An Invitation to Core Activities
The Bahá’ís of Richmond wish to extend a warm invitation to our local neighbourhoods to join us in exploring Baha’i teachings through a series of activities, collectively called the “Core Activities”. These core activities have been developed over a number of decades and comprise the following:
- Devotional Meetings
- Study Circles
- Children’s Classes
“Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge, and the cave, and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island, and the meadow where mention of God hath been made, and His praise glorified.” –Bahá’u’lláh
Devotional meetings are open to Bahá’ís and non-Bahá’ís alike. Devotionals have a special power and significance in Bahá’í community life and are held in Richmond community on a regular basis. They provide a calm, spiritual atmosphere in which to share prayers and readings from the Holy Writings, and from other scriptures. For information on times and venues please get in touch through our contact page.
What is a Study Circle?
Study circles are an educational forum (also known as the “Ruhi Institute“) that facilitate a systematic study of the Baha’i writings and their application to our everyday lives. The Ruhi course books cover a series of universal themes such as the meaning of life, the nature of the human soul, life after death, morality, education of children…and much more. The most important aspect of all these activities is that they are conducted in a spirit of shared discovery and mutual learning.
A Study Circle is a group of people (usually between 6-10) who come together regularly to do three things:
What binds the group is their ties of love and friendship, their desire to discover more about spiritual life, and their eagerness to take part in some acts of service in the local community.
“Immerse yourselves in the ocean of My words, that ye may unravel its secrets, and discover all the pearls of wisdom that lie hid in its depths. –Bahá’u’lláh”
What does the group study?
At the present time, study circles are using a series of books called the Ruhi Institute. Right now there are seven books in the series. The first course that the group studies together is called “Reflections on the life of the Spirit”. It uses short, beautiful passages from the Baha’i writings to investigate basic spiritual ideas like reading sacred scripture, prayers and meditation, and life after death.
Do I need to be a Baha’i to join?
Not at all! Anyone can participate. The Baha’i approach to life is one of service to all humanity. Weekly immersion in even small portions of the Writings can have a powerful effect on a person whatever their background or religious beliefs.
Is there a teacher?
Not, in the normal sense. Every study circle has a ‘tutor’ (or ‘facilitator’). This person helps to guide the group through the course material at a good pace and using helpful methods. The participants in the course are known as collaborators.
What will I need to commit to?
A study circle will need to commit to meeting regularly in order to do the course properly. When the group meets, and how often, is for the group to decide. Like any other sort of learning, the study circle material builds ‘step by step’, and so it is important not to miss steps. A study circle has a spiritual discipline and flexibility – both are important. It also has games, music, activities – and a strong sense of unity.
Who makes all the decisions?
The group does, through consultation. It decides when and where to meet, common goals, group identity, how to serve, and ways of socialising together.
For information on current and future study classes taking places in Richmond Baha’i community please get in touch through our contact page.
Children’s Classes and Junior Youth
Childrens’ classes include a mixture of practical exercises, direct instruction, art and singing – and lots of fun and games!
A prayer for children from the Bahá’í writings:
“Thou kind Lord! These lovely children are the handiwork of the fingers of Thy might and the wondrous signs of Thy greatness. O God! Protect these children, graciously assist them to be educated and enable them to render service to the world of humanity. O God! These children are pearls, cause them to be nurtured within the shell of Thy loving-kindness. Thou art the Bountiful, the All-Loving.” –‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Youth are encouraged to develop a strong sense of purpose, empowering their own transformation and leading them to contribute to the advancement of society. Young people’s spiritual capacity, the basis for their own happiness and sense of well-being, is a powerful force for social change.
For more information on children and junior youth activities, please get in touch with us through our contact page: