Baha'i Community of Port Moody

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 Month of Honour/Sharaf 177 BE                                   December 31 – January 18, 2020                                      Vol. 14, No. 16

Thou art God's shadow on earth. Strive, therefore, to act in such a manner as befitteth so eminent, so august a station. If thou dost depart from following the things We have caused to descend upon thee and taught thee, thou wilt, assuredly, be derogating from that great and priceless honor.

Bahá'u'lláh

Feast Information

Feast of Honour

Date: Friday, Dec 30, 2020

Time: 7:30 pm

Venue: Zoom (please check email for link)

 

Message From Your Local Spiritual Assembly

Invitation to the Weekend Workshop on Wills and the Right of God - January 23 & 24, 2021 (from 10 AM-1 PM)

 

Dear friends,

 

Please see below message from the Regional Baha'i Council of British Columbia with information about an upcoming workshop on Wills and the Right of God.

 

Thank you,

The Local Spiritual Assembly

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Dear Bahá'í Friends,

 

The Bahá'í Council is very happy to forward this invitation to you on behalf of the Institution of Huqúqu'lláh. We hope that you will disseminate this information widely via your Feasts and newsletters, so that all the believers in our region are able to benefit from participating in this important workshop which is taking place on January 23 & 24, 2021.

 

Details about registration for this online workshop are below. Kindly direct the friends to email any questions they may have about registration to: BCYK.huquq@gmail.com

 

With loving Bahá’í greetings,

Bahá’í Council of British Columbia

>>> Please click here to register. Registration closes Friday, January 22 at 4:00 PM

Officers Elected by LSA for 2020-2021

Chair: Bahram Gustaspi

Vice Chair: Anusha Ahmadi

Treasurer: Yasha Khatamian

Secretary: Ramin Seifi

Photo of Last LSA Meeting Before COVID-19 Mandatory Social Distancing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020-21 Feast and Holy Day Schedule

Kindly review the attached schedule for our community's Feasts and Holy Days for the coming year, and consider offering your home to host, or otherwise assisting in anyway you may be able to.   

 

If you have any questions about the neighbourhood feast you should attend, or have any other questions, comments or concerns, please contact the Assembly Secretary at 604-340-5266.

With loving greetings,

The Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Port Moody

Message From Your National Spiritual Assembly

Suspension of Pilgrimage and Brief Visits to the Holy Land


Dear Bahá'í Friends,

We are writing to share with you a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to all National Spiritual Assemblies dated 12 March 2020 regarding the suspension of pilgrimage and brief visits to the Holy Land.

The Universal House of Justice has been following closely the evolving global health crisis caused by the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and for some time the Department of Pilgrimage has been advising prospective pilgrims and visitors about the rapidly changing restrictions being imposed on travellers by the government of Israel. The current situation and the escalating measures being taken by governments and airlines have now necessitated the suspension of pilgrimage and brief visits to the Holy Land until such time as circumstances permit them to resume.

The House of Justice regrets that many friends who were planning to visit the World Centre of the Cause will be affected by this suspension, but it hopes that they will, before long, be able to fulfil their hearts' desire.

Kindly assure the friends in your communities of the supplications of the House of Justice at the Sacred Threshold that Bahá'u'lláh's unfailing assistance and strengthening grace may surround them as well as their compatriots and that all those affected by this outbreak may be sheltered beneath the canopy of His watchful care.

With loving Bahá'í greetings,
Karen McKye, Secretary

Travel Advisory for Iran

Dear Bahá’í Friends,

Federal government officials have asked for our assistance in disseminating the following information, published on 
travel.gc.ca, to Canadian Bahá’ís of Iranian origin. At the present time, individuals are advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Iran, one reason for which is the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in that country. The website also recommends that travellers currently in Iran who plan to return to Canada should make every effort to do so by commercial means while it is still possible, “as it is becoming increasingly difficult to leave the country. Many airlines have suspended or reduced flights to and from Iran”. Additional information is available and updated frequently at https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/iran#entryexit and https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/217.

We are confident that the friends are already conscious of the special risks that such travel has always held for them as Bahá’ís and are well aware of the current situation.  Nonetheless, we seek your assistance in distributing this letter to your communities, to ensure that it reaches the Persian friends without delay.

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 Baha'i Council

Passing of Mr. Abdollah Sabet

Dear friends and loved ones,

With great sorrow and heavy hearts, the Sabet family announces the passing of our beloved Abdollah Sabet.

We ask for prayers for the exaltation and progress of his precious soul throughout the divine worlds and find solace in the belief that he is now reunited with his wife Mahin and his parents, brothers, and sisters. 

Per Abdollah's wishes, there will be a grave side service and burial according to the tenets of the Baháʼí Faith. Plans for memorial services and celebrations of Abdollah’s life are underway and shall be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Canadian Red Cross, 
www.redcross.ca.

With loving Bahá’í regards,
The Sabet family

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National News

CANADA, 15 DECEMBER 2020

“Of course you don't have the right to go to university; you are a Baha’i.” That is what Tolou Golkar was told by an Iranian official, after she was arrested and interrogated for her involvement in the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE). BIHE is an informal educational initiative of the Baha’i community in Iran, which aims to provide advanced education to Baha’is excluded from university because of their religion.

 

Ms. Golkar was speaking as part of a discussion hosted by the Baha’i Community of Canada’s Office of Public Affairs with the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights and Concordia University’s Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies in commemoration of Human Rights Day. She is now a Ph.D. student in Biochemistry at McGill University and a member of the Affiliated Global Faculty of BIHE. 

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International News

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This month marks ten years since the series of events that set off revolutionary change in Tunisia. As Tunisians reflect on what has transpired since then, conversations nationwide are focused on the country’s future. As a contribution to these discussions, the Bahá’ís of the country recently hosted a gathering, coinciding with UN Human Rights Day, to explore new conceptions of citizenship.

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

 

Calendar

Until further notice, all Feasts will be held via Zoom. Please keep an eye out for emails from the Local Spiritual Assembly for further information as each Feast approaches.

 

Thank you!

 

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