فوز اثنين من البهائيين الانجليز بجوائز ملكية فى ذكرى ميلاد ملكة انجلترا UK Bahá’ís awarded OBEs in Queen’s 2011 Birthday Honours


فى 1 يوليو الحالى فاز اثنين من البهائيين الانجليز بجوائز ملكية فى ذكرى ميلاد ملكة انجلترا  وهى جزوائز شرفية تهدى سنويا للشخصيات  العامة والتى ادت دورا انسانيا للمجتمع الانجليزى  وهما السيد بارنى ليث والممثل للمجتمع البهائى بانجلترا فى كل الفاعليات الاجتماعية والاقتصادية مع المجتمع الانجليزى ودوره البارز فى تعزيز حوار الاديان والعمل المشترك من اجل المجتمع الانجليزى. والثانى هو الطبيب الانسان  بيتر هولم  وهو استاذ فى الطب النفسى  واليكم تفاصيل الخبر:

Peter Hulme and Barney Leith – UK Bahá’ís and members of the UK community’s national governing body – have been awarded OBEs for public service in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours. It is the first time that two Bahá’ís have been recognised in the same honours list.

Mr Hulme, lately Principal Psychologist at the Herefordshire Primary Care Trust, was awarded the OBE for services to mental healthcare. He worked in Hereford from 1985 to 2008, and served for several years as the Head of Psychology Services and as a representative of the Clinical Professions on the Trust’s Professional Executive Committee.

Speaking after the announcement of the award, Mr Hulme said that for him the “most important value” of the OBE “is in the positive recognition it gives to mental health, to all the people who work in that field including fellow team members, and most crucially to all those who bravely struggle to improve their lives in the face of such challenges”.

A former English teacher, Mr Hulme said that his move from teaching to psychology was motivated by  “a strong desire to make the wellbeing of other people my central concern”. Mr Hulme quoted a teaching from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of Bahá’u’lláh – the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith – about service to humanity. “Of all the pilgrimages,” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said, “the greatest is to relieve the sorrow-laden heart.”

Mr Hulme also said that his experience in the Bahá’í community informed his approach to clinical psychology. The Bahá’í principle of consultation, in which Bahá’ís are encouraged to seek after truth through discussion without personal bias or interest, helped shape his work in clinical psychology. “The more I could detach myself from my preconceived notion of reality,” he said, “the more I was able to keep the lines of communication open with those I was seeking to help.”

Mr Leith, a longstanding Bahá’í representative on a number of inter-faith bodies, was awarded the OBE for services to the Bahá’í faith and to inter-faith relations. Mr Leith is a founding member and the Chairman of the Faith Based Regeneration Network, an inter-faith body that encourages faith communities to participate in civic life. He is also a trustee of the Inter Faith Network for the UK and a founding member of the Multi-Faith Group for Healthcare Chaplaincy. Mr Leith has also participated at numerous Government consultations with faith groups.

“The OBE is a public recognition”, Mr Leith said, “of this area of work, not just for me, but for bringing together people of all faiths to deepen understanding and promote social action and development” for the wellbeing of British society.

Remembering Bahá’u’lláh’s teaching to “consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship”, Mr Leith said he has been “privileged to work with friends of many faiths, over many years, to help build good relations between our communities – work that I believe to be an essential contribution to building a united and peaceful world”.

The UK Bahá’í community plans to mark the two OBEs with seminars for Mr Hulme’s mental health colleagues and Mr Leith’s colleagues in the inter-faith community.

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