Baha'i Community of Port Moody
Month of Speech/Qawl 175 BE Nov 23 – Dec 11, 2018 Vol. 12, No. 14
Inside this issue:
Be kind in truth, not only in appearance and outwardly. Every soul of the friends of God must concentrate his mind on this, that he may manifest the mercy of God and the bounty of the Forgiving One.
Feast of Speech
Date: Friday, Nov 23, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Consultation: Institution of Mashriqu’l-Adhkar and the guidance from the Universal House of Justice, dated September 2017
Message From Your Local Spiritual Assembly
A Study of the Institution of Mashriqu'l-Adhkar
The Assembly is pleased to inform the community of opportunities over the next few months to undertake a study, at the neighbourhood level, of a compilation on the Institution of Mashriqu'l-Adhkar, recently made available by the Universal House of Justice, accessible at the following link: https://www.bahai.org/library/
The Assembly is grateful to Mr. Yasha Khatamian, who has kindly agreed to assist in coordinating three deepening sessions on this document in the three neighborhoods in Port Moody.
More information will be shared as details become available.
Please click here for the statement prepared by the Research Department of the Universal House of Justice.
Please click here for the compilation of extracts from the Writings.
Guidance Pertaining to Intoxicants
The Assembly is pleased to share the following guidance from the Writings of the Faith in response to recommendations made at the last feast in light of recent regulations relating to cannabis—please click here to download and read the file.
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)
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:
Strengthening bonds of friendship;
Enhancing devotional character of the community; and
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
The Area Teaching Committee is delighted to invite all current and potential devotional hosts to the following meeting arranged to reflect on the progress of devotional gatherings in Port Moody and to make collective and individual plans:
Date: Sunday, December 2nd
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Rahmanian Residence
Address: 112 Eagle Pass, Port Moody
With loving regards,
THE AREA TEACHING COMMITTEE OF THE TRI-CITIES
Click here to receive your invitation.
Message From Your Huquq'u'llah Representative
Thank you to your community for giving me the opportunity to present on the Right of God. In response to the question raised at the Feast of Knowledge, the following excerpt from Baha’i Canada has been made available for you.
Please call me at (604) 808-0392 if you have any questions. There are deepening classes available on Huquq’u’llah and the Provision in a Will if you would like to arrange for your own devotional/deepening.
Tri-Cities Huquq Representative
Message From Your National Spiritual Assembly
Dear Bahá’í Friends,
It is with joy that we share with you the attached message dated 9 November 2018 from the Universal House of Justice to the Bahá’ís of the World announcing the establishment of the Bahá’í International Development Organization. Kindly arrange for its distribution to all the friends.
With loving Bahá’í greetings,
Karen McKye, Secretary
Core Activities in Port Moody
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
Book 1, Amilia Noori
Book 3, Nouran Rahmanian
Book 5, Sourna Vafadary
Book 7, Elham Sabeti
Book 9, Yasha Khatamian
Book 9, Marina Seifi
Book 10, Behnam Etemadi
Celebration of Baha'i "Twin Holy Days" brings joy across Canada
TORONTO, 13 NOVEMBER 2018, (CBNS)
"Learning about Baha'u'llah has brought a calmness to my life, a peacefulness that I didn't have before," said Keisha Gayle, a mother of four from Toronto.
Deepening Classes by Dr. Mohammad Hosseini
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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