Faith

Devotional Gathering

Devotional gatherings spring up naturally in a community where a conversation about the spiritual dimension of human existence is growing. In diverse settings, Bahá’ís and their friends and families unite with one another in prayer.

Because there is no ritual or clergy in the Bahá’í Faith, devotional gatherings are often held in people’s homes or in public places, and they are diverse in form. Prayer and reflection upon sacred scriptures are at the heart of such programs, and music and poetry may be incorporated as well.

These gatherings are held in every Bahá’í community to nourish a pattern of life characterized by its devotional character. The spiritual atmosphere created within a devotional meeting imparts a sense of joy, fellowship and love that enriches the relationships among participants.

Bahá’í devotional gatherings are intended to capture the attitude of prayer and the practice of devotion that is universal to all religions, and they are open to people of all beliefs and backgrounds

For many, the gatherings provide an opportunity for peace, reflection and revitalization. Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings—one may simply sit, meditate and enjoy the spiritual atmosphere, or take a more active role.

If you would like to join us on Saturday mornings Devotional gathering on Zoom or would like more information contact us.

 

 

Ruhi Class

Bahá'ís everywhere are engaged in a global process of learning that is helping to build their capacity to apply the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh to the transformation of society. As a contribution to this learning process, the Ruhi Institute carries out action and research in the field, in order to develop programs and materials that enhance the capacity of individuals and communities to serve humanity. Enhancing such capacity in the individual can be likened to walking a path of service.


Children's Classes

Classes for the spiritual education of children are a central activity of Bahá'í communities around the world. The importance of children, who hold the promise of the future, is a point of unity across all cultures. Bahá'ís believe that for this promise to be realised, children need education. Intellectual education helps children learn how to do more and greater things, while spiritual education helps children choose what to do with their growing abilities. In a world where materialism can easily distract people of all ages, imposing choices that lead us down self-centered paths that ultimately fail to make us happy, moral and spiritual education helps children develop the inner resources to go down a different path: one where service to the community gives them a sense of authentic self-worth, and an understanding of their place in the world, independent of material circumstances. This education is centered on helping children identify their own innate spiritual qualities - such as truthfulness, generosity, kindness, and courage - and learning how to develop and strengthen these through their own words and actions. Children participate in songs, games, and art, and hear lessons from the history and the Writings of the Bahá'í Faith, all of which center on these spiritual qualities.

Adults of all ages can be children's class teachers, and the Baha'i community has developed training materials to help anyone who feels moved to undertake this path of service. Many of the most enthusiastic teachers are youth, who are eager to take responsibility for their community's well being. For more information contact us.

Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program

Bahá'í communities around the world are learning to engage with "junior youth" - young people between the ages of 12 and 15, who are moving out of childhood into the period of youth. This is an age of physical, intellectual, and emotional change, and junior youth find themselves asking questions about the world and their own place in it. The excitement of this period is often accompanied by challenges; surrounded by clashing messages in society about what matters and what they should do, junior youth are faced with new and difficult choices.

In recognition of the huge potential of this age group, Junior Youth Groups help participants learn - through service projects, profound discussions, and artistic activities - how to develop their growing capacities and use them to build a better world. There is no teacher in these groups; instead, "animators" - often older youth - help guide the group as it explores spiritual and social concepts through a series of books, and decides on what projects to embark on in the community. These groups empower junior youth to see themselves as protagonists of their own spiritual and intellectual development, and active contributors to the progress of society as a whole. For more information contact us.