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)
“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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 902-499-1773) to register or to get any questions answered. John will be the lead Tutor.
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Excerpts from the Universal House of Justice Letter March 2020:
- “However difficult matters are at present, and however close to the limits of their endurance some sections of societies are brought, humanity will ultimately pass through this ordeal,
and it will emerge on the other side with greater insight and with a deeper appreciation of its
inherent oneness and interdependence.”
- “We pray earnestly, also, for the Almighty to bestow upon you assurance, stamina, and
staunch spirits. May your minds be ever bent upon the needs of the communities to which
you belong, the condition of the societies in which you live, and the welfare of the entire family
of humanity, to whom you are all brothers and sisters. And in your quiet moments, when no course
of action other than prayer seems possible, then we invite you to add your supplications to our own
and ardently pray for the relief of suffering.”
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"To all who have come to honour the Herald of a new Dawn
Dearly loved Friends,
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The stories of the eight individuals are explored against the backdrop of the remarkable life of the Bab, the forerunner of Baha’u’llah.
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Light to the World
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The 51-minute film can be viewed here.
Synopsis: "There is a story unfolding. It is a story of humanity’s progress through history, propelled by the teachings of Messengers of God Who have guided humanity through its stages of development, and now to the dawn of its maturity.
"Two hundred years ago, such a prophetic Figure appeared: Bahá’u’lláh. He brought teachings for this age that represent an end to division and otherness, through which––at long last––the oneness of humankind can be realized.
"Discover more through accounts of people from diverse nations whose lives have been transformed by the light that Bahá’u’lláh brought to the world."
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