Last night George from the Social Action Desk at the Baha'i National Center came to town. He met with a humble group of friends in Lisa's home in Salishan who (hopefully) met the criteria described above to talk about the Institute Process as it relates to social action. Here is video of some of that conversation (not in HD). -gwLooking for someone who ...
- Is actively engaged in the process of growth
- Has experience in being "drawn into the life of society", perhaps through regular home visits and other activities in the neighborhood in which they are serving
- Is thinking in a relatively integrated and coherent way about the process of growth (for example the interconnection and relationship of core activities to each other)
- Has a posture of continuous learning
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The Bab introduced a new calendar, known now as the Badi or Baha'i calendar (see notes 27 and 147). According to this calendar, a day is the period from sunset to sunset. In the Bayan, the Bab ordained the month of `Ala to be the month of fasting, decreed that the day of Naw-Ruz should mark the termination of that period, and designated Naw-Ruz as the Day of God. Baha'u'llah confirms the Badi calendar wherein Naw-Ruz is designated as a feast. ...
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Thou didst write as to the question of spiritual discoveries. The spirit of man is a circumambient power that encompasseth the realities of all things. Whatsoever thou dost see about thee—wondrous products of human workmanship, inventions, discoveries and like evidences—each one of these was once a secret hidden away in the realm of the unknown. The human spirit laid that secret bare, and drew it forth from the unseen into the visible world. There is, for example, the power of steam, and photography and the phonograph, and wireless telegraphy, and advances in mathematics: each and every one of these was once a mystery, a closely guarded secret, yet the human spirit unravelled these secrets and brought them out of the invisible into the light of day. Thus is it clear that the human spirit is an all-encompassing power that exerteth its dominion over the inner essences of all created things, uncovering the well kept mysteries of the phenomenal world.
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On the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program Comes to Pierce County: Youth become builders of unity and champions of justice
service to the communityThe primary purpose of a junior youth groupis to serve as an environment of mutual support for its members, youth ranging in age from 12 to 14; one in which the spiritual perception, patterns of thought and behavior, as well as the necessary language can be developed so as to enable these youth to become builders of unity and champions of justice in their own neighborhoods and communities.Each group centers around the study of materialswhich have been developed, piloted and adopted in junior youth groups around the globe. Their relevance goes beyond cultural or religious boundaries, and they seek to help junior youth develop an intellectual and spiritual framework with which to approach their path in life. While central to any Junior Youth Group, study also only takes up a small portion of the time junior youth spend together.
The concepts, attitudes, qualities, and skills considered and discussed in the materials are immediately put into action through
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Monday, March 28, 2011
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Sunday, March 27, 2011
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Friday, March 25, 2011
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Thursday, March 24, 2011
Ain’t no big dog, Coming to bite you"Big Dog," Lyle Lovett
Ain’t no bad man, Coming to find you
Just rest easy, We'll be home soon
And you'll be sleeping, In your own room
Don't you worry little one
Don't you worry little one
Everything is going to be all right In the morning lightMama loves you, Daddy does too
Grandma wants you, After schools through
You just be cool
And rest easy
'Cause you're the king of All that you see
So don't you worry little one
Don't you worry little one
Everything is going to be all right In the morning light
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Put yourself in the shoes of the late Mrs. Ashraf Khanjani and walk in them for a mile to understand what has befallen her family and how she has been a constant source of perseverance and resolve. Any fair-minded observer would think that after losing a brother to execution at the hands the Islamic government and the appointing of her husband to the group of Yárán, which itself caused the family much anguish and harassment over the next three decades with multiple summons to the Ministry of Intelligence and prison visits, she would have caved in and demanded that her family “cool it”, so to speak, and decrease their Bahá'í activities, so as to not be in spotlight or constantly on the radar of the authorities, with her home functioning as a “crime scene” frequented by intelligence agents. Rather, she raised her children as active members of the Bahá'í religion and they went on to have children of their own, all of whom, despite seeing the “disadvantages” of membership in the Bahá'í community such as their parents’ and grandfather’s frequent summons and visits to the Iranian Revolutionary Courts and deprivation of jobs and education, chose to be active members of the Bahá'í community and have provided service to Iran, the country they hold sacred, as outstanding citizens.
It was my privilege to sit with Toby for an hour on his front steps. That guy is just a effulgent mirror of love. With all his grief, medical pain, and numerous other challenges, he just really lets it shine. He says they are going to take in two more kids. One of them is the half-sister of one of Toby’s granddaughters, but no blood relation to Toby. He seemed a little doubtful, so I assured Toby that he was a good son to his parents. OMG... How many people could have done a fraction of what he did? And with ten times the resources? Like he said today, “Everybody thinks their Mom is crazy. Mine was certifiable.” But he is missing her so much. I left there walking on air. Ya Baha’ul’Abha!
