Soul Food in Melbourne was started in 2005 by a group of volunteers from the local Baha'i community, who all shared one common vision. We wanted to provide the wider Melbourne community with a free program where people of all faiths, beliefs and backgrounds can come together to reflect on and celebrate our diversity, and be reminded of the common threads that tie all of humanity together.
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The vision for Soul Food is inspired by principles of the Baha'i Faith which promote the oneness of humanity, that it starts with the transformation of the individual, and that every individual can do their part to achieve it.
It is not a religious or political event. There are no talks or personalities, and there is never any one belief system in focus. It is an event for reflection and spiritual growth, combining live music, audio-visual pieces, readings from faiths and philosophers, authors, leaders and indigenous cultures, from all over the world.
It is held at the State Library of Victoria on the first Sunday of every month. Each month we choose a theme and organise a rich program which explores that theme. To learn more about past topics then please view the list of programs on the home page.
Guests come from all walks of life, young and old, from local and afar. Some come for the music, others come for the inspiring readings and audiovisuals. Some sit back and close their eyes, while others sit poised for every word and picture. Some are even moved to tears. All acknowledge one thing – that Soul Food provides a place where we can explore, without expectations or biases, what it means to be a united human family and how we can make this happen.
If this sounds like a nice way to spend a Sunday morning, then please come along. It's free and open to all.
The Soul Food program also runs in Adelaide, Hobart, Perth and now also running in Ballarat (Victoria), Geelong (Victoria), Charlottetown (Canada) and San Clemente California (USA).
You can learn more about the Australian Baha'i community here:
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Our SupportSoul Food is proudly supported by the Baha'i Council of South-Eastern Australia and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship.
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Study CirclesIn response to interest from Soul Food guests, the Bahá’í community is now offering a series of regular 'Study Circles' – as an opportunity to further explore subjects related to spiritual development.
Study Circles are small, informal groups, and provide an environment in which to discuss meaningful topics with like-minded people. The first Study Circle is titled "Reflections on the Life of the Spirit", from the Ruhi Institute series based on the Baha'i Writings. If you are interested please contact us.