Tending to the spiritual education of children and young teenagers is an especial preoccupation of Toronto Bahá’ís and their peers, and has been for some time. Groups of friends, many of them young adults, have been trying to learn for years now how to channel the energies and innate curiosity of children and young teens towards the betterment of the community.
One segment of a four-part documentary film captures this process of community-building in a few neighbourhoods in Toronto, showing how classes for the spiritual education of young souls, rooted in Bahá’í teachings, have taken shape.
The segment starts by recounting the initial attempts by Bahá’ís to step outside of their comfort zone and directly invite youth to the classes. It goes on to show how the children and teens, many of whom lived in the same neighbourhood but had never met, came together, formed bonds of friendship and studied spiritual concepts, such as the importance of service to one’s family and society.
The documentary film, Frontiers of Learning, includes three other segments — set in Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and India — each focused on different aspects of the community-building process. Together, the segments capture the insights and experiences of people striving to build vibrant neighbourhoods, using concepts enshrined in the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith.