Baha'i Community of Port Moody

Newsletter

 Month of Rahmat/Mercy 177 BE                                           June 24 – July 12, 2020                                               Vol. 14, No. 06

... O ye people! Do ye flee from the mercy of God after it has encompassed the existent things created between the heavens and earths? Beware lest ye prefer your own selves before the mercy of God, and deprive not yourselves thereof! Verily, whosoever turneth away therefrom will be in great loss...

Bahá'u'lláh

Feast Information

Feast of Mercy

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Time: 7:30 pm

Venue: Zoom (please check email for

neighborhood links)

 

Message From Your Local Spiritual Assembly

Upcoming Teaching Conference

Please click here to read the letter from the Local Spiritual Assembly about the conference on Sunday, June 28, 2020 on Zoom.

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

Message from Universal House of Justice to NSA

Dear Bahá’í Friends,

The National Spiritual Assembly hastens to share with you the attached letter addressed by the Universal House of Justice to all National Spiritual Assemblies, received yesterday.  Within hours of its receipt the National Assembly convened to study the letter, grateful for the technology that makes this possible, and we commend the same swift attention to this weighty message on the part of institutions across the country.  We ask, too, that you arrange for its quick and wide distribution to the community for exploration by individuals, families, groups of friends serving together and communities.

We did not wish to wait to send you the letter until our three-day meeting next weekend with our beloved Counsellors, though there will undoubtedly be more that we will wish to share with you following that consultation.  In the meantime, and always, as questions and possibilities arise in your study of the message, we invite you to convey them to us, so that our own discussions are illumined by your experience and insight.

Our prayers for you, our treasured companions, are especially stirred by the assurance and hope expressed in the closing paragraph:  “Not a moment passes when you are not in our thoughts. All our trust and confidence in your capacity to face this challenge comes from our knowledge that your ultimate supporter and helper is the Abhá Beauty Himself. In our entreaties at the Sacred Threshold, we implore Him to make you pure channels for the flow of His grace to humankind.”

With loving Bahá’í greetings,
NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY
OF THE BAHÁ’ÍS OF CANADA
Karen McKye, Secretary

Results of Election of National Spiritual Assembly

 

Dear Bahá’í Friends,

It is with joy and gratitude to Bahá’u’lláh for His unfailing assistance that we share the results of the election of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Canada this year, under circumstances that may well never be repeated.  Since the Convention had to be cancelled owing to public health guidelines related to the current health crisis, delegates mailed in their ballots or made arrangements to phone them in, safeguarding the confidentiality of the voting process and achieving 100% participation.

The names of those called to serve on the National Spiritual Assembly for the coming year are, in alphabetical order:  Mehran Anvari, Deloria Bighorn, Zelalem Bimrew Kasse, Hoda Farahmandpour, Gerald Filson, Judy Filson, Ciprian Jauca, Karen McKye and Elizabeth Wright.

With loving Bahá’í greetings,
NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY
OF THE BAHÁ’ÍS OF CANADA
Karen McKye, Secretary

 

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 Schools Coordinating Committee

Virtual Summer School in British Columbia

Dearest Friends:

 

Certainly these times come with new challenges and opportunities in every area of our community life! That said, due to the current health crisis, we write to inform you we must cancel all three physical summer schools for the 2020 season. Thompson Nicola, Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island schools will no longer be able to occur as previously advertised.

 

However, studying the March 16th letter from our National Spiritual Assembly and the Naw Ruz letter from the Universal House of Justice inspired us to consider creative ways to still offer a summer school experience; to provide an opportunity for a unique space in support of your work for the Plan, where whole families can sweeten their days through connecting with the Teachings we so love. 

 

We're excited to share a Virtual Summer School is being organized through the combined efforts of members from all three schools' volunteer Coordinating teams! Our common goal is to deliver a multi-platformed and engaging online school in late July or early August based on the theme: Following in the Footsteps of 'Abdu'l-Bahá. Be sure to visit the Baha'i Schools website (link below) and BC Baha'i Schools Facebook page for updates in the weeks to come as we prepare to share the new program. 

 

We enthusiastically invite each of you to plan to 'come to summer school' with your family and friends! Please share this news broadly across your community with every soul who might wish to partake of its fruit.

