Baha'i Community of Port Moody

Newsletter

  Month of Mashiyyat/Will 176 BE                                September 27 – October 15, 2019                                   Vol. 13, No. 11

Verily I say, whatever is sent down from the heaven of the Will of God is the means for the establishment of order in the world and the instrument for promoting unity and fellowship among its peoples.

Bahá'u'lláh

Feast Information

Feast of Will

Date: Friday, Sept 27, 2019

Time: 7:30 pm

Venue: Old Mill Boathouse

 

Message From Your Local Spiritual Assembly

Decentralizing Community Feast - updated links

The Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Port Moody is pleased to announce that after extensive consultation and based on a number of considerations, including a review of the guidance of the Universal House of Justice from a message dated May 2009, it has arrived at the following decision:

 

To proceed with decentralizing our community feasts to three geographically-based neighbourhood feasts on a trial basis until at least the end of this year, with the first one of our decentralized feasts to be held in the 3 neighbourhoods of Heritage, Ioco/Inlet and Glenayre/College Heights will be the Feast of Names (Asma), scheduled to be held on Tuesday August 20, 2019.

 

In order to provide an opportunity for the entire community to still be able get together as one unified community, to share learning and ensure established relationships are nurtured  and maintained, every third (3rd) feast will continue to be centrally held at the Old Mill Boathouse.

 

The Assembly will be looking for community members to offer to host these neighbourhood level feasts and as such will be presenting the community with a "sign-up" sheet over the next couple of feasts (July 14 and Aug. 01), which are still to be held at the Boathouse, for consideration.

 

The schedule of the feasts for this year and a draft outline of the community members residing in each of the neighbourhods are attached.

 

With loving Baha'i greetings,

The Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Port Moody

 

 

 

 

Study on the Life of the Báb

Dear Friends,

In honour of the historic nature of the bicentennial of the birth of the Báb, we joyfully invite you to a monthly study session on the life of the beloved Herald of our Faith.

 

Details are in this short video. The sessions will be once a month on selected Thursdays.

 

The next session will be on:

Date: September 29, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (lunch provided!)

Venue: 1 Wilkes Creek Drive, Port Moody. B.C.

Hosted by: Sean, Rae & Shirin

 

Please email or call to confirm attendance (contact info in this short video).

Study material and refreshment will be provided.

 

Thank you and we look forward to seeing your radiant faces at the study session.

 

With much love,

The Segran Family

Message from Your Area Teaching Committee

Tri-Cities Youth Conference - October 5, 2019

Dearly loved Friends,

It is with tremendous joy that we share the announcement of a conference to be convened for youth between the ages of 15 to 30 on Saturday October 5th, 2019. The youth of our cluster are invited to examine the opportunities available to each one of them to make a contribution to the development of our communities.

To register for the conference, please click on the following link: 
https://2019registration.site/. Deadline for registration is Sunday September 29th; as there is limited space, please register at your earliest convenience.

With loving greetings,
The Area Teaching Committee

Message From Your National Spiritual Assembly

Shrine of Abdu’l-Bahá

Dear Bahá’í Friends,

The National Spiritual Assembly is delighted to share the following information from a letter of today’s date, written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice, about the design that has been approved for the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:

“The structure that is envisaged in the design seeks to honour ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s unique position as the Centre of the Covenant, and to reflect at once His lofty station and His humility.  It creates a space of immense sacredness, to which pilgrims and visitors will be drawn for the purpose of prayer and meditation.

“A brief video showing the design concept is being made available for viewing in connection with a news story on the website of the Bahá’í World News Service at 
http://www.bwns.org.

“Preparations to commence the construction work for this historic undertaking are already well advanced.  The House of Justice has every expectation that the unveiling of this design, which has been so eagerly anticipated since Riḍván, will bring tremendous joy to the friends and inspire them in all the efforts they are making for the progress of the Cause of God.”

Please ensure that the friends in your communities are advised of this joyous news.

