O Lord, shower upon them all the outpourings of Thy mercy, rain down upon them all the waters of Thy grace. Make them to grow as beauteous plants in the garden of heaven, and from the full and brimming clouds of Thy bestowals and out of the deep pools of Thine abounding grace make Thou this garden to flower, and keep it ever green and lustrous, ever fresh and shimmering and fair.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Do ye not look upon the beginning of the affairs; attach your hearts to the ends and results. The present period is like unto the sowing time. Undoubtedly it is impregnated with perils and difficulties, but in the future many a harvest shall be gathered and benefits and results will come apparent. When one considers the issue and the end, exhaustless joy and happiness will dawn.
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Believers, he added, must show their belief in their daily lives, so that the world might see the light shining in their faces. A bright and happy face cheers people on their way. If you are sad, and pass a child who is laughing, the child, seeing your sad face, will cease to laugh, not knowing why. If the day be dark, how much a gleam of sunshine is prized; so let believers wear smiling happy faces, gleaming like sunshine in the darkness. Let the Light of Truth and Honesty shine from them, so that all who behold them may know that their word in business or pleasure will be a word to trust and depend upon.
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School’s Out Washington is an intermediary agency which provides services and guidance for organizations to ensure all young people have safe places to learn and grow when not in school. School’s Out is dedicated to building community systems to support quality out-of-school time programs for Washington’s 5-18 year olds through training, advocacy and leadership. We were founded in 1987 and our history reflects the emergence and development of the afterschool and youth development (AYD) professional field. All along the way, we have played a key role in supporting AYD professionals and programs in their work. Our mission, vision and values reflect our deep commitment to the advancement of the AYD field, the individuals who work in the field, and the children, youth, families and communities served by the field.
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Monday, July 25, 2011
It was a great game that wasn’t decided until the very last seconds. Coach Charles said it may have been the closest, most exciting game the Invaders have ever played.
The Invaders players were disappointed certainly, but the other team seemed so subdued with their victory, like they realized the lucked out to get it, that it seemed the Invaders had won.
I shot video at the top of the tunnel to the locker room. The fans who had come all the way up to Edmonds to cheer on the team, cheered them in their loss. There was nothing to be sorry about. The team had done a great job. They could have tied the game on the last play. They could have gone to overtime. They could have won that. Could have. But it didn’t matter.
Being the team photographer for the Invaders has had a great impact on my life. First off, I have met 40 or 50 really great guys. I have been treated to some very exciting football, close-up and personal.
The time commitment of going to practices and games to shoot has caused me to change my routines, in some ways drastically. My blogging on Baha’i Views has decreased drastically. My trying to keep up with posting on Flickr of non-football photos I’ve taken has been a losing battle
I will be back to blogging again. I will be reflecting on what the experience has taught me over the months and years ahead.
My commitment to the Invaders/Tigers community continues. I look forward to serving it in whatever way I can.
There is the Invaders/Tigers devotional meeting to continue to support. There are children’s classes for the spiritual education of children to set up. There are junior youth animators for the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program to identify and get trained to serve the critically important 12-14 age range. There are study circles for the collective study of the Holy Writings that give meaning and purpose to our lives to set up.
Sports is a part of life, but it is not all there is to life. To participate in sports, to follow sports, adds to the quality of our lives, but the reason we are here on this planet encompasses so much more.
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Saturday, July 09, 2011
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Kushari, often transliterated as koshary, kosheri or koshari, (Egyptian Arabic: كشرى, [ˈkoʃæɾi]) is a popular traditional Egyptian national dish)
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Friday, July 08, 2011
when you pass by a garden wherein vegetable beds and plants, flowers and fragrant herbs are all combined so as to form a harmonious whole, this is an evidence that this plantation and this rose garden have been cultivated and arranged by the care of a perfect gardener
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O Thou kind Lord! Unite all. Let the religions agree and make the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family and the whole earth as one home. May they all live together in perfect harmony.
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Wednesday, July 06, 2011
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The Baha'i teachings and the life of Baha'u'llah resonate strongly in various cultures at particular times. About a decade ago, Guyana had the largest percentage of Baha'i population of any country. And Baha'is expect that efforts to reach out to neighborhoods around the world and share Baha'u'llah's teachings with people who formerly were strangers, will ultimately result in questions like yours that ask: "Why are there so many Baha'is in Phoenix, Arizona?" Or in Sakhalin Island? Or in Patagonia?
