Performing this year
Every year in St. Albert, as in many other communities across Canada, the second week of November is celebrated as “Unity in Diversity Week.”
The Bahá'í Community of Canada initiated this week as a gift to its fellow Canadians with the intention of helping to build positive relations amongst all Canadians, to strengthen equality for all people and to promote the eradication of prejudice in Canada. This means recognizing diversity in its broadest sense — race, gender, age, class or culture, differences of ability, education, neighborhood and wealth.
Performing this year
The Project Saxophone Quartet
In light of this, the Unity in Diversity Organizing Committee of St. Albert has planned the 21st annual Unity In Diversity Concert, consisting of an evening of artistic presentations and cultural entertainment, followed by a reception.
We hope that you can join us.
Tickets are available for $15.00 at the Arden Theatre (780) 459-1542 or through TicketMaster (plus agency fee) at (780) 451-8000.
There will be a follow-up Unity in Diversity Reflection to share thoughts and inspirational words on this important principle:
Sunday November 16th
Transitions Hall at 10:30am
365 Carleton Drive, St. Albert.
Bahá'u'lláh, Founder of the Baha'i Faith, has revealed that the true unity of the human family can only be achieved through unity in diversity, which means the acceptance and respect for differences of culture, race, sex, age, education, class and individuality. This principle is a necessary complement to the concept of oneness, because without it unity could lead to sameness and conformity.
Edmonton Festival Ballet
Elaborating on the implications of this pivotal principle of the oneness of humankind, the Baha'i International Community states: "World citizenship begins with acceptance of the oneness of the human family and recognition of the interconnectedness of the nations of 'the earth, our home.' While it encourages a sane and legitimate patriotism, it also insists upon a wider loyalty, a love of humanity as a whole.
Back Porch Swing
It does not imply abandonment of legitimate loyalties, the suppression of cultural diversity, the abolition of national autonomy, nor the imposition of uniformity. Its hallmark is 'unity in diversity.' World citizenship encompasses the principles of social and economic justice, both within and among nations; non-adversarial decision making at all levels of society; equality of the sexes; racial, ethnic, national and religious harmony; and the willingness to sacrifice for the common good. Other facets of world citizenship - all of which promote human honor and dignity, understanding, amity, cooperation, trustworthiness, compassion and a desire to serve - can be deduced from those already mentioned."  Learn more »
Isokan Afrika - a pan-African group
of drummers and dancers.
St. Albert, Alberta, 30 October 2013 (St. Albert Gazette) — Article on the 20th Annual Unity in Diversity Concert (with photo)
Concert celebrates diversity »
 "World Citizenship: A Global Ethic for Sustainable Development". A statement by the Baha'i International Community to the 4th Pacific Islands Leaders Conference, based on a concept paper by the same name presented to the 1st session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, 14 June 1993.