“Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in, and center your deliberations on its exigencies and requirements.” These inspiring and instructive words by Bahá’u’lláh (from the Tabernacle of Unity 2), encountered by Sovaida Ma’ani Ewing as a teenager, launched her on a lifelong path to “find practical ways of applying the vision and framework offered by the Bahá’í Writings to solving our global challenges including climate change, nuclear proliferation, terrorism, migration, financial crises, and genocide, to name but a few.”
Ms Ma’ani Ewing, a faculty member with the Wilmette Institute, founded the Center for Peace and Global Governance (www.cpgg.org) with the intent of developing “a set of shared global ethics … and demonstrating how we can apply them methodically to find practical and politically palatable solutions to our global problems.”
One of her latest projects has expanded the reach of the CPGG through a weekly video series entitled “Re-Imagining the World.” Launched in December 2020, the series airs live on Facebook and YouTube every Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. ET. The videos are “intended as a contribution to public discourse surrounding peace and the efforts necessary to shift our world from where we are today to where we want to be.” Each short program aims to “infuse a sense of hope and motivation to take positive action in those who are feeling anxious, depressed, and fearful due to the tribulations unleashed by the challenges of our time.” The program is recorded and available on the CPGG YouTube channel.
Ms Ma’ani Ewing has also published her latest book, The Alchemy of Peace: 6 Essential Shifts in Mindsets and Habits to Achieve World Peace. The book describes “a viable and effective path to achieving peace in our world. While inspired by the Writings, it also draws on other sources of knowledge and understanding and seeks to correlate them to address the needs of humanity today.” The process of achieving peace, Ms Ma’ani Ewing emphasizes, involves harnessing the power of choice to replace six outworn collective mindsets and the dysfunctional habits they have spawned with six new mindsets and related constructive habits. The book is available on Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback format.