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Don't forget these valuable links on the Baha'i Teaching blog. -gw
- Anna's presentation flipbook double
- Anna's presentation flipbook single
- Anna's presentation in Persian
- Declaration & Registration Forms
- Deepening Themes and other materials
- Deepening themes flipbook double
- Deepening themes flipbook single
- Materials from Scottsdale (AZ 09)
- Materials in Braille, Audio-Books, etc.
- Tools and Materials
- Transforming Neighborhoods videos
- Accompaniment (3)
- Bahai Centers (9)
- Bahai Schools (6)
- Campus Activity (18)
- Capacity Building (4)
- Children's Classes (58)
- Cluster Coordination (85)
- Collective Teaching (64)
- Community Building (6)
- Community of Interest (119)
- Consolidation (84)
- Devotional Gatherings (31)
- Direct Teaching Methods (140)
- Enrollments (106)
- Home Visits (31)
- Homefront Pioneering (1)
- Human Resources (4)
- Intensive Programs of Growth (101)
- Junior Youth (31)
- Junior Youth Groups (30)
- Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (30)
- LSAs in the Plan (47)
- Neighborhood (6)
- New Technologies (1)
- Online Declaration (35)
- Outward Looking Orientation (78)
- Practices of Institute Courses (2)
- Receptive Population (2)
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- SED (5)
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- Teaching Teams (25)
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- Youth (48)
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On Postage Stamps in the Netherlands Depict Victims of Human Rights Abuses in Iran: Including Mrs. Sabet
A trained psychologist, Mrs. Sabet worked as a teacher and a principal at several schools. After the 1979 Islamic revolution, however, along with thousands of other Baha'i educators, she was fired from her job and barred from working in public education.
Mrs. Sabet has been incarcerated since 5 March 2008. She was the first to be arrested of a seven-member, national-level ad hoc group that helped attend to the needs of Iran's 300,000-strong Baha'i community. After an illegal 30-month detention, the seven were tried on trumped-up charges and each sentenced in August 2010 to 20 years in jail.
"In many ways, this stamp not only represents the seven leaders – and the other 90 or so Baha'i prisoners in Iran – but all who are victimized for standing up for their principles," said Ms. Maartens.
"At a time when the Iranian authorities are clamping down on community initiatives to educate young Baha'is who are banned from university, Mrs. Sabet - as a teacher, a mother and a Baha'i - symbolizes a commitment to education, and the right to freedom of religion for all."
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Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Sunday, July 03, 2011
A tempest, unprecedented in its violence, unpredictable in its course, catastrophic in its immediate effects, unimaginably glorious in its ultimate consequences, is at present sweeping the face of the earth. Its driving power is remorselessly gaining in range and momentum. Its cleansing force, however much undetected, is increasing with every passing day. Humanity, gripped in the clutches of its devastating power, is smitten by the evidences of its resistless fury. It can neither perceive its origin, nor probe its significance, nor discern its outcome. Bewildered, agonized and helpless, it watches this great and mighty wind of God invading the remotest and fairest regions of the earth, rocking its foundations, deranging its equilibrium, sundering its nations, disrupting the homes of its peoples, wasting its cities, driving into exile its kings, pulling down its bulwarks, uprooting its institutions, dimming its light, and harrowing up the souls of its inhabitants. 2
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Be unrestrained as the wind, while carrying the Message of Him Who hath caused the Dawn of Divine Guidance to break. Consider, how the wind, faithful to that which God hath ordained, bloweth upon all the regions of the earth, be they inhabited or desolate. Neither the sight of desolation, nor the evidences of prosperity, can either pain or please it. It bloweth in every direction, as bidden by its Creator. So should be every one that claimeth to be a lover of the one true God. It behoveth him to fix his gaze upon the fundamentals of His Faith, and to labor diligently for its propagation. Wholly for the sake of God he should proclaim His Message, and with that same spirit accept whatever response his words may evoke in his hearer. He who shall accept and believe, shall receive his reward; and he who shall turn away, shall receive none other than his own punishment.
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Friday, July 01, 2011
On Conquering the Summit: From which alone they can catch at glimpse of the future glory of their destiny
I entreat them, and plead as well with their older brethren who have set so momentous a Plan in motion, to arise as one soul, to exert one more superhuman effort, to fix steadily their gaze on the pinnacle they are visibly approaching and to disencumber themselves of any burden impeding their arduous climb, in a last and determined attempt to scale and conquer the summit, from which alone they can catch a glimpse of the future glory of their destiny.
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