What Bahá'ís Do

Devotional Gatherings, Study Circles, Involvement in the Life of Society, Moral Education of Children; Spiritual Empowerment for Junior Youth

Devotional Gatherings  - Open to all.


Inspiration, rejuvenation, motivation, purpose, meaning – all are essential ingredients to one’s sense that his or her life is on track, is worth living. Yet, day to day, one is hard-pressed to maintain a positive, hopeful outlook.

The Word of God, say the Bahá’í writings, provides inspiration, rejuvenates souls, gladdens hearts, and renews one’s sense of purpose.

In locations all over the Halifax Regional Municipality, Bahá’ís host devotional gatherings in homes and community centers to take advantage of such benefits through prayer and the reading together of Bahá’í writings, other scriptures and inspiration pieces and to create an environment of unity and harmony.  Prayer offers us an opportunity to commune with our Creator, draw on the revitalizing power of the Word of God, and to contemplate and more deeply appreciate our lives.


The meetings, often simple, have a variety of elements to accommodate participants regardless of their religious background. Music, food, and discussion are often present, though the primary purpose is to use prayer’s power to transform, unify, and revitalize.

For many, these gatherings become a refreshing refuge from the discordant and grinding aspects of everyday life. Participants are able to meditate on spiritual principles and gain some perspective on how these principles can be applied to their day-to-day affairs.

These devotional gatherings are open to all and are intended to embrace that attitude of prayer and practice of devotion that is universal to all religions.

Learn More ; A short video:  What are Devotional Gatherings?



 Study Circles - Open to all


Around the world, one of the most common formats for Bahá’í study circles features a workbook entitled “Reflections on the Life of the Spirit.”

Developed by the Ruhi Institute in Colombia, the workbook is part of a series of materials that are widely used by Bahá’í communities in an effort to foster constructive personal and community transformation.

These workbooks use an interactive, question-and-answer format that fosters a participatory learning process in which the entire group develops a new capacity for individual and social action.




Typically, a study circle is lead by a “tutor”.  The tutor serves as a guide to assist participants to come to their own understandings and to generate new knowledge about themselves and their communities.

The workbooks draw extensively on quotations from the Bahá’í sacred writings — a feature that infuses a high degree of spirituality into the process.

Anyone is welcome to join one of the study circles that are organized all over Halifax Regional Municipality.

Learn More


 
Involvement in the Life of Society



Bahá’ís throughout the world—both individually and collectively—strive to become involved in the life of society, working shoulder to shoulder with divers groups to contribute to the advancement of material and spiritual civilization. Everyone willing to participate in the process of advancing the progress of the Halifax and world community is welcome to contribute.

Locally members of the Bahá’í Community work extensively to promote interfaith understanding by leadership roles in the local United Nations InterFaith Harmony Week activities, participation in InterFaith committees and university chaplaincies, co-sponsoring Spiritual Diversity Conferences, and providing a venue for a Mi'kmaq sweat lodge. Like many organizations individual Bahá’ís are actively engaged in charitable and service work but those that particularly promote the oneness of humankind such as a free English Corner and helping with immigrant settlement.

Read the Baha'i Submission to the Truth and Reconciiation Commission, 2013  and the related video  The Path Home

Learn more about particular activities at the Building Communities web site.

“Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in, and center your deliberations on its exigencies and requirements.”  — Bahá’u’lláh



Moral Education Classes for Children (ages 5-10) - Open to all


Children’s nobility and inherent dignity and their diverse talents and capacities require nourishment, love, and attention. Children’s education is a central preoccupation of Bahá’í communities and the key to the progress of the human community.

The Bahá’í Community of Halifax RM has joined thousands of local Bahá’í communities around the world in opening up its children’s classes to all children, of whatever background or belief.

Distressed by society's widespread abandonment of proper care of, and attention to children, Bahá’ís have resolved to give as much attention to the education of children as their personal and community resources allow.

Children are introduced to moral principles as well as the lives of humanity’s foremost spiritual Teachers: Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Christ, Muhammad, the Báb, and Bahá’u’lláh.

Avoiding a sectarian or rigid approach, the classes aim to awaken in children an understanding and love of those universal spiritual principles and moral teachings that have served to uplift humanity throughout the ages. These teachings, drawn in large part from the Bahá’í writings, convey a love of the arts, the utmost respect for science, and a moderate and wise focus on moral and spiritual education.

Bahá’í children’s classes aspire to impart in children a love of humanity, in all its diversity, and a love of knowledge, both material or spiritual.




Values and morality, virtues and good character, stories of spiritual and religious heroism, and insights into the eternal relationship of God and humanity provide the basis for Bahá’í children’s classes.

 Learn more: Children's Classes





Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment - Open to all



The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program is a global initiative aimed at endowing youth ages 12-14 with the ability to recognize the spiritual significance of their actions and words.







As members of a junior youth group, middle school-aged youth work together to develop the skills and attitudes necessary to become agents of change, beginning to understand that they have the ability to transform their own lives.

Working together with their group leaders, group members identify service opportunities in their communities, allowing them the chance to continue to increase their capabilities and strengthen their bonds with each other and the community in which they live. 

These experiences help youth develop a sense of world citizenship and a lifelong commitment to serve humanity, a core belief of the Bahá’í Faith.


Learn more about:  Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program  and hear examples on the Building Communities web site.

Short video on the program:  HERE 



Note: Pictures are by Zack Miloff, Anthony Power and others.