Baha'i Community of Port Moody

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 Month of Kamál/Perfection 177 BE                                   August 1 – August 19, 2020                                         Vol. 14, No. 08

This is the century of the Blessed Perfection! This is the cycle of the light of His beauty! This is the consummate day of all the Prophets! These are the days of seed sowing. These are the days of tree planting. The bountiful bestowals of God are successive. He who sows a seed in this day will behold his reward in the fruits and harvest of the heavenly Kingdom...

'Abdu'l-Bahá

Feast Information

Feast of Words

Date: Friday, July 31, 2020

Time: 7:30 pm

Venue: Zoom (please check email for

neighborhood links)

 

Message From Your Local Spiritual Assembly

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 Bahá'ís of the U.S. (July 2020)

Dear Bahá’í Friends,

                                                                                            

On 22 July 2020, the Universal House of Justice addressed the attached letter to the Bahá’ís of the United States, and it is now also accessible on the Bahá’í Reference Library website. The National Spiritual Assembly and the Counsellors studied the message together this weekend and though we know that it has already been widely circulated, we wished to share it with you directly as well, and through you with all the friends. Please arrange for its widest possible distribution in your communities.  

 

The truths in this message about the nature of prejudice and how change is accomplished are as applicable to the Canadian context of cultural and racial prejudice as they are to conditions in our sister community of the United States. In its 10 July 2020 call for a devotional gathering in every household involved in the community-building work in Canada, the National Assembly noted that these spaces provide an opportunity for meaningful conversation. As the attached message so powerfully conveys, it is these intimate conversations between enkindled souls that release the powers of love, “create new susceptibilities in human hearts, open minds to moral persuasion, and loosen the hold of biased norms and social systems so that they can gradually take on a new form in keeping with the requirements of humanity’s age of maturity. You are channels for this divine love; let it flow through you to all who cross your path. Infuse it into every neighborhood and social space in which you move to build capacity to canalize the society-building power of Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation. There can be no rest until the destined outcome is achieved.” 

 

This herculean effort, placed in the context of the framework of the Plan by the House of Justice’s letter, is already underway. Thrilling news has reached us of the widespread, immediate response to the call for a new wave of prayer and meaningful conversation that draws thousands into the community-building work, fuelled by the empowering instrument of the training institute. We urge the friends — individually, in their families and among groups of friends — to study the 22 July letter and allow it to enrich every aspect of the mighty endeavour before us in this “final year, of the final Plan, in a series spanning the final quarter of the opening century of the Formative Age”.[1]  The National Assembly’s prayers surround them.  



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

Virtual Summer Camps and Summer Schools

Summer Camp for Junior Youth

To those friends residing in the Tri-Cities cluster:

 

Dear Friends,

 

We are happy to announce we are having our first camp of the summer for junior youth this month! Due to the current health situation, we will be hosting the camp mainly on Zoom with individual complementary activities done at home and in the junior youth's local neighborhood. 

 

The camp is designed for 11 to 14 years old, and will be open to anyone in the Tri-Cities Cluster.  We will be studying sections of the new junior youth text titled 'Habits of an Orderly Mind'. 

 

Date & Time: July 29, 30 and 31st from 1 to 4 pm.

 

The registration link for the camp is provided below: 

https://forms.gle/3HmfSUcenVQBwSK27

 

We are looking forward to seeing all the junior youth at the camp! 

 

With loving greetings,

 

Marjan Kamali

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

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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 11:00 am​, on Zoom

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

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, 24 JULY 2020

A group of friends in Vancouver has been organizing a series of seminars with youth to learn how music and lyrics can promote uplifting concepts that foster a desire to contribute to the betterment of the world.

 

This project’s name is Media for Transformation and it takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia. The group has organized five seminars to date. In each seminar they meet for two consecutive weekends where they carry out sessions to study text, write lyrics and music, and produce original songs aimed at adolescent and youth populations.

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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

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After a recent series of tragic events, public calls for an end to violence against women have intensified in Papua New Guinea. The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the country have issued a statement on the equality of women and men, speaking to a global concern that has been exacerbated during the pandemic.

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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