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call it good, this one is done .... Jamie http://www.flickr.com/photos/leicabokeh/
First month of the year on the 19 month Baha'i calendar, Baha is Arabic for 'Splendor' or 'Glory'. Kids, nature and a handful of adults come to mind ......
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Sunday there was a Cluster Reflection Meeting for the Tongatapu cluster of this whole main island. It was very well attended (they get 80-150 adults and youth and 30-40 children at it!) and I was so happy to learn that parents automatically bring their young ones to it even if they don’t know if a program has been arranged for the children – such a good reminder of family and children being central to the community and not isolating people instead!
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From: Northwest BahaiLibrary
President Obama mentions the Baha'i Faith in his Naw Ruz message 2011:http://www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse#p/u/0/QuTQGjfKtSA
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Sunday, March 20, 2011
In a little-discussed shift in recent years, the NFL has moved away from depicting its games in military terms. ... [T]he NFL no longer endorses using military terminology to describe its contests. ...
"It's a matter of common sense," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. ...
The same is true at NFL Films, an arm of the league that perpetuated for decades the image of football as controlled warfare by producing movies glorifying the game's violence with phrases like "linebacker search and destroy." In recent years the company's president, Steve Sabol, ordered all allusions to war be removed from its new films.
"I don't think you will ever see those references coming back," he said. "They won't be back in our scripts, certainly not in my lifetime."
The sport that once saw itself as the closest thing in athletics to the military no longer holds to this once-cherished notion.
"We're not going to fight no war, man," Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Nick Eason said during pregame festivities this past week before his team's clash tonight with the Arizona Cardinals. A direct contrast to Bernie Parrish, who played cornerback for the Cleveland Browns in the 1960s and said in a hotel lobby here: "We wanted to kill each other. It was mortal combat. We were warriors."
No one in the NFL is quite certain when the notion changed.
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Saturday, March 19, 2011
The unbelievers and the faithless have set their minds on four things: first, the shedding of blood; second, the burning of books; third, the shunning of the followers of other religions; fourth, the extermination of other communities and groups. (Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 91)
As we gather together at the above table of haft seen to usher in the Baha’i New Year; Naw-Ruz, we like to include the seven Sh (YARAN of IRAN) keeping them in our prayers. We think of them as our haft sheen or haft shir (seven lions of the divine courage and love).
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An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
any good thing to make us all merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.
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The original feed store and garden supply business, which was about 2,400 square feet, was owned and run by the Stroh family for more than six decades. The store has been a favorite of Gig Harbor gardeners and horse lovers for generations.
The Stroh family sold the business to Wilco last year, but still owns the land. Wilco will be the sole, long-term tenant of the property.
Wilco is the Northwest's largest and most sophisticated Ag Supply cooperative providing Agronomy, Petroleum, and Retail Store services
The breeze of the divine spring blew, and the fruitful winds of infinite generosity passed by from the point of favor. The brilliant morning dawned and the glad-tidings of the greatest gift were announced. The divine spring appeared throughout the contingent world. The earth of existence moved and the material world was put in motion. The barren and dried up soil turned into an eternal garden, and the inanimate earth was endowed with eternal life. The flowers and myrtles of knowledge grew, and the fresh herbage of the knowledge of God flourished. The material world showed forth the bounties of the Merciful, and the visible world displayed the scene of the invisible world. The call of God was raised, the divine banquet celebrated, the cup of the Testament was circulated and the universal acclamation was uttered!
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Friday, March 18, 2011
On Devotions Before Football Practice: Calling to our aid those spiritual forces upon which the efficacy of our individual and collective efforts depends
"With every sacrifice that is made, with every forward step that is taken along the toilsome and long road they are destined to tread, with every victory dearly and laboriously won by the champions, ... a measure of blessing from on high will undoubtedly be vouchsafed..." - Shoghi Effendi
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Subject: Prayers for Japan
Here is a devotional program for those suffering in Japan... Love, Marc & Farnoosh
“Let each morn be better than its eve and each morrow richer than its yesterday. " -Baha'u'llah
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Thursday, March 17, 2011
From: praveenSubject: Day 16 Reflectionsfyi
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
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Oh, it all began with just one little dance / But then it ended up a big romance / Blame it on the bossa nova / The dance of love / (Now was it the moon?)
