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Bahá'ís engage in a variety of community-building activities to strengthen the spiritual, social and intellectual capacities of people to engage in meaningful service to their communities.
These activities are offered by Bahá'í communities around the world and they involve people of all ages and backgrounds, regardless of religion, who share a common purpose: to promote the welfare and wellbeing of the whole.
See more at building-community.ca
“Children are the most precious treasure a community can possess, for in them are the promise and guarantee of the future.” — The Universal House of Justice
Children's Classes for ages 6 – 11 nurture the tender hearts and minds of children through prayers and quotations, stories, songs, games, and art. These classes help draw out spiritual virtues which lay the foundation of a noble and upright character.
the junior youth
spiritual empowerment program
“...help young people form a strong moral identity in their early adolescent years and empower them to contribute to the well-being of their communities.” — The Universal House of Justice
Junior Youth Groups are for young people ages 11 to 15 and are designed to provide an environment of mutual support in which they can develop the spiritual perceptions, patterns of thought and behavior that will characterize them throughout their lives.
Read more about the way Bahá'ís think about this stage of life here
“Prayer and meditation are very important factors in deepening the spiritual life of the individual, but with them must go also action and example... both are essential.” — Shoghi Effendi
Devotional Gatherings are a time to come together in prayer to spiritually refresh ourselves and create bonds of unity and friendship. These circles, in addition to devotions at regular Bahá'í gatherings, often include music and uplifting prayers and Writings and are open to all.
Find out more about prayer here
“The stronger the ties of fellowship and solidarity amongst men, the greater will be the power of constructiveness and accomplishment in all the planes of human activity.” — ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Study Circles are formed to discuss topics on spiritual matters and strengthen our individual capacities to be of service to our communities. The Ruhi Institute materials allow for reflection on themes such as the power of prayer, life after death and the nature of the soul. Service to others is associated with each book.
Read more about this program here
Informal gatherings in homes to share and discuss the message and teachings of Bahá'u'lláh, the Prophet founder of the Bahá'í Faith.
Holy Day Gatherings
Opportunities to gather to commemorate the Bahá'í Holy Days throughout the year, often through prayer, music, service and fellowship.
The Hamilton Bahá'í Community implements various service projects to support local communities as well as our fellow nonprofit organizations.
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