Bahá’u’lláh and the Big Bang: Themes of Astrophysics in the Bahá’í Writings

We are pleased to announce the next talk in the “Creating a New Mind” series to be presented on Saturday January 26, 2019 at 10:30am at the Byron Public Library.

Abstract:
On the surface, creation stories, as found in the writings and literature of the world’s religions and belief systems, often seem to be at odds with modern science. This has been especially apparent in the ongoing controversy generated by the argument between some religious authorities and scientists studying the evolution of species. Such problems usually arise when one asserts a literal interpretation of scripture that is essentially mystical and metaphorical. Even with this in mind, the writings of Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, and its authorised Interpreter, ‘Abdú’l-Bahá, on the nature of the physical universe are remarkably compatible with modern astrophysics. This interactive exploration is designed to help explore the Bahá’í writings on the topic of the physical universe and cosmology.

Geron holds a PhD in Physics and manages an industrial-academic research partnership with the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western University developing new and better MRI scanners. He is also a member of the Bahá’í Community of London.

Details on the presentation by Dr. Geron Bindseil are included in the following link:
Creating a New Mind -Jan-26-2019

Public Talk – Friday January 11

Public Fireside

The next Public Fireside talk will take place on Friday, January 11 at 6:30pm in the Thames Valley Education Centre cafeteria (1250 Dundas St.) A potluck meal will be followed by an introductory talk on the Baha’i Faith. The presenter for the Jan. 11 event will be Adib Sedig. A description of the topic and the bio of the presenter appear below.

Title: An Analysis of Deep-Seated Structural Defects of Social Economy

Abstract:

The stability, happiness, and prosperity of the world of humanity depends on readjustment of the social economy. To this end, some deep-seated, structural defects in social economy must be corrected. This presentation is intended to contribute to social discourse about this fundamental issue. It is of importance to all who work towards the realization of a brighter future for humanity, particularly the youth.

Bio:

Adib Sedig is an 18-year-old youth who avidly studies the Baha’i writings, as well as socio-economic, mathematical, and scientific subjects. Since the age of 13, he has presented at four major conferences. He began his undergraduate studies in mathematics and economics at Western University in September of 2018.

Public Talk – An “Ear” for Prophecy – December 14th

Our next public talk with take place on Friday December 14th at 6:30pm at the Thames Valley Education Centre (1250 Dundas St.) A potluck dinner will be followed by a talk on the Baha’i Faith given by Susan and Michael DiFabio.

Summary
This presentation will provide a brief overview of the fulfilment of prophecy throughout the holy scriptures. A pattern emerges in this overview, forging a prospective roadmap for examining the claims of the Baha’i Faith. Excerpts from the gospels, Paul’s epistles, and the Baha’i scriptures provide further insight into this examination.

Bio:
Susan and Michael DiFabio met at Western University and have been married for 23 years. They live in London with their two teenage boys, Ethan (18) and Brendan (16). Susan is a dental hygienist at a local periodontal office, and Michael consults in the telecommunications industry. They joined the Baha’i community in 2005, both originating from a strong evangelical Christian heritage.

Creating a New Mind: Spiritual Parenting

We are happy to announce the second presentation on “Creating a New Mind” series of monthly talks to take place on Saturday Nov 24 at 10:30 am.

Location: Central Library (251 Dundas Street)-Tonda Room

Theme: Spiritual Parenting

Title: What does it mean to raise a spiritual child?

Presenter: Renée Phillips

You are cordially invited to the Anniversary
of the Birth of

Bahá’u’lláh

Friday, November 9, 2018
at 7:30 p.m.

Thames Valley Education Centre
1250 Dundas Street East
(Please use the back entrance)

Join us for a dessert reception and celebration
( Child-minding will be available)

*There will also be a special Children’s Celebration.
Saturday, November 10, 2018
1:00 pm
Sherwood Forest Public Library (Meeting Room B)

Creating a New Mind: Art, Logos and the Search for Meaning

The Baha’i Community of London is presenting a new series of “Creating a New Mind” talks. The first of these will take place on Saturday, November 3 at 1:00pm at the London Public Library, Beacock Branch (1280 Huron St.) The talk is entitled “Creating a New Mind: Art, Logos and the Search for Meaning” and will be presented by Sky Glabush. All are welcome to attend.

Junior Youth Summer Camp 2017

This summer camp is an extension of the Junior Youth Program that is offered in different parts of London to youth ages 11-14. The camp will provide an opportunity for the students to create strong bonds of friendship with their peers, study materials that will enhance their interpersonal, language, and leadership skills, as well as address social issues around the world. The camp will also have recreational activities, crafts and a service project!

Location: BMO STEM Centre at London International Academy, 365 Richmond street, London, ON (Room 305B)
Date: Monday August 21st – Friday August 25th
Time: 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Cost: $10

Junior Youth bring their own lunch but snacks will be provided.

Please follow the link below to register:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd3t4LaC8jfEsGBYYmbdnfKt-k0EgZdF622LO3Rhm54iR2jUQ/viewform?c=0&w=1&includes_info_params=true

Creating a New Mind: Monarchs as a Metaphor for Humanity

Monarch butterfly

Creating a New Mind: Monarchs as a Metaphor for Humanity
Byron Library, Saturday July 15th 10:30am
Presenter: Renée Phillips

Humanity is undergoing big changes–changes that will allow us to reach new heights–but the process involves giving up the old structures. It can be a scary time if we don’t take time to step back and look at the potentialities being realized.

Caterpillars molt their skin when they become restrictive–each molting providing an expansion or continuation of the structures that existed before. After molting, the caterpillar is still a caterpillar, just bigger and still with an insatiable appetite. Inside the caterpillar are cells called imaginal cells that hold the blueprints for the butterfly. When the time is right for the caterpillar to morph, the imaginal cells use all the protein resources around them to create specialized structures that will be essential for the flight and life of the butterfly. When the process is complete the creature is no longer restricted to crawling on the earth but can fly vast distances and great heights…and yet all that was needed for the butterfly was already within the caterpillar.

Humanity has great potential. The resources and blueprints for greater capacities are already with it. Are we ready to leave behind the old structures that hold us back?