Baha'i Community of Port Moody

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  Month of Jalál/Glory 176 BE                                             April 9 – April 27, 2019                                                        Vol. 13, No. 2

The musician's art is among those arts worthy of the highest praise, and it moveth the hearts of all who grieve. Wherefore, O thou Shahnáz, play and sing out the holy words of God with wondrous tones in the gatherings of the friends, that the listener may be freed from chains of care and sorrow, and his soul may leap for joy and humble itself in prayer to the realm of Glory.

Abdu'l-Baha

Feast Information

Feast of Glory

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Time: 7:30 pm

Venue: Old Mill Boathouse

Topic of Consultation: TBD

 

Message From Your Local Spiritual Assembly

A Study of the Institution of Mashriqu'l-Adhkar

Dear friends,

 

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 yasha.khatamian@gmail.com 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

Address: 260 New Port Drive, Unit 211 (Buzzer 111) 

 

Location - Parviz and Simin (Rahmanys') 

Start Date: Thursday, February 21st
Time: 7:30PM

Frequency: Weekly

Address: 301 Capilano Rd, Unit 1607 (Buzzer 188)

 

Location - Pezhman and Anusha (Samimis')

Start Date: Saturday, March 2nd
Time: 7:30PM

Frequency: Monthly

Address: 641 Thurston Close

Home Visits

 

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)

 

Dear Friends;

 

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:

 

  1. Strengthening bonds of friendship;

  2. Enhancing devotional character of the community; and

  3. 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 Area Teaching Committee

Dear Friends,

 

As you are aware, bicentenary of Birth of the Báb is now just a few months away.  In collaboration with the Auxiliary Board member and Local Spiritual Assemblies of the Tri-Cities Cluster,  the Area Teaching Committee has arranged for a cluster-wide Teaching Conference to prepare the community to celebrate this special Holy Day and to “let the same all-consuming, all-surpassing love that spurred the Báb’s disciples to the diffusion of the divine light” inspire us to great deeds. May example of the lives of "the Báb’s intrepid followers, heroines and heroes whose faith was expressed in matchless, sacrificial acts that forever adorn the annals of the Cause" give courage to the entire community of the faithful to consecrate to the priceless opportunities and inescapable obligations this special period of potency offers. 

 

Date: Sunday, June 9th, 2019

 

Time: Doors open and registration starts at 9:00 am - Program: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

 

Venue: Executive Plaza Hotel 

          405 North Rd. 

                        Coquitlam, BC V3K 3V9

 

Friends are encouraged to use the following link to register as soon as possible to allow enough time for the organizers to arrange for logistics of the event based on the number of attendees: 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1dbMTBlqRe5edTnAhQ60sfa9IziLng8FE2r0Bwa--P7E

 

Deadline for registration is May 31st.  We eagerly look forward to seeing you all at this conference!

 

With loving Bahá’í greetings,

The Area Teaching Committee of the Tri-Cities Cluster

Dear Friends,

 

As you are aware, the bicentenary of Birth of the Báb is now just a few months away.  In collaboration with the Auxiliary Board member and Local Spiritual Assemblies of the Tri-Cities Cluster,  the Area Teaching Committee has arranged for a cluster-wide Teaching Conference to prepare the community to celebrate this special Holy Day and to “let the same all-consuming, all-surpassing love that spurred the Báb’s disciples to the diffusion of the divine light” inspire us to great deeds. May example of the lives of "the Báb’s intrepid followers, heroines and heroes whose faith was expressed in matchless, sacrificial acts that forever adorn the annals of the Cause" give courage to the entire community of the faithful to consecrate to the priceless opportunities and inescapable obligations this special period of potency offers. 

 

Date: Sunday, June 9th, 2019

 

Time: Doors open and registration starts at 9:00 am - Program: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

 

Venue: Executive Plaza Hotel, 405 North Rd. Coquitlam, BC V3K 3V9

 

Friends are encouraged to use the following link to register as soon as possible to allow enough time for the organizers to arrange for logistics of the event based on the number of attendees: 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1dbMTBlqRe5edTnAhQ60sfa9IziLng8FE2r0Bwa--P7E

 

Deadline for registration is May 31st.  We eagerly look forward to seeing you all at this conference!

