Confirm Room / Food Preference
Compilation created for the retreat
IMPORTANT: due to unforeseen circumstances some people attending the BIC + Public Discourse event that precedes ours are most unfortunately staying one extra night.
If your name is listed below kindly note that you will be thus staying ONLY the 1st night of Thursday 29th in a nearby hotel just 15 mins from the hotel of the retreat. ( INFO BELOW )
GETTING FROM FIUMICINO or CIAMPINO Rome Airports to Acuto
Here you can find the landing and departure info that some participants have already posted, to allow you to SELF manage logistics of sharing rented cars (suggested best option) You can check https://www.rentalcars.com/
you can ride a train, direct from Rome Fiumicino Airport that takes you to Rome Termini station where you change for the train that takes you to the stop of Anagni-Fiuggi.
ONCE YOU REACH that station, please call the hotel to inform them that you will soon arrive to the pick up location
+39 351 912 0094
+39 0775 56061
From that train station, a public bus service will take you to the "Bivio di Acuto"
You would be picked up from there.
TRAIN TIMETABLES & INFO HERE
ADDRESS of the retreat location:
Hotel La Panoramica
Via G. Falcone, 7,
03010, Acuto (FR),
Tel. (+39) 0775 56061
ADDRESS of the accommodation ONLY night of Thursday 29th location:
Albergo Villa Lina
Via Vallicelle 24
03014 Fiuggi FR
Tel. (+39) 0775 504886
PEOPLE WHO WILL SLEEP IN VILLA LINA ONLY night of Thursday 29th
Anand Kartikeya – Khrisna Rajan
Hamid Samandari – Kazem Samandari
Liva Sreedharan – Nan Chen
Sovaida Maani – Ken Ewing
Ho Yuet Mee
Jean Pierre Mean
Vincenzo Greco Manuli
The ebbf board invited you personally to this timely ebbf impact retreat.
It has also created for you a suggested reading list that you can enjoy before attending, or on the flight over.
Bear in mind that the entire retreat was created after the board enjoyed a study circle of Book 13, Engaging in Social Action. If you have access to this, it does provide very valuable guidance.
1) On new work culture, health/gender, emerging from the pandemic:
Why moral leadership matters now more than ever
Regenerative Cultures are about Thriving Together
How Working Dads Can Keep Pulling Their Weight at Home When WFH Ends
Managers: Compassion and Accountability Aren’t Mutually Exclusive
2) Perspectives on Global Governance and the changes needed:
A Governance Befitting: Humanity and the Path Toward a Just Global Order
3) A summary/update of the Earth's "vital signs" by leading scientists
As you know the Baha'i Faith affirms the extreme importance of science, and the harmony between science and religion; also, the current serious planetary state is a cause of unprecedented new innovation, cooperation and extraordinary new planetary perspectives
World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency 2021
William J Ripple, Christopher Wolf, Thomas M Newsome, Jillian W Gregg, Timothy M Lenton, Ignacio Palomo, Jasper A J Eikelboom, Beverly E Law, Saleemul Huq, Philip B Duffy ... Show more
BioScience, biab079, https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biab079
28 July 2021
And this compilation that the ebbf board has created from you:
UNDERSTANDING THE PRESENT
Every development effort can be said to represent a response to some understanding of the nature and state of society, its challenges, the institutions operating in it, the forces influencing it, and the capacities of its peoples. To read society in this way is not to explore every detail of the social reality. Nor does it necessarily involve formal studies. Conditions need to be understood progressively, both from the perspective of a particular endeavour’s purpose and in the context of a vision of humanity’s collective existence. Indeed, it is vital that the reading of society be consistent with the teachings of the Faith. That the true nature of a human being is spiritual, that every human being is a “mine rich in gems” of limitless potential, that the forces of integration and disintegration each in their own way are propelling humanity towards its destiny are but a few examples of teachings that would shape one’s understanding of social reality. Bahá’í-inspired organizations supporting relatively complex lines of action need to continually refine their reading of society, using the methods of science to the best of their abilities.
It is important to note that reading the social reality of a population from within is different than studying it as an outsider. In instances where the population in question is relatively poor in material resources, outsiders with access to greater means frequently see only deprivation—the wealth of talent in the population, the aspirations of its members, and their capacity to arise and become the protagonists of change may all be overlooked. Furthermore, external observers of poverty are all too often unaware of the tendency to allow their own feelings of pity, fear, indignation or ambivalence to affect their reading of society and to base their proposed solutions on the value they place on their own experiences. However, when an effort is participatory, in the sense that it seeks to involve the people themselves in the generation and application of knowledge, as all forge together a path of progress, dualities such as “outsider-insider” and “knowledgeable-ignorant” quickly disappear.
The Universal House of Justice, 26 November 2012
SENSING THE FUTURE
This salutary truth we maintain: that the peoples of the earth have always been remembered by their God. In every era of history, that unknowable Reality has opened the gates of grace to the world by sending an Emissary charged with providing the moral and spiritual stimulus that human beings need to cooperate and advance. Many of the names of these great Lights to humankind are lost. But some shine out from the annals of the past as having revolutionized thought, unlocked stores of knowledge, and inspired the rise of civilizations, and Their names continue to be honoured and praised. Each of these spiritual and social visionaries, stainless mirrors of virtue, set out teachings and truths that answered the urgent needs of the age. [...]
