Diversity and Inclusiveness 多元化與包容

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) has a very unique International Hospitality Program, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. They care about their international students. Volunteer host families befriend the students and share time with them, so the family and the students learn about each other‘s culture and customs. Each semester they collect donated household items and furniture to help students feel welcome at the beginning of their journey in the United States.

南伊利諾州立大學有個很不同的特色,他們在乎他們的國際學生。每個學期他們會收集捐贈物品,捐贈範圍從日用品到家具,也為學生指定美國家庭,幫助他們適應異國的新生活,也讓彼此有交流文化與學習的機會。

SIUE celebrates diversity and makes it a positive learning experience for students, but in the end it benefits all participants. Diversity brings different ideas into the community, which definitely shakes up the old ideas. SIUE launched a Diversity Program 12 years ago, and although promoting diversity was not easy in the beginning, the learning process leads to new solutions for a changing society. Today, business expand their reach and collaborate with global partners successfully, while their decision making is inclusive of different cultural aspects. This is the vision SIUE has for many years. They are proud they are able to provide their students this global training. Diversity and inclusiveness is the future of America, and also the world.

這方案(program) 帶給了學生多元化的學習機會,藉由帶進多元化的點子與思考模式,激盪著學生在解決方案上尋求一個新的思考模式,更新的思想,幫助學生在潛移默化中能適應在多元化的社會中找到新方案,並走在社會的引導前端。50年前學校就有一群老師有這樣的遠景,讓小城市的一所大學具有國際觀的特質,今天,他們以走在國際多元化的前端為榮。多元化與包容,不僅是美國的未來,也是世界的未來。

The power of the Holy Spirit already shakes the foundation of the way we think and reshapes the structure of the world. We are in the process entering a new era. This is the plan which God has for mankind and this is the teaching of Baha’u’llah. The Bab and Baha’u’llah brought the new message of God to us nearly 200 years ago. As we see, the world has changed from feudal and colonial systems into one with widespread, although not yet universal democracy. Today we advocate the equality of mankind. The cast system and slavery are forbidden by Baha’u’llah, and have been made illegal in every country within the last two centuries, thanks to the mercy and compassion of God. His bounty and grace is fulfilling the promises of salvation. “O SON OF SPIRIT! With the joyful tidings of light I hail thee: rejoice! To the court of holiness I summon thee .”

Now is the time to let go of sorrow from the past and move forward to follow His steps to build a new world. As God promised, a new heaven and new earth, and the Tabernacle of Unity will be established. We can shine the glory of God in the process, when we choose to work together.

聖靈的力量已震動了社會的根基,不知不覺中我們看世界的想法不斷在改變著,我們正走在新世界、新文明的建構中。這是這天啟上帝在進行的計畫,也是巴哈歐拉帶來的教導與工作。200年前巴孛與巴哈歐拉就帶來了上帝這建構新社會的訊息,從那時後起改造的工作就展開著。這幾百年間,世界由封建制度到殖民地時代,再進入民主時代,殖民地時代只是封建制度擴張的過渡期。今天我們提倡人人平等,封建制度已成了過往,階級與奴隸制度在這天啟已不再為世界所認可。讚美神的大慈大悲,在這天啟祂的恩典要完成救贖工作的應許。神說「靈性之子啊!我以光輝的喜訊向你歡呼,快樂吧!」

上帝是這樣的應許人類,我們要努力的就是在意志裡相信祂,並努力走出過往的陰霾,為建構新世界工作中與聖靈一起努力。新世界秩序的到來與大同聖帳在人間的建立是上帝這天啟的應許,我們可以在這改變的世代中使自己成為參與神聖工作的一份子,一起與上帝僕役們為天啟的偉大工作努力著而榮耀神。

Praise to His Glory. Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá!

榮耀歸於主!阿巴哈歐阿拉帕哈!

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