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Eleven years ago, Gene and Phyllis Unterschuetz were in a transition in their lives. They sold their house in a Chicago suburb and bought an RV to go on a trip throughout the U.S. When they revved up the engine, it ignited the beginning of an amazing journey.
The Unterschuetzes decided this trip would last between six month and a year, after which, they would buy a new house and get new jobs.
During this tour, the Unterschuetzes, who are Baha’is, visited Baha’i communities and conducted what is called travel teaching or talks about faith.
They hadn’t been doing it very long when the topic of race and racial prejudice appeared. It was a topic, Phyllis said, that made people nervous. They felt if they talked about race and prejudice, they would look bad, therefore, people were afraid to address this topic.
This is a touchy subject, Phyllis said, because people have been unconsciously conditioned about race. The consequences of this conditioning are that people can say things that hurt others’ feelings.
In the Bahaíi Faith, there is a central social principle of oneness and wholeness in the human race so the Unterschuetzes got started on work to promote this principle.
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