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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Junior Youth bring their own lunch but snacks will be provided.
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?
The program includes talks, stories, poetry, live music, video, discussion, skits, and social. Breakfast, refreshments and lunch will be served to all participants.
Why? The purpose of this conference is to develop a culture in which all consider themselves as treading a common path of faith and action towards the betterment of the world—supporting one another and advancing together, respectful of the knowledge that each possesses, and inspiring each individual to draw on spiritual truths as a source of guidance and strength.
To register use https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/faith-and-action-tickets-31791538347
The Question of Faith
Discovering the Path to Purpose
Panel: How I Found Faith
Women Of Faith
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Earl Nichols Arena
799 Homeview Road
Prepared on behalf of the Spiritual Assemblies of the Bahá’ís of London, St. Thomas, and Sarnia
At this time when our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters are in mourning, we mourn and stand in solidarity with them.
In the current atmosphere of suspicion, mistrust and political clashes around the world, we affirm our belief in the underlying oneness of all people—not as a vague hope—but as an essential truth.
A most fundamental of human rights is the right of each individual to investigate reality for himself or herself, and to benefit from the results of this exploration. All people should have the right to an unfettered adherence to spiritual life. We strongly condemn all forms of divisive prejudices—be they based on differences of race, religion, nationality, political views, gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. The right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion is not only possible in a diverse society, such as Canada, but is vitally necessary for the development of the well-being of humankind at this crucial point in history. Where there is love, unity, tolerance, and idealism, a people flourishes; where there is ignorance, prejudice, division and hatred, human society sinks in a slough of unending disasters, ruinous for mankind as a whole.
The Bahá’í community calls upon our fellow citizens to work against the subversive intolerances given voice by those who would have us divided. Let us examine, and eliminate from our own hearts, any trace of prejudice that would allow a seed of hate to take root. Let us demonstrate in word and deed that love is more powerful. We pray:
O Thou kind Lord! Thou hast created all humanity from the same stock. Thou hast decreed that all shall belong to the same household. In Thy Holy Presence they are all Thy servants, and all mankind are sheltered beneath Thy Tabernacle; all have gathered together at Thy Table of Bounty; all are illumined through the light of Thy Providence.
O God! Thou art kind to all, Thou hast provided for all, dost shelter all, conferrest life up
on all. Thou hast endowed each and all with talents and faculties, and all are submerged in the Ocean of Thy Mercy.
O Thou kind Lord! Unite all. Let the religions agree and make the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family and the whole earth as one home. May they all live together in perfect harmony.
O God! Raise aloft the banner of the oneness of mankind. O God! Establish the Most Great Peace.
Cement Thou, O God, the hearts together. O Thou kind Father, God! Gladden our hearts through the fragrance of Thy love. Brighten our eyes through the Light of Thy Guidance. Delight our ears with the melody of Thy Word, and shelter us all in the Stronghold of Thy Providence.
Thou art the Mighty and Powerful, Thou art the Forgiving and Thou art the One Who overlooketh the shortcomings of all mankind.
May our nation emerge from this tragedy with renewed resolve to uphold the principles to which we all aspire, and be an example of unity and diversity to the entire world.