Baha'i Community of Port Moody

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 Month of Questions/Masa'il 177 BE                              December 12 – December 30, 2020                                 Vol. 14, No. 15

As the wayward of every age have failed to fathom the deeper import of these weighty and pregnant utterances, and imagined the answer of the Prophets of God to be irrelevant to the questions they asked them, they therefore have attributed ignorance and folly to those Essences of knowledge and understanding.

Bahá'u'lláh

Feast Information

Feast of Questions

Date: Friday, Dec 11, 2020

Time: 7:30 pm

Venue: Zoom (please check email for

neighborhood links)

 

Message From Your Local Spiritual Assembly

A Study Session on Baha'i Elections - Sunday, December 13

 

Dearly loved friends,

 

On behalf of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Port Moody, we are writing to inform you of an opportunity to review in some depth the Writings of the Faith, particularly from the Compilation by the Research Department of the Universal House of Justice regarding Baha'i Elections.   

 

The study session is scheduled for Sunday, December 13, 2020 starting at 11:00 am with the following details:

Topic: Baha'i Elections - A Study 

Date & Time: Sunday, Dec 13, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83358724984?pwd=ckdLZjF4b2p4b1RDZTNuaFIvNnV2Zz09

Meeting ID: 833 5872 4984

Passcode: 1844

 

You are encouraged to mark your calendar, although there will likely be a reminder closer to the scheduled date.

 

With loving greetings,

The 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

Membership of the Continental Boards of Counsellors

Dear Bahá’í Friends,

It is with joy that we convey to you a message of today’s date from the Universal House of Justice, addressed to the Bahá’ís of the World, announcing the appointment of Continental Counsellors for the next term beginning 25 November 2020.  We know that the entire Canadian community adds its grateful voice to the prayers assured by the House of Justice for those who have sacrificially served over the past term and are being relieved, as well as those who are called to serve for the next five years.

Please ensure that the House of Justice’s message is forwarded as widely and quickly as possible to all the friends.

With loving Bahá’í greetings,
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 Baha'i Council

Baha'i Council Election Results

 

Please click here to read.

Message from the Universal House of Justice

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Latest (July 2020) message 

 

The Fund

 

National News

CANADA, 8 DECEMBER 2020

On December 3rd, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined a dialogue with a diverse group of religious leaders from across Canada to talk about the contribution of faith communities in the context of the pandemic.

 

“I have been proud of our fellow Canadians to make it through this pandemic, but we have seen countless examples of stepping up, helping out, and contributing to their communities,” said the Prime Minister.

Read More

 
 

International News

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Less than two months since the groundbreaking for the national Bahá’í House of Worship in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, excavation is complete for the main ring of the edifice’s foundations.

In Matunda Soy, Kenya, con-struction of the local House of Worship has continued in spite of heavy rains and other difficulties.

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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