Drumheller's Baha'i community got together at the Badlands Community Facility on March 4 to share their vision of 'Building a Better Community.'
The featured speaker was Chris Anderson, who worked for 20 years in Africa with the United Nations.
"Baha'i is basically the ultimate optimist in that we believe the world is going to be united and there is going to be peace and there's going to be development that will benefit all of the people of the world, not just a small minority like it is these days," he told 99.5 Drum FM.
"We have no clergy. One of our fundamental principles is the independent investigation of truth, that every individual should make decisions about what they believe in terms of faith on their own, without being forced by family or community," he added.
Anderson, who now lives in Calgary, was raised in a Baha'i family, but he attended four different churches in order to learn what they had to say about life, then was allowed to make his own choice about what path to follow. Baha'i does have a number of childrens' and youth programs, but he stressed it's not about indoctrination.
"We're just trying to get them to realize they have a lot to contribute to the betterment of their community and their voices are not heard and they're often not given much of an opportunity to do something until they're much older," he argued. "When they start doing things, their confidence that they can change the world and they can build a better world really begins to grow."
For more information about the Baha'i Community of Drumheller, follow this link.