Study Circles

Study circles were developed to promote strong, healthy, vibrant communities that take their inspiration from shared spiritual principles.  Typically, a small number of people (usually 6 to 12) come together and work with a facilitator, using a particular set of materials developed in the Baha’i Community. Friends study the writings, reflect collectively on their meaning, gaining insights from the perspectives of others and apply the writings through acts of service to the community.    The pace and frequency of study is determined by the availability of the participants. Frequently, these study groups meet once a week over a period of a few months. Some groups prefer to work more quickly and devote a few weekends or parts of weekends to the study of a book. While service may begin simply through a visit to a neighbour, the scope and complexity of service activities may increase over time as the community develops its capacities. Through this process, communities benefit from the talents and capabilities of a growing contingent of dedicated, inspired and trained human resources.

Subjects covered

Book One, for example, is entitled “Reflections on the Life of the Spirit” and deals with three themes:

  • Understanding the Bahá’í Writings
  • Prayer
  • Life and Death

Book Two is entitled “Arising to Serve” and is divided into three sections:

  • The Joy of Teaching
  • Deepening Themes
  • Introducing Bahá’í Beliefs

Book Three is entitled “Teaching Children’s Classes, Grade 1” and is divided into three sections:

  • Some Principles of Bahá’í Education
  • Lessons for Children’s Classes, Grade 1
  • Conducting Classes for Children

Book Four is entitled “The Twin Manifestations” and is divided into three sections:

  • The Greatness of this Day
  • The Life of the Báb
  • The Life of Bahá’u’lláh


Please contact the Local Spiritual Assembly: (519) 641-2520 or

Members of a study circle, who meet at the bookstore,  ...