With loving Bahá’í greetings,
Karen McKye, Secretary

List of Holy Days 2019-2020

Dear Bahá’í Friends,

We are pleased to share with you the attached list of Bahá’í Holy Days for the current school year and suggest that you share it with Bahá’í teachers, parents, students and others working with schools, as these dates are often indicated in School Board calendars that guide teachers with respect to examinations and other major school activities. The friends may wish to refer school authorities and employers to the Bahá’í Community of Canada’s official website www.ca.bahai.org which lists the Bahá’í Holy Days for 2019 and 2020 at www.bahai.ca/holy-days/. Further, our Office of Public Affairs would be happy to respond to any inquiries and may be reached by email at publicaffairs@bahai.ca or by phone at 905-889-8168.

With loving Bahá’í greetings,

Karen McKye, Secretary

Message to the Bahá’ís of Canada, September 7, 2019

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Launch of "The Bahá’í World" Website

Dear Bahá’í Friends,

 

We are pleased to share with you the attached letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to all National Spiritual Assemblies dated 23 May 2019 regarding the launch of the website “The Bahá’í World”.

With loving Bahá’í greetings,
Karen McKye, Secretary

Group Visits to the Shrine in Montreal


Dear Bahá’í Friends,

We are delighted to advise you that the program of group visits to the Shrine in Montreal has now launched, with the first formally-registered group having visited in February from the Rundle neighbourhood in Alberta. The joy that these friends experienced and that they brought to the community in Montreal was a wonderful start to what we hope will become a regular feature of Canada’s spiritual life.

A team has been appointed to assist groups from neighbourhoods or clusters to coordinate visits to this sacred spot and become acquainted with the places that 'Abdu'l-Bahá visited during His stay in Canada. A website is under construction that will share information and offer the opportunity to register for such a group visit.  For the time being, those wishing to register to visit in a group should apply by email at 
montrealshrinegroups@gmail.com. Of course, individuals wishing to visit the Shrine may do so without registering during the regular hours that the Shrine is open, which can be found on the Canadian Bahá'í website at https://www.bahai.ca/bahai-shrine-in-montreal/.

We take this opportunity to remind you of the wonderful news received two years ago that the Holy Places at the Bahá'í World Centre had been made more accessible to a greater number and diversity of friends. For those unable to go to the World Centre, and those who can do both, it is the National Spiritual Assembly’s hope that wave upon wave of friends might take advantage of this opportunity to visit Montreal, becoming the means whereby, in the words of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, “the melody of the Kingdom may travel to all parts of the world from that Dominion and the breaths of the Holy Spirit may spread from that center to the East and the West of America.”

With loving Bahá’í greetings,
Karen McKye, Secretary

News of Community Properties Fund

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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 Baha'i Council of British Columbia

Website for the Bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb

Dear Bahá’í Friends,

Further to our letter dated 4 September 2019 (ref. S99376) regarding resources for the bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb, we are pleased to share the following additional information from a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to all National Spiritual Assemblies dated 6 September 2019:

“As was the case two years ago, a section of the Bahai.org website will provide information about the events unfolding in various countries during the upcoming Twin Holy Days. This online portal, available in all the languages of Bahai.org—Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili—is now active, and it can be accessed by the friends at 
bicentenary.bahai.org. Some content related to the coming anniversary is already available on the site, and the film Dawn of the Light will be added by the end of September. During the hours when the believers and their friends will celebrate the Birth of the Báb and the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh throughout the world, the site will offer glimpses of activities in several locations, including live streaming of services held at Houses of Worship, that will be illustrative of the wide array of initiatives being undertaken in localities everywhere. It is hoped that before, during, and after the Holy Days, this website will serve as a valuable resource upon which the friends may draw for inspiration and encouragement.”