 

With loving Bahá’í greetings,

The Area Teaching Committee of the Tri-Cities Cluster

Message From Your National Spiritual Assembly

ISGP 2019

Dear Bahá’í Friends,  
 
The National Spiritual Assembly is delighted to announce that the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity (ISGP) is now accepting applications for first-year participants in its 2019 seminar for Bahá’í undergraduate students from the above regions, to be held at Brentwood College on Vancouver Island, British Columbia from 15 to 25 August 2019. This seminar serves students from the provinces and territories noted above, as another will be held from 3 to 13 May at Louhelen Bahá’í School in Davison, Michigan, U.S. for students from the Atlantic Provinces, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nunavut. 
 
We would appreciate your assistance in distributing the attached announcement to the entire community, and particularly to Baha’is aged 17 to 25 who are entering their first or second year of university or college, lovingly encouraging them to participate. It is our hope that all youth will be made aware of the opportunity to participate in the programme. We also hope that parents will offer encouragement to their children to take part in a process that supports students through their challenging undergraduate years and develops capacity to be agents of social change.  
 
The fee of $590 to participate in the seminar includes food and accommodation, with the remainder of the actual costs of the seminar being subsidized by the National Assembly.  If youth who wish to participate are unable to afford this amount, they are urged to write to the ISGP coordinator in British Columbia at
isgp.bc@gmail.com to apply for assistance. As in past years, the National Assembly does not wish financial constraints to be an obstacle to anyone’s participation, and warmly encourages those who are not able to pay the entire amount to seek available assistance by contacting the coordinator.  
 
As noted in the attached announcement, interested youth should complete and submit the online application at
https://goo.gl/forms/ErAfS93sxa7yJtHG3 no later than 28 April 2019. Inquiries regarding the August 2019 seminar may also be addressed to isgp.bc@gmail.com. It is the National Assembly’s ardent hope that cohort after cohort of Canada’s youth will benefit from this programme, which has exerted such a powerful and transformative influence on its participants, and further, on the communities they serve. 
 
With loving Baha’i greetings,
Karen McKye, Secretary​

Group Visits to the Shrine in Montreal


Dear Bahá’í Friends,

We are delighted to advise you that the program of group visits to the Shrine in Montreal has now launched, with the first formally-registered group having visited in February from the Rundle neighbourhood in Alberta. The joy that these friends experienced and that they brought to the community in Montreal was a wonderful start to what we hope will become a regular feature of Canada’s spiritual life.

A team has been appointed to assist groups from neighbourhoods or clusters to coordinate visits to this sacred spot and become acquainted with the places that 'Abdu'l-Bahá visited during His stay in Canada. A website is under construction that will share information and offer the opportunity to register for such a group visit.  For the time being, those wishing to register to visit in a group should apply by email at 
montrealshrinegroups@gmail.com. Of course, individuals wishing to visit the Shrine may do so without registering during the regular hours that the Shrine is open, which can be found on the Canadian Bahá'í website at https://www.bahai.ca/bahai-shrine-in-montreal/.

We take this opportunity to remind you of the wonderful news received two years ago that the Holy Places at the Bahá'í World Centre had been made more accessible to a greater number and diversity of friends. For those unable to go to the World Centre, and those who can do both, it is the National Spiritual Assembly’s hope that wave upon wave of friends might take advantage of this opportunity to visit Montreal, becoming the means whereby, in the words of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, “the melody of the Kingdom may travel to all parts of the world from that Dominion and the breaths of the Holy Spirit may spread from that center to the East and the West of America.”

With loving Bahá’í greetings,
Karen McKye, Secretary

News of Community Properties Fund

Please click here to open the National Spiritual Assembly's message.