The perfect Educators Who, throughout history, brought light to the world, left behind a legacy of sacred words. Within the words that flowed like a river from the pen of Bahá’u’lláh are gifts of enormous range and sublime character. Not infrequently, one who encounters His Revelation responds first to prayers of surpassing beauty that satisfy the soul’s longing to befittingly worship its Maker. Deeper in the ocean of His words are discovered the laws and moral imperatives to liberate the human spirit from the tyranny of worldly instincts unworthy of its true calling. Here, too, are found enduring ideals in whose light parents may raise children not simply in their own likeness, but with aspirations more exalted. There are also explanations that reveal the hand of God at work in the history of humankind’s winding journey through the stages of tribe and nation towards higher forms of unity.
The diverse religions of the world are shown to be expressions of a single underlying truth, related to one another by a common origin, and also by a common purpose: to transform humanity’s inner life and outer conditions. Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings testify to the nobility of the human spirit. The society He envisions is one worthy of that nobility and founded on principles that guard and reinforce it. The oneness of the human family He places at the core of collective life; the equality of women and men He unequivocally asserts. He reconciles the seemingly counteracting forces of our own age—science and religion, unity and diversity, freedom and order, individual rights and social responsibilities. And among His greatest gifts is justice, manifested in institutions whose concern is for the progress and development of all peoples. In His own words, He has “blotted out from the pages of God’s holy Book whatsoever hath been the cause of strife, of malice and mischief amongst the children of men” and, concurrently, “laid down the essential prerequisites of concord, of understanding, of complete and enduring unity”.
The Universal House of Justice, October 2017
BUILDING THE FUTURE
“It is the duty of every seeker to bestir himself and strive to attain the shores of this ocean,” Bahá’u’lláh states. The spiritual teachings brought by successive Messengers through the ages found expression in religious systems that, over time, have become fused with aspects of culture and weighed down with man-made dogmas. But look past these and it becomes clear that the original teachings are the source of the universal values through which diverse peoples have found common cause and which have moulded humanity’s moral consciousness. In contemporary society, the reputation of religion has suffered a great deal, and understandably so. If, in the name of religion, hatred and strife are promoted, it is better to do without it. However, true religion can be known by its fruits—its capacity to inspire, to transform, to unite, to foster peace and prosperity. It is in harmony with rational thought. And it is essential to social progress. The Faith of Bahá’u’lláh cultivates within the individual and the community the discipline of acting in the light of reflection, and by this means, insights gradually accumulate about effective ways to work for the betterment of society. Attempts at social change through political intrigue, sedition, vilification of particular groups, or outright conflict are condemned by Bahá’u’lláh, for they merely perpetuate cycles of struggle while lasting solutions continue to elude. He champions instruments of a very different sort. He calls for good deeds, kind words, and upright conduct; He enjoins service to others and collaborative action. And to the task of constructing a world civilization founded on the divine teachings, He summons every member of the human race. Might one not ask, in contemplating the breadth of His vision, upon what foundation shall humanity realistically build hope for the future, if not this?"
The Universal House of Justice, October 2017
There are spiritual principles, or what some call human values, by which solutions can be found for every social problem. Any well-intentioned group can in a general sense devise practical solutions to its problems, but good intentions and practical knowledge are usually not enough. The essential merit of spiritual principle is that it not only presents a perspective which harmonizes with that which is immanent in human nature, it also induces an attitude, a dynamic, a will, an aspiration, which facilitate the discovery and implementation of practical measures. Leaders of governments and all in authority would be well served in their efforts to solve problems if they would first seek to identify the principles involved and then be guided by them.
The Universal House of Justice, October 1985
Consider His teaching that humanity is one people, or that women are equal with men, or that education must be universal, or that rational investigation of the truth must prevail over fanciful theories and prejudices. Across all nations, a large segment of the world’s people now agrees with these fundamental values.
Nevertheless, arguments against these values, previously confined to the margins of serious thought, are also resurgent in society—a reminder that ideals require the force of spiritual commitment to cement them. For it is one thing to acknowledge something in principle; it is quite another to embrace it with all of one’s heart, and harder still to refashion society in ways that give collective expression to it. Yet this is the aim of communities emerging across the globe that are patterned on Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings. These communities are striving to focus the light of those teachings on the chronic problems that afflict the societies around them; they are devising programmes of practical action centred on spiritual precepts. These are communities that champion the education of both girls and boys under all circumstances; that subscribe to an expanded conception of worship which includes work carried out in the spirit of service; that look to spiritual aspirations, rather than self-interest, as the ever-flowing springs of motivation; and that inculcate a resolve to advance individual and social transformation. They seek to bring about spiritual, social, and material progress simultaneously. Above all, these are communities that define themselves by their commitment to the oneness of humanity. They value the rich diversity represented by all the world’s kindreds, while maintaining that one’s identity as a member of the human race has precedence before other identities and associations. They affirm the need for a global consciousness, arising from a shared concern for the well-being of humankind, and they count all the peoples of the earth as spiritual brothers and sisters.
The Universal House of Justice, October 2017