With loving Bahá’í greetings,
Karen McKye, Secretary

Eighteenth Harper Mountain Gathering 2019 - Updated Info

Dear friends,

 

As we expressed in the announcement sent out in July to friends and communities, it is with a sense of wonderment and humble gratitude that we prepare for the eighteenth annual Harper Mountain Gathering to be held in the Ski Lodge in a few short weeks. We also noted that the 200th anniversary of the Birth of the Bab occurs this fall and  that we join with friends around the world in honour of this sacred milestone and dedicate this year's gathering a tribute to the Herald of the Baha'i Faith.

 

The Harper programme includes daily prayer circle, sharing circle, stories, talks, consultation, arts presentations, action planning and time to enjoy conversation and meals together. 

 

So that we may all participate, we would like to again suggest to bring a short quote from the Writings relating to the Bab to share and perhaps express why you chose it  and what meaning it has for you.

 

A general outline with schedule of some highlights of the programme is as follows: 

Friday, 27 September from 2:00 – 9/9:30pm

Saturday, 28 September from 9:00am to 9/9:30pm

Sunday, 29 September from 9:00am to 2:00pm

 

Friday is a welcoming day and spiritual preparation for the consultations that follow.  We begin with a prayer circle and to further assist us a Pipe Ceremony follows the sharing of food Friday evening. Expressions of the spirit in music and artistic presentations follow Saturday’s programme of talks and consultations after the evening meal.  Sunday morning’s focus is haring possible individual and/or collective commitments of service. Sunday’s devotions are prepared and presented by the children and youth. Lunch is served before departure.

 

Programmes for children and junior youth are facilitated by dedicated, experienced teachers and assistants. Tents will be reserved solely for the youth activities. Children have their special space within the Lodge. Sunday mornings devotions are prepared and presented by the children and youth; a gift to warm the heart of all attending.

 

The Harper Mountain Gatherings do not have a registration fee and so expenses are covered by donations. In addition to earmarked funds, the friends donate handcrafted items and artworks for silent auction bids or raffle as a reciprocal way to contribute to the gathering including a special silent auction for children only. 

 

May we extend a special measure of love and effort to invite and support in whatever way we can Aboriginal friends, families and youth, as well as Elders we are privileged to know or have opportunity to work with.

For any further information please contact Gladys Anaquod at 403-871-1844 or email gladjnault@gmail.com and/or Noni Nault at 250-361-6218 and/or email noninault9@gmail.com.

 

All Our Relations

Harper Mountain Coordinating Team

 

Note: How to get to Harper Mountain and Accommodation

Harper Mountain is a beautiful alpine setting, a 25-minute drive from Kamloops. Take Highway 5 north (Jasper) out of Kamloops. It is a day lodge facility only and tents and campers are welcome. Space is available for those with bed rolls inside the lodge. There are very good washrooms inside but no shower. Travelling north, turn right at the intersection of Highway 5, Halston Avenue (on left) and Paul Lake Road (on right at the Husky Station). Follow the signs up the mountain, keep right all the way. After the Paul Lake condominiums, take the gravel road straight up the mountain to the Ski Lodge. Other accommodation for hotels, motels or bed and breakfast in Kamloops may be found on the web at www.kamloops.worldweb.com.

Passing of Mrs. Maryam Mehregani and Mehrangiz Behmardi

Dear Friends,

 

The Spiritual Assembly of Coquitlam has asked that the message below be forwarded to you.

 

Kindly join us in offering prayers for the progress of the radiant souls of these two devoted hand-maidens of the Cause of God and for the consolation of their dear family members.