Opportunity to Observe 2019 National Convention

Dear Bahá’í Friends,

We are writing to seek your assistance in informing the friends of the opportunity to attend the 2019 National Convention as observers. The Convention will take place at the
Toronto Bahá’í Centre, 288 Bloor St. W., Toronto, Ontario from Friday, 26 April beginning at 7:00 p.m. to Monday, 29 April ending at 1:00 p.m. Observers will view the Convention consultation through an audio-visual link one floor above the Convention hall and will have an opportunity to interact directly with delegates during breaks in the proceedings.

All Bahá’ís in good standing who are able to attend on a self-supporting basis are welcome to register at 
https://goo.gl/forms/V0vtiuBvifSYNsLY2 no later than 11 April. Registrations will be accepted on a “first come, first served” basis. Further information is attached.

It may also be of interest to the friends to know that the National Spiritual Assembly again plans to offer access to National Convention deliberations through live-streaming over the internet.

With loving Bahá’í greetings,
Karen McKye, Secretary

Compilation on Prayer and Devotional Life

Dear Bahá’í Friends,

We are very happy to share with you the attached newly-released compilation on prayer and devotional life; kindly arrange for its wide distribution.  It is also available in the compilation section of the Bahá’í Reference Library.  A French version will be circulated as soon as one is available.

In its covering letter dated 28 February 2019, the Department of the Secretariat of the Universal House of Justice shared the following about this compilation:

“As the friends intensify their efforts to pursue the last Plan of the series of Plans that end in 2021, a year that marks the centenary of the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the inauguration of the Formative Age, signs of the enrichment of the devotional life of the community are manifest. Devotional activities are everywhere multiplying and are increasingly being integrated into the core of community life. To add further stimulus to this signal development and to help the friends take full advantage of the period of special potency during which the bicentennial anniversaries of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh and of the Báb are commemorated, the Universal House of Justice has directed us to enclose a compilation of extracts on prayer and devotional life drawn from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, the Báb, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and from the letters of the Guardian and the House of Justice.

“It is the hope of the House of Justice that this compilation, prepared by the Research Department at its request, will be studied widely and will be of assistance to individuals, families, and communities as they strive to evoke the spirit of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár in the creation of occasions where any soul may inhale the divine fragrances, experience the elevating power of prayer, and be drawn together with others in fellowship and common cause.”

With loving Bahá’í greetings,
Karen McKye, Secretary

 

Message from the Regional Schools Coordinating Committee

Dear Friends,

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: 
thompsonbs.bc@gmail.com


Loving Baha'i greetings,

Mary Jane (MJ) Oakes
on behalf of the Thompson Nicola Baha'i School coordinators

Planning Summer Schools - Call for Proposals

Please click the button below to read the Regional Schools Coordinating Committee's message to all Baha'is.

Message from the Universal House of Justice

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Latest (January 18, 2019) message from the Universal House of Justice

Announcements

Election of the Local Spiritual Assembly

The Election of your Local Spiritual Assembly will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2019 at the Old Mill Boathouse, and will start at 10:00 am.

The button below will open a document about the spiritual nature of the Baha'i election.

Persian Conference

 

The Fund

 

News

Core Activities in Port Moody

Children's Classes

  • 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

Study Circles

  • 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

Devotional Gatherings

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TORONTO, ONTARIO, 12 MARCH 2019, (CBNS)

On March 6th, the Baha’i Community of Canada’s Office of Public Affairs, together with the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs sponsored a seminar on religion and migration, which explored the various ways in which religious groups, immigration, and public opinion are interconnected.

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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 serve@bwc.org. Offers of service can also be submitted directly at https://bahai.bwc.org/service/.

With loving Bahá'í greetings,

Joo Jong Kung, Secretary-Aide

National Secreteriat"

 

International News

A Frank Look at the News and its Social Impact

A group of prominent Spanish journalists met recently to grapple with the news media’s impact on social cohesion and the rise of radicalization. The setting was a roundtable discussion on 15 March, organized by Spain’s Baha’i Office of Public Affairs at the King Juan Carlos University Center for University Studies.

For more international news, please visit https://news.bahai.org/

 

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