 

With loving greetings,

 

Regional Schools Coordinating Committee

(A Committee of the Baha'i Council of British Columbia) 

 

Jackie Enfield, Secretary  

rscc@bc.bahai.ca 

www.bahaischools.org

Message From The Regional Baha'i Council

Fund Contribution Highlights

Dear Bahá’í Friends,

 

With most loving greetings to every member of the Community of the Greatest Name residing in British Columbia.  At this time of observing the King of Festivals, the Bahá’í Council wholeheartedly urges every believer to study the Ridván Message from the Universal House of Justice, along with the call to action during this special holy period from our beloved National Spiritual Assembly.  

 

As we near the end of the regional fiscal year, we wish to share a few highlights of funds contributed from the friends in British Columbia:

 

Earmarked Contributions                                                              $ 2,518,939.76

    Construction of the Shrine of 'Abdu'l-Bahá                              $ 743,650.14

    The Regional Bahá’í Council                                                      $ 411,753.84

    Deputization (for the youth service strategy)                           $ 214,740.42 

    Cluster Support                                                                          $ 50,290.61

Major Expense Categories

    Training Institute-related operations                                       ($ 205,300)

    Deputization (for the youth service strategy)                          ($ 232,721)

    Cluster Support                                                                         ($ 81,201.73)

 

We celebrate, too, the many, sacrificial efforts of friends and communities responding to the demands of growth: in giving their time, providing nourishment, transportation and materials, opening their homes to name a few.  And, that local institutions and agencies continue as channels for the wise allocation of resources supporting growth at the local and cluster levels.

 

Aware that many believers are carefully evaluating their economic circumstances due to conditions imposed by COVID-19, we tenderly draw your attention to the essential need to safeguard the Lifeblood of the Cause – the Funds of the Faith – without which the progress of the Cause will surely be hampered.

 

In this spirit, we are pleased to share three additional documents: annual reports prepared by the Bahá’í Council and Institute Board of BC and Yukon for the National Assembly, and a report from the Institute Board about the flow of funds that support development of the training institute.

 

Dearly loved friends, the Bahá’í Council has each soul in its ardent prayers that Bahá'u'lláh may surround the believers and the friends of God with His Mighty wings of salvation and protection.  In all things, we invite your creative endeavour under every circumstance to persist and press on in ensuring that the Faith of God has both the spiritual and material means that it will need for welcoming the masses into its wide embrace.

 

With loving Bahá’í greetings,

Bahá’í Council of British Columbia

 

Susan Ardekany, Secretary

Vancouver Baha'i Bookstore Update

Dear Friends,

 

In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19 and concern for the health and well-being of the staff and customers, the Vancouver Bahá’í Bookstore is closed until further notice. Bookstore orders will still be accepted by the Bookstore Manager via e-mail at: bahaibook@gmail.com with payment and pick-up being arranged accordingly. This will allow for online core activities and deepening to continue to gain momentum, particularly during this upcoming expansion phase. 

With loving Bahá’í greetings,

 

Sarvenaz Amanat, Secretary
The Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Vancouver

Message from the Universal House of Justice

CLICK HERE TO READ

Latest (May 2020) message 

 

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 3, Nouran Rahmanian

  • Book 5, Sourna Vafadary

  • Book 7, Elham Sabeti

  • Book 8 Unit 2, Negin Etemadi

  • Book 9, Yasha Khatamian

  • Book 9 Unit 2, Bahram Gustaspi

Devotional Gatherings

TORONTO, ONTARIO, 14 MAY 2020

When schools closed in mid-March, the team behind the Illumine Media Project began to think about how they could nurture meaningful conversations among adolescent-aged youth. They quickly began to organize online screenings of episodes in their series, “How We Grow,” followed by facilitated discussion about the themes of the episodes.

 

It was produced in a collaborative, community-based process that engages young people in creating narratives and media reflective of their social reality and spiritual aspirations. The project is inspired by the teachings and principles of the Baha’i Faith. 

Read More

 

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

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Limited web accessibility in certain regions of the world has not prevented some educators from continuing with formal schooling during the pandemic. Baha’i-inspired community schools in such places have found creative ways of adapting to present circumstances and serving their students’ educational needs.

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!

 

Contact Info

 

Cluster Agencies

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