Bahá’í s Inaugurate New Calendar to Celebrate Founders’ Births

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Bahá’í s inaugurate new calendar to celebrate Founders’ Births

Nov 9, 2015, 9:00 AM ET(Eastern Time)

London – For the first time ever, Baha’is throughout the world will be celebrating two of their most important Holy Days (the Birthday of the Báb, the Herald of their Faith, and the Birthday of Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith) on two consecutive days, November 13 and 14. These are Baha’i Holy Days when work is suspended and the London Baha’i community holds commemorative events.

The Baha’is of London and neighbouring towns will commence the observance of these Holy Days with an evening of music, prayer and drama to celebrate the births of the “two most precious Beings”, the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. The event will take place at the Wolf Performance Hall , 251 Dundas St., London on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited.

The central theme of Bahá’u’lláh’s message is that humanity is one single race and that the day has come for its unification in one global society. Baha’u’llah proclaimed: “He Who is your Lord, the All-Merciful, cherisheth in His heart the desire of beholding the entire human race as one soul and one body.”        

Up until now, Baha’is have observed certain holy days according to the solar calendar for communities in the West, and a lunar calendar for communities in the Middle East. This implied that some holy days would be celebrated on different dates, depending on where in the world a Baha’i lived. In Canada, according to the solar Gregorian calendar, the birthday of the Báb was celebrated on October 20 and the Birthday of Baha’u’llah was celebrated on November 12. The Baha’i community is now implementing its new “Badi” calendar on a world-wide basis. The Badi calendar is linked to the solar year and begins at the moment of the Spring Equinox as calculated from Tehran, Iran, which was the birthplace of Baha’u’llah.

The Bahai Faith has been active in London since the early 1900s and has a membership of over 400 believers. Its members are engaged in community-building activities with people of all backgrounds. These include devotional programs, children’s classes, spiritual empowerment programs for junior youths, and study circles for adults. To learn more about the Baha’i Faith in London and Canada, please visit: londonbahai.ca ; www.ca.bahai.org .

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For further information:
Contact Bob Andrighetti
E-mail: londonassembly@gmail.com
Tel: (519) 474-0943

Reflection Gathering

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Dear Friends,

Thank you to those who were part of our beautiful reflection gathering today! About 40 people participated in fruitful discussions about our current community activities and had a chance to set goals for the next 3 months. Special thanks to the different art groups who brought such beautiful art pieces for the “show+share” portion of our community! Thank you also to the children and junior youth for sharing their songs with the community 🙂 How exciting it was to hear about all the wonderful activities happening in our community! Among a few of them were the following:

 -Hidden Gems Adult/ Youth and Children Education (weekly-Sun 10-12pm)

-Children’s classes (weekly-Wed, Sat, Sun)

-Art Devotionals (monthly)

-Persian women’s gatherings (monthly)

-Junior youth art classes (weekly-Fri)

-Creating a New Mind (monthly- last Sat)

-Exciting core activities in the White Oaks area

-Saturday Deepening classes

-Musical Firesides

-Potluck devotionals

-Children’s Summer Camp

-Rotating downtown devotional gatherings

 reflectionmeeting

 For more information or to find out how to get involved, please contact the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’í’s of London Ontario londonassembly@gmail.com

 

Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems: Spiritual Education for Ourselves and our Families, Sundays 10am to Noon

Kinsmen Recreation Centre, 2nd floor, 20 Granville Street, London (west off of Wharncliffe Road between Riverside and Oxford)

Adult sessions

May 31st   – Next in the series “Getting Married, Staying Married: Mindful Matrimony” with Terry and Jules Poirier

Jun 7th   – To be announced

Jun 14th   – Annual Picnic in Arva Park 11:00 AM

 Youth Class – 13 to 18 years old

In-depth Study of the Dispensation of Bahá’u’lláh

 Children’s Classes – 6 to 9, 10 to 12 years old

Learning about the Bahá’í Writings and History

 Offered by the Bahá’í community of London as a service to the greater Southwestern Ontario region.

Light Refreshments. All are welcome.

 Past topics for Hidden Gems’ adult sessions have included such spiritually enriching topics for families as: Mindful Parent, Mindful Child; The Home Environment; Prayer and Meditation; Seeing the End in the Beginning; Prayer and Meditation; Discipline in Love; Being an Example; The Station of Parents; The Spiritual Reality of the Child; The Spiritual Journey of the Parent; Change; Service; Thirst for Knowledge; The Beauty of Marriage.

DRC_0863A study class in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Cluster Reflection Meeting

Please plan to attend the upcoming Cluster Reflection Meeting

Sunday, May 31st, from 2-5pm at Kinsmen Arena, 20 Granville Ave, London

It promises to be an inspiring event with lots of music, art, presentations and fruitful discussion/planning! If you are currently part of, or want to take part in, any activities, or have any ideas that would help advance our community, this is the place for you! Come and share in all the exciting things that are happening in our cluster and be a part of the action! We’ll have music, art and “show and tell” presentations from activities around the cluster as well as potluck refreshments!

What is a Reflection Meeting?

At a Reflection Meeting individuals come together to share insights and to make plans concerning the development of the Bahai’ Faith in a Cluster. The Universal House of Justice describes these gatherings:

As learning has come to distinguish the community’s mode of operation, certain aspects of decision making related to expansion and consolidation have been assigned to the body of the believers, enabling planning and implementation to become more responsive to circumstances on the ground. Specifically, a space has been created, in the agency of the reflection meeting, for those engaged in activities at the cluster level to assemble from time to time in order to reach consensus on the current status of their situation, in light of experience and guidance from the institutions, and to determine their immediate steps forward. (Ridvan Message 2010)

COL_5204A reflection meeting in Norte del Cauca, Colombia.

Creating A New Mind

Catherine Wong will speak about “Raising Prejudice-free Children: Teaching our Children the Oneness of Humanity.”

London Public Library at 10:00am Saturday May 30.

Creating a New Mind May 30 2015