Devotional Gatherings

A regular gathering of people from all faiths and backgrounds who come together in a locality to share prayers and worship. Often held in homes or neighborhood or community centers, devotional gatherings are considered an essential practice of the spiritual well-being of a community, and follow no set form or rituals.

Sacred Sounds

posted May 30, 2019, 6:10 AM by Irina Rahimi   [ updated May 30, 2019, 6:18 AM ]

An evening of shared music, writings and friendship. Sacred Sounds is intended to create a sacred space for those who attend.

The first of these evenings will be on Saturday, July 6 2019 from 6:30 - 8:30.  More dates check our calendar.

The presentations will last approximately 45 minutes which will be followed with light refreshments.

Creating Mindful Devotions

posted Feb 6, 2019, 4:02 AM by Irina Rahimi   [ updated May 21, 2019, 1:55 PM ]

We would like to invite you to an evening of Creating Mindful Devotions!

 

What will this look like?

     The evening program will open up with 10 - 15 minutes of mindfulness practice, followed directly by devotions.

What type of devotions? 

      Writings from the Baha'i Faith as well as devotions from other spiritual traditions are welcome. 

 What Time:  

        We begin at 7:15 p.m. and end at 8:15 p.m.

Are there other dates in place?  

       Please check our calendars for the dates.

Location?

        Benson/Chaney home at 3802 S. Harrison for the immediate future.  Call 260-456-2159 for questions or directions.

Firesides

posted Oct 14, 2017, 9:21 AM by Irina Rahimi   [ updated Nov 13, 2019, 7:56 AM ]

Description:Meaningful conversations about what the Baha’i Faith offers for people who want to contribute to the betterment of the world. Discussions will be informal, cordial, and in a spiritual atmosphere.  All are welcome! 

Imagine a group of your friends gathering together in a home or on the beach in an informal setting, talking about teachings of a religion and why they’re important for the modern world. 

Baha’is around the world have had many of these gatherings to discuss things like world peace, equality of women and men, racism, and so many more topics that are important to defeat ignorance. Baha’is call these gatherings “firesides”—warm, informal gatherings and discussions about the Baha’i teachings: 

The purpose of religion as revealed from the heaven of God’s holy Will is to establish unity and concord amongst the peoples of the world; make it not the cause of dissension and strife. – Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah, p. 129. It is potluck, so bring your favorite dish to share.

This month fireside information:

When:  November 16 at 6:30

Where:   11616 Carroll Cove, Fort Wayne, IN

Topic: Manifestations of God

Throughout the ages, humanity’s spiritual, intellectual and moral capacities have been cultivated by the Founders of the great religions, among them Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammad, and—in more recent times—the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh.

These Figures are not simply ordinary people with a greater knowledge than others. Rather they are Manifestations of God, Who have exerted an incomparable influence on the evolution of human society. While each of Them has a distinct individuality and a definite mission, the Manifestations of God all share in a single, divinely-ordained purpose—to “educate the souls of men, and refine the character of every living man…1

The Manifestation of God is the light-bringer of the world. Like the arrival of spring, His coming releases a fresh outpouring of spirit into creation and has a universal effect. When humanity has entered its “winter,” this new “sun” appears above the horizon and “shines upon the worlds of spirits, of thoughts and of hearts…” Then, “the spiritual spring and new life appear, the power of the wonderful springtime becomes visible, and marvelous benefits are apparent.2

With the coming of each Manifestation, new forces are released that, over time, increasingly permeate human affairs, providing the main impulse for the further development of consciousness and society.

This process—in which the Manifestations of God have successively provided the guidance necessary for humanity’s social and spiritual evolution—is known as “progressive revelation.” If God were to be likened to the unapproachable sun, the source of all light and life in our own solar system, then the Manifestations of God might be compared to mirrors that perfectly reflect the sun’s light in a form that human beings are capable of comprehending. “These sanctified Mirrors…are one and all the Exponents on earth of Him Who is the central Orb of the universe, its Essence and ultimate Purpose. From Him proceed their knowledge and power; from Him is derived their sovereignty.3

Since the purpose of all these divine “mirrors” is one and the same, no distinction should be made between Them. Bahá’u’lláh writes, “If thou wilt observe with discriminating eyes, thou wilt behold them all abiding in the same tabernacle, soaring in the same heaven, seated upon the same throne, uttering the same speech, and proclaiming the same Faith.”4

If all the great religions can be considered to be one in essence, founded upon the same reality, how then can we understand the differences—particularly regarding social practices—between the teachings of the various Manifestations of God?

Each Manifestation may be seen as a skilled physician. He has a complete grasp of the nature of the body of humanity and is able to prescribe the appropriate cure for the ills of the world—one that best meets the requirements of the time in which He appears. Referring to His own Revelation in this age, Bahá’u’lláh wrote, “The All-Knowing Physician hath His finger on the pulse of mankind. He perceiveth the disease, and prescribeth, in His unerring wisdom, the remedy.5


Lights of Unity

posted Sep 7, 2017, 5:48 PM by Irina Rahimi   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 6:30 PM ]

One of the wonderful properties of light is how it reflects off surfaces, illuminating different facets of an object. We can view spiritual principles in a similar way: they shine upon everyone equally, reflecting the highest ideals of humanity. In 2017 we’re starting a series called “Lights of Unity” to reflect upon spiritual principles.

Why are we exploring these themes? Because this year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith. To commemorate this special occasion we’d like to look at principles which are central to the Baha’i Faith. Please join us in exploring these topics through sincerity, humor, and everything in between.

Each month we will focus on one principle and through artistic expression try to reflect on it. The first week’s challenge will be to find a favorite quote (from your favorite author, poet, philosopher, etc.) that reflects the principle; the second week’s challenge will be to find a picture, photo or drawing; the third week, a story or poem; the fourth week, a video or musical selection.The simple rules are: No politics; be respectful; do not offend, don't get offended; love and have fun; participate as much or as little as you’d like; cat videos are allowed as long as they reflect the principle.

We are meeting on the last Friday of the month.

For more information visit our website www.lightsofunity.com or on Facebook

Pie & Prayers Night

posted Sep 7, 2017, 5:19 PM by Irina Rahimi   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 6:31 PM ]

Welcome to a night of pizza pie, dessert pie, and prayers for whatever is on your mind. We strive to have meaningful conversations about our own lives, our families, and communities. How can we improve all those relationships? We’re not sure, but let’s see what happens one pie at a time.

All are welcome, and there is often an interfaith feel to the gathering. People can come and go whenever needed.

We are meeting every Thursday at 7:00pm.

For more information contact us : BahaisFortWayne@gmail.com 

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