Baha'i Children's Classes
Children’s classes are offered to provide a means for developing positive attitudes and qualities that will lead to the children’s spiritual and character growth. The lessons promote qualities that require the children to think, reflect, and apply spiritual virtues to decisions in their lives. Great attention is given to the development of spiritual qualities and to those beliefs, habits, and behaviors that constitute the essential attributes of a well-rounded, happy child. The arts are used to enhance each activity and lesson.
The classes focus on developing morals, virtues, and other spiritual tools that the future citizens of this world will need to increase the process of building peace. The program is for children aged 5-11 and hosted in various community centers and participants' neighborhoods in over 200 countries around the world.
The program puts the learning into practice by using virtues, free play, crafts, music, and dance, as these are some of the ways we have found to be successful in building the capacity of every participant.
Please contact us for more information about children’s classes in Humboldt.
Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment
Early adolescence represents perhaps the most turbulent years of growing up. Yet those between the ages of 11 and 15 possess altruism, a sense of justice, eagerness to learn about the universe, and a desire to contribute to building a better world.
The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (JYSEP) assists youth ages 11-15 (junior youth) to navigate through a crucial stage of their lives so they may become empowered to direct their energy towards making positive contributions to their communities. The junior youth meet regularly with a trained teacher (animator) to study and discuss lessons created for the program, and engage in artistic, extracurricular, and small community service initiatives. The program offers them a platform to discuss and analyze both the constructive and destructive forces operating in society in order to become more aware of the influence these forces exert on their thoughts and actions.
Through this practice, these junior youth