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We welcome personal sharing and prayer requests. Musical selections are often diverse, coming from a variety of cultures and styles. There is no established ritual, no request for funds, and dress is casual/ comfortable.
Each local Bahá'í community elects its own leadership, and its members share the group preparations for worship, fellowship, religious education, and contributing to regional, national, and global propagation of the Faith. In the absence of a minister or priest, each individual believer is responsible for her/his own spiritual development and advancement of the Faith.
Services, Studies, and Activities
Readings are mainly taken from the Bahá'í Writings. However, members of the Bahá’í Faith recognize and revere the Holy Scriptures of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Zoroastrian, and Buddhism. Participants are encouraged to bring their own readings from the Bible, Qur'án, Torah, and selections of other Sacred Writings to share if they wish.
Study Circles are regular gatherings of people interested in an in-depth and systematic study of the Bahá'í Writings. The purpose of this study is to gain a deeper understanding of the Holy Word, begin to comprehend the meanings and then find ways to apply the Word to our lives through spiritual transformation and service to humanity.
The frequency and duration of each study circle are set by the group, and a facilitator serves to maintain the focus and pace. Every participant in the group also makes a commitment to action or service.
Study Circles Now Being Offered:
Book One: Reflections of the Light of the Spirit
Book One topics include "Understanding the Bahá’í Writings," "Prayers," and "Life and Death." In general, small groups of participants, working with the assistance of a tutor, meet together in an atmosphere of joy, calm and meditative serenity to engage in a close study of the Life of the Spirit.
For information on the next upcoming
Book One Study Circle,
call (254) 424-3170
Off site classes for children
Children are the most precious resource a community has. Like a young tree, children will grow and develop in whatever way they are trained and according to the influences they experience. Bahá'í children's classes are intended to nurture spiritually vibrant and healthy young people who will grow up without prejudice and with a positive, powerful sense that they are important to God and have a role to play in serving humanity.
The Teachings of Bahá'u'lláh form the basis of these classes, and introduce the Bahá'í Teachings and those of other Messenger's of God to foster a fully united, just and peaceful world.
The Writings of the Bahá'í Faith affirm that spiritual
education is at the heart of an educational process
that leads to the elevation and transformation of the human spirit. It is through the conscious effort of loving families, combined with a systematic offering of classes based upon the guidance given to humanity by a loving God, that the spiritual development of children can be nurtured and developed. Hundreds of communities offer children's Bahá'í classes in the United States, and many local classes are offered weekly throughout the school year. Children's classes are also offered at national and regional schools across the country.
Other Opportunities for Worship and Community Service
The Bahá'í calendar, known as the Badí‘ calendar (meaning wondrous or unique), is divided into nineteen "months," each consisting of nineteen days. Years in the calendar begin at the vernal equinox, and are counted with the date notation of BE (Bahá'í Era), with March 24, 1844 CE being the first day of the first year, the year The Báb proclaimed his religion. You can see the entire Bahá'í calendar HERE.
There are a number of Feast Days and Holy Days during the year, variously observing the births, deaths, declarations, and historical events connected to the Founders of the Faith and their experiences.