Creating a New Mind – June Event

The ‘Creating a New Mind’ series of interactive talks continues on Saturday June 27, 2015 at 10:00 am in the Stevenson Hunt room at the London Public Library downtown location.  Dr. Paul Parsons will share his perspective and facilitate an interactive discussion on Science and God.  All are welcome to attend.  Admission is free.

 

Abstract:

One of the principles of the Bahá’í teachings is the harmony of science and religion. Religion must be in accord with science and reason. If it does not correspond with scientific principles and the processes of reason, it is superstition. The antithesis of knowledge is ignorance, andthe child of ignorance is superstition.God has endowed us with faculties by which we may comprehend the realities of things, contemplate reality itself. If religion is opposed to reason and science, faith is impossible; and when faith and confidence in the divine religion are not manifest in the heart, there can be no spiritual attainment.

Unquestionably there must be agreement between true religion and science. Religion must stand the analysis of reason. It must agree with scientific fact and proof so that science will sanction religion and religion fortify science. Both are indissolubly welded and joined in reality.

Paul Parsons is currently a research scientist at IBM Canada and a postdoctoral fellow at Western University. He received his Ph.D. from Western University in 2013. In August, Paul will join Purdue University as an Assistant Professor. His research focuses on design of interactive technology to support human cognition.

Creating a New Mind Flyer-June 27 2015

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

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 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

Baha’i Community Celebrates the Fesitval of Ridvan

Ridvan

The Baha’i Community of London celebrated the Twelfth Day of Ridvan on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7:30pm at the Thames Valley District School Board.

The Baha’i Community of London recently celebrated the First Day of Ridvan on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. The Ridvan Festival which begins on April 21 and corresponds with the declaration of Baha’u’llah as a Manifestation of God, is celebrated for a period of twelve days each year.  The ninth and twelfth days of Ridvan are also observed as Holy Days in the Baha’i Community. On the Ninth Day of Ridvan, Baha’u’llah spent time with his family preparing for His exile to Constantinople. On the Twelfth Day, Baha’u’llah set out on His exile in the company of family and companions.