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One concept that has taken hold of our cluster very recently, and focused our energy, is the idea that under the learning pyramid of study circles is another pyramid composed of the junior youth going through the spiritual empowerment curiculum. And furthermore, beneath those two pyramids lie the children’s class curriculum pyramid. This visualization, using three stacked triangles, has caused our cluster to focus primarily on increasing the foundation pyramids, especially when we took into consideration the percent of return of investment and the idea that families of the children naturally become involved with the process of growth.
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From: KCSubject: Baha'i songsUnique album to Hidden Word songs from a West Virginian mountain man, Greg Shaw.
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Monday, March 14, 2011
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Saturday, March 12, 2011
... become familiar with the myriad social spaces, beyond geographic ones, in which segments of the population come together and to offer them, to the extent possible, the wisdom enshrined in the teachings.
The December 28, 2010, Message from the Universal House of Justice
Baha'is work in neighborhoods to help spiritualize the planet through offering certain core activities that contribute to social cohesion and unity of purpose in a community. But as the quote above makes clear, Baha'is are called upon to look beyond the neighborhood to other "social spaces." One such social space in my town I have come to admire so much involves the young adults and children of all ages, together with their families and friends, who are affiliated with the Tacoma Invaders adult minor league football club and the UTYA (Upper Tacoma Youth Athletics) Tigers.
This blog is intended as a place to keep the posts I have done on Baha'i Views over the past several years which describe my efforts to get to know and to work with this football-loving extended family. I come to the work inspired by the Baha'i vision and look to support the development of four core activities as a vehicle for community-builiding: devotional meetings, Ruhi study circles, Baha'i children's classes and junior youth groups.
The posts here cover the steps along the way to my surprising involvement in the sport of football that all started with meeting on his very doorstep a football coach by the name of Charles. Who knows where my service will take me, but I'm thrilled with the continuing prospects for trying to be helpful. -gw
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A few of us in Halifax have started a project aimed at encouraging the junior youth to use the arts as a means of expression their views on justice and social change. You can find the project here: http://www.facebook.com/l/06105103QwOhRKNH2qcfVBP5UcQ/www.changebucket.org. - Emad
Change Bucket is inspired by the dual purpose of the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program; namely, that of forming strong moral identities and developing the power of expression in youth aged 12 to 15.
As junior youth are assisted “to navigate through a crucial stage of their lives and to become empowered to direct their energies toward the advancement of civilization,” the desire to serve, to make an impact on earth, and to articulate an inherent longing for justice becomes manifest. As established systems continue to disintegrate around us, a new generation committed to radical change and sustainable advancement has emerged. Parallel to this process we have witnessed the development of faster and more efficient communication mediums, and as a result, the individual is now more powerful than ever. The Junior Youth program shows us how to reconcile this power with a sense of social responsibility.
The purpose of Change Bucket is simple: to channel this emerging consciousness by provoking thoughtful reflection through the visual arts and writing.
Our first goal is simple, to obtain as many submissions from those between the ages of 12 and 15 as possible. What do you have to do? Simple, just take a photo, draw or paint a picture, write a story, a poem, or whatever you like and toss it into the Change Bucket. The second goal is to publish these works into a book that will be donated to community leaders, dignitaries, schools, and other public spaces.
In this way, Change Bucket hopes to provide the Junior Youth with an opportunity to serve through the power of expression.
To toss something into the Change Bucket, please visit the “submit” page where we have posted a few guidelines. We look forward to your contributions.
The Change Bucket Team
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On the Baha'i Month of Loftiness ... Ala: If only those pesky circles of confusion would just calm down
first month I've been off schedule, this is one that digs real deep ..... trying to balance a lofty g-d in the face of real hunger .... if there was ever a time for me to focus on the metaphors this would be it, no? and if only those pesky circles of confusion would just calm down ,,,,, Jamie
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
On She Works with the Likes of Jimmy Page and Michael Jackson's Guitarist: Her latest video, "Citizen of the World"
Cheng Lin ... currently working on her next album which will include
guitarists Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) and Orianthi (Michael Jackson's
guitarist). Her song "Only One Earth" was presented to Al Gore in in 2010 to use
in his climate change training program.Her website features her latest video, a collaboration with other
international singers: "Citizens of the World": www.chenglinmusic.cn/
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I beg of God that He may strengthen and solidify such connections between the friends (believers), so that the spiritual unity may become a manifest light and the earthly world may become a camping-place for the heavenly hosts.
O thou dear maid-servant of God! Be thou aglow and illumined and be thou enkindled in soul with the fire of the love of God in every assemblage. Be not quiet for a moment and do not seek composure even for an hour (i.e., be active in spreading the light). Be thou a cause for the illumining of hearts and spiritualizing of souls.
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Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
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