Baha'i Community of Port Moody
Month of Mulk/Dominion 175 BE Feb 07 – Feb 25, 2019 Vol. 12, No. 18
Inside this issue:
Glorified is He to Whom pertaineth the dominion of the heavens and of the earth, in Whose hand lieth the kingdom of all created things and unto Whom shall all return.
Feast of Dominion
Date: Thursday, Feb 07, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Old Mill Boathouse
DOWNLOAD Topic of Consultation for this Feast
Feast of Loftiness
Date: Friday, Mar 01, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: Old Mill Boathouse
Consultation: The Spiritual Nature of Fasting
Message From Your Local Spiritual Assembly
Assembly's Response to Recommendations made at the last Feast
1. Provide Core Activity reports at feasts: – Assembly agrees that this is a great idea and encourages friends to not be shy or humble about sharing their experiences in relation with involvement in Core Activities
2. Arrange for stories to be shared at the feast regarding sacrificial contributions to the Funds of the Faith - Assembly is hoping to establish an assistant treasurer function and when finalized will be asking that individual to consider this particular recommendation
3. Provide a moment of silence prior to start of consultation at each feast as an opportunity for the friends to reflect about the needs of the Funds – Assembly will leave to discretion of feast chair
4. Create units of certain dollar amount for friends to accept to adopt in small ‘bite size’ amounts to address the current deficit in the local Fund goal – Assembly has agreed to do this with establishment of $200 units for friends to decide how many units they wish to commit to cover the shortfall and hopefully meet our goal for this year of $99,000. Treasurer may be able to provide more information as part of his report
5. Assembly to provide a more detailed report of meetings at each feast, including topics discussed and participation level of members, etc. – Assembly wishes to remind the friends that the minutes of the Assembly, which provide the information about attendance etc. in detail are available for the community to review at any time. Further, the Assembly’s Annual Report, which is provided at the Ridvan Election covers such detailed information.
A Study of the Institution of Mashriqu'l-Adhkar
In an effort to encourage the community to study the recent compilation released by the World Centre on the Institution of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár, three separate deepening spaces have been organized for the Port Moody friends to come together and study the document together .
The details of each space are provided below, and community members are free to attend whichever location may suit them best. Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org with your choice of location such that the hosts can have an approximate idea of how many people to expect.
A limited number of copies of the compilation will be available at the meetings, though they can also be bought at the Vancouver Baha'i Store for $8. A digital copy is available at this link from which hard copies can be made if needed.
Location - Mitra and Bahram (Gustaspis')
Start Date: Sunday, February 10th
Time: 1PM - 3:30PM
Frequency: Weekly if needed
Location - Parviz and Simin (Rahmanys')
Start Date: Thursday, February 21st
Location - Pezhman and Anusha (Samimis')
Start Date: Saturday, March 2nd
Address: 641 Thurston Close
If a home visit… is defined in the courses as an opportunity to enter into a deep conversation on spiritual matters, then it should not be reduced to a mere social call in which the Faith may not even be mentioned. (Universal House of Justice – Turning Point 42.34)
Believers must learn to draw on each other’s love for strength and consolation in time of need. The Cause of God is endowed with tremendous powers, mighty forces of love and strength and harmony. (Shoghi Effendi, Living the Life, p. 8)
A visit to a home should be seen as one element of a coherent pattern of action that seeks to enable specific populations to contribute to the construction of the society envisioned by Bahá’u’lláh. (Universal House of Justice, letter to a National Spiritual Assembly, 28 December 2008)
With the above guidance in mind, the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Port Moody is wishing to embark on a renewed campaign of Home Visits with the following specific goals and objectives in mind:
Strengthening bonds of friendship;
Enhancing devotional character of the community; and
Encouraging active participation in Baha’i community life, including Feasts, Holy Days and Funds of the Faith.
Please expect a call from a member of the Port Moody Assembly to schedule a home visit with you over the next few weeks.
Message From Your National Spiritual Assembly
Dear Bahá’í Friends,
We are very happy to share with you a copy of the National Spiritual Assembly’s message to the friends gathered at Canada’s unit conventions this coming weekend. In addition, we are attaching two background documents for the participants’ ease of reference: the 18 January 2019 message of the Universal House of Justice addressed to the Bahá’ís of the World, and the 6 April 2018 letter of the National Spiritual Assembly to the Bahá’ís of Canada. Kindly distribute these materials as widely as possible. We pray that the consultations at this year’s conventions will be focused and rich, and we look forward eagerly to hearing news of the friends’ deliberations.