 

With loving Bahá’í greetings,

Bahá’í Council of British Columbia

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Dearly loved friends,

With heavy hearts, we wish to share that both Mrs. Mehrangiz Behmardi and Mrs. Maryam Mehregani passed away to the Abha Kingdom on August 4th and September 3rd, respectively.  We, thus, plead for your continued prayers for the Mehregani, Behmardi, and Akhtarkhavari families during these very difficult times. In order to fully honour Mrs. Maryam Mehregani’s personal devotion and true longing, the family arranged for a small private burial at the Robinson Memorial Park cemetery.  The family has unanimously decided to further honour dear Maryam’s wishes and contribute the entire cost for holding a community-wide memorial gathering to the special Fund allocated for the construction of the Shrine of ‘Abdul-Bahá at the Holy Land. Knowing her true desire, we feel that this gesture will unquestionably lift and gladden their souls to the highest limits. For those who wish to amplify this act in memory and honour of Mrs. Mehregani and her beloved mother, Mrs. Behmardi, we humbly request that, if inclined, in lieu of sending flowers and/or other support, you also offer a contribution in their names to the fore mentioned Fund.

With continued love and prayers for the sanctity of their souls in the Abha Kingdom,
Mehrgani, Behmardi, and Akhtarkhvari families

Regional Victory!

Dearest Friends,

With joy and delight the Bahá'í Council is eager to share a brief update regarding our regional fund goal. For the month of August, 2019 our region contributed $314,293.65. to the Regional Branch of the National Fund. This results in a total of $578,504.01 for this year, so far. Please see the attached chart.

This is a great victory! If we continue to sustain and surpass this level of contribution, we will achieve our regional goal of 3.5 million dollars.

 

We cannot know what level of sacrifice each of you has made in offering these contributions to the Best Beloved, but we are certain our region will be showered with divine confirmations as we redouble our efforts to share the vision of Bahá'u'lláh with our friends, neighbours, co-workers and families.

With loving Bahá’í greetings,

Bahá’í Council of British Columbia

Letter to All Believers in British Columbia - Youth Activities

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Letter to All Believers in the Tri-Cities

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Letter To All Believers: Financial Goals

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Message From The Baha'i National Centre

Position Opening - Bahá’í Canada Assistant Editor

Dear Bahá’í Friends,
 
We would appreciate your assistance in making known to the friends in your communities of a recent opening for the position of Bahá’í Canada Assistant Editor at the Bahá’í National Centre.
 
Bahá’í Canada is a publication of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Canada. Through its website, Bahá’í Canada shares news, information and learning from across the country. Its magazine, set to be published quarterly, features analytical pieces on themes relevant to the learning objectives of the Bahá’í community. It is served by the Bahá’í Canada Committee, an agency of the National Spiritual Assembly, which sets the editorial direction and approves the content for the two publication outlets.
 
The Committee is currently looking for an individual to serve as an Assistant Editor for its two publications. This individual will support the work of the Managing Editor to share news, information and the experience of the Canadian Bahá’í community in a language and format that is accessible, inspiring and dignified to a diverse readership. Education and/or experience with writing and editing is essential, as is a strong knowledge of and personal experience with the framework for action of the current Five Year Plan. The Assistant Editor will have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of people and develop a range of skill sets and abilities. 
 
For more information about the role, please find enclosed the complete job description and its requirements.
 
Individuals who would like to apply are asked to kindly submit a cover letter and a copy of their resume to the National Spiritual Assembly at
officecoordinator@bahai.ca.
 
 
With loving Bahá’í greetings,
Office Coordinator, Bahá’í National Centre

Message from the Universal House of Justice

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Latest (Riḍván 2019) message from the Universal House of Justice

Announcements

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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

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BAHA'I WORLD CENTRE, ISRAEL, 24 SEPTEMBER 2019 (CBNS)

Dawn of the Light, a new feature film commissioned by the Universal House of Justice for the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Bab, was released today on the bicentenary website, bicentenary.bahai.org.

The film follows the personal search for truth and meaning undertaken by eight people from different parts of the world. Each one describes the journey to discovering that God has sent two Divine Manifestations for today, the Bab and Baha’u’llah, Who are revolutionizing human thought and behavior.

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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

The Universal House of Justice has today released the highly-anticipated design concept for the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Baha to all National Spiritual Assemblies.

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

 

Calendar

Note: Please refer to LSA's message about decentralization of Feasts

Cycles of Growth

 

Contact Info

 

Cluster Agencies

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