Monday, May 24, 2010

On a Ruhi Baha'i Study Circle Intensive: Amidst orchids and objects of art

The term study circle has become common terminology in the Bahá'í Faith to describe a specific type of gathering for the study of the Bahá'í teachings, with an emphasis on "promoting the well-being of humanity."[1]

Study circles are a form of distance learning designed to systematically bring education about spiritual concepts to the grassroots level. Because they are intended to be sustainable and reproducible on a large scale, study circles shy away from formally taught classes, opting instead for participatory methods. They are usually led by a tutor whose role is not to act as an expert but rather to facilitate the rhythm and pace of the study circle. In this way, attendees of study circles are expected to become active participants in their own learning process.

Another foundational principle of study circles is a heavy emphasis on the Bahá'í writings as a means of finding unity of vision and action by focusing on the essentials of Bahá'í belief.

We drive to a home on a hillside for a day-long intensive. At the beginning of the morning we stand at about the half way mark in our book, but by the end of the day we only have 11 sections left, which we should be able to complete in about four more weeks. It looks like we'll be done by the end of June. That is our goal.
These pictures capture a bit of the ride to Sequim, the location for our intensive, the actual intensive sessions, the beauty of the home we are in with its orchids and objects of arts, and the sumptuous fare we enjoyed during our lunch and breaks. Thanks to our hosts. -gw

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