With loving Bahá’í greetings,
Karen McKye, Secretary
Dear Bahá’í Friends,
As the Universal House of Justice noted in its message to the Bahá’ís of the world, Ridván 2018,
“The Faith’s standing in various spaces in which discourses unfold has been much enhanced by its official presence on the World Wide Web, a presence which has expanded considerably through the launch of numerous national Bahá’í websites and the further development of the family of sites associated with Bahai.org.” The National Spiritual Assembly is delighted to announce the relaunch of our official national website, with a new design and content, including pages that highlight the history and community in each of the regions. This new site is accessible at http://www.bahai.ca.
Similarly, the Canadian Bahá’í News Service website, managed by our Office of Public Affairs, has also been redesigned and may be accessed at http://www.news.bahai.ca, where the friends can subscribe to receive regular updates of news articles.
We invite you to visit both websites and share them with your friends and colleagues. Our Office of Public Affairs will welcome any comments, feedback or questions you may have at email@example.com.
With loving Bahá’í greetings,
Karen McKye, Secretary
Message from the Regional Schools Coordinating Committee
Thompson-Nicola (Interior) Bahá'í School will be held from Wednesday evening July 10th to noon on Sunday, July 14th, 2019 at the Dutch Lake Community Centre in Clearwater, BC. The theme of the school is "Following in the Footsteps of the Dawnbreakers". Presenters will be announced at a later date and Registration for the school will be available soon at http://bahaischools.org/ThompsonNicola/
There is no onsite camping available so book your accommodation well in advance at one of several campgrounds, hotels/motels or B&B's in the nearby area. For a list of hotels, motels, and B&B's go to: www.wellsgray.ca or https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotels-g182209-Clearwater_British_Columbia-Hotels.html
We hope to see you at our school this year -- please share this information with your community of interest in encouraging them to join us!
For questions or comments please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Loving Baha'i greetings,
Mary Jane (MJ) Oakes
on behalf of the Thompson Nicola Baha'i School coordinators
Message from the Universal House of Justice
Latest (January 18, 2019) message from the Universal House of Justice
The upcoming Unit Convention, which will be held on Saturday Feb. 09, 2019 at the Port Moody Recreation Complex, starts at 4:00 pm, includes dinner, and ends at around 9:00 pm.
Ballot papers will be mailed out to all following the Feast on Jan. 21.
Core Activities in Port Moody
Grade 1 run by Parham Ebrahimi
Saturdays at 10:30 am, rotating residences
Grade 2 run by Anusha Ahmadi
Sundays at 10:30 am, Anusha's home
Junior Youth Groups
Spirit of the Faith animated by Sahaab Moffedi and Hamed Mahdi (all JYs are from Coquitlam)
Walking the Straight Path animated by Dana Sabeti
Book 1, Amilia Noori
Book 3, Nouran Rahmanian
Book 4, Negin Etemadi
Book 5, Sourna Vafadary
Book 7, Elham Sabeti
Book 9, Yasha Khatamian
Book 9, Marina Seifi
Why Religion Is In The Spotlight Again
BAHA'I WORLD CENTRE, HAIFA, ISRAEL, 9 JANUARY 2019, (CBNS)
The accelerating movement of populations across borders, increasing religious diversity, growing interreligious tensions, sectarian violence, youth discontent and vulnerability to radicalization: these and other factors are combining to bring religion to the forefront of discourse in virtually every region of the world and on the international stage.
Bahá'í World Centre staffing needs
Dear Bahá'í Friends,
We have been asked to share with you the following message from the Office of Personnel at the Bahá'í World Center regarding opportunities to serve there. It is hoped that you will distribute it as widely as possible.
"As the vital work of the Cause unfolds in every part of the world, the effective functioning of the Bahá'í World Centre takes on added significance. The World Centre of the Faith—described by Shoghi Effendi as the "pivot of the agencies of the New World Order"—is supported by a flow of believers from a diversity of countries and occupations who arise selflessly to offer a period of service, of varying length, in the Holy Land. The staffing needs at the World Centre are continually changing in light of the evolving demands and resources. At any given time, there are roles to be filled which require particular competencies or specialized training, and others that simply require a readiness to learn about one's specific assignment. Due to the nature of service at the World Centre, the essential requirements include an ability to offer 12 months or more and a basic proficiency of English.
"Anyone interested in learning more about the possibility of offering a period of service at the World Centre is encouraged to contact the Office of Personnel at email@example.com. Offers of service can also be submitted directly at https://bahai.bwc.org/service/.
With loving Bahá'í greetings,
Joo Jong Kung, Secretary-Aide
For more international news, please visit https://news.bahai.org/
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