The Baha’i Community of Halifax is pleased to offer to all a chance to join a spiritual discussion group entitled:

“Reflections on the Life of the Spirit”

STARTS: Tuesday, July 14th, 7:30pm via ZOOM (Register now)

CONTENT:

“Reflections on the Life of the Spirit” is also referred to as Book 1. It was developed as part of a series by the Ruhi Institute in Columbia some 20 years ago. It has been taken by tens of thousands of persons around the world of diverse cultures, nationalities and religious backgrounds in what are referred to as study circles.

Topics that will be discussed in this Study Circle include:

- How to make a better world. Advancing on a path of service to others.

- Developing our spiritual qualities.

- Better understanding God’s purpose for humanity

- The purpose and approach to prayer

- The nature of the soul

- The purpose of life

These topics use Baha’i teachings to advance our understanding and growth by discussing their implications for our own conduct, how they might be used to serve others, and how they might influence society.

BACKGROUND AND WHY PARTICPATE:

Participants worldwide come to this first Institute course from diverse backgrounds. Some are already members of the Bahá'í community who hope to enhance their capacity to serve the Cause they have embraced. Others see the course as the beginning of their investigation of the Bahá'í Faith as a religion. Still others are attracted to Bahá'í ideals and wish to acquaint themselves with the community's aims and endeavors. And there are an increasing number of young people in particular who, wanting to develop their capacity to serve society, often through one or another program promoted by the Bahá'í community, take the course as an initial step.

The sources of knowledge upon which the books of the Institute draw are, on the one hand, the teachings of the Bahá'í Faith and, on the other, the accumulating experience of the worldwide Bahá'í community in furthering material and spiritual civilization. Someone unfamiliar with the Faith may have genuine questions about the intentions of the Ruhi Institute, most notably, “Am I being asked to change my religion?” or “Am I being asked to join a religion?” While it is natural that Bahá'ís would be eager to see their friends join the community, their own teachings prohibit them from engaging in proselytization - acceptance and faith are matters to be contemplated by each individual freely and without pressure. (These two paragraphs a drawn from the introduction to Book 1).

A majority who have participated in Book 1 like that the curriculum was built around social or group learning, having a chance to learn from other people as well as bringing their own experience to the study circle.

METHODOLOGY

Study groups are usually less that 10 people. All sessions being offered at this time will be by ZOOM video conferencing (requiring a device with Internet, camera and sound).

Each participant uses a study workbook providing the basic materials for the discussion and to act as a guide and a structure. It is provided free in electronic form but can also be purchased in paper form.

The study circle gatherings are planned to be weekly for 1.5 to 2 hours until the Book is completed about 15-20 hours in total.

It is led by a tutor who guides and participates. It is hoped that each participant assumes responsibility for their own advancement by contributing their talent to the group and by taking part in practices to experience concepts in action.

START DATES:

Tuesday July 14th, evening 7:30pm

If there is sufficient interest or those who can not be accommodated in one Circle, new study circles are planned to start : Sunday, August 9th ; Wednesday, September 9th (and possibly Tuesday, Oct 6th). Participants limited to Atlantic Canada residents.

CONTACT AND REGISTRATION

You can contact John Chesley (j.chesley51@gmail.com, 902-499-1773) to register or to get any questions answered. John will be the lead Tutor.


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