virtually.
As of March 19, 2020 The University of Maryland has transitioned to an online environment. This is a new and challenging time for all students, faculty, staff, and administrators – our thoughts go out to them and their families.
Although we are required to physically distance ourselves, this does not mean that we should distance ourselves emotionally. Instead, we should be even more active in reaching out, supporting our families, and stitching ties between friends and communities.
We understand the fear of the unknown and the added stress that uncertainty can bring and we encourage everyone to take time for themselves, to find space away from the constant news updates, and to engage in activities that bring you comfort.
For the Baha’i Chair, the current restrictions on large gatherings and events have implications for our ongoing programs and events, and we continue to monitor the situation and will adapt as necessary.
We have postponed our April 6 lecture with Professor Richardson until the fall semester, and we will update the website when we have a new date confirmed.
We will continue with our April 14 Virtual Conference on the Global Climate Crisis: Seeking Solutions. As the speakers were already scheduled to present remotely, we will be able to continue with this important online event
The information for logging into the conference can be found on our webpage here: http://bahaichair.umd.edu/climatecrisis
As always, we are here to support the wider community, and we encourage you to reach out, to stand strong, and to keep caring for each other.
Professor Hoda Mahmoudi holds the Bahá’í Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland. Dr. Mahmoudi develops a sound scientific basis for knowledge and strategies that explore the role of social actors and structures in removing obstacles to peace and creating paths to a better world.
For more information about Hoda: Bahá’í Chair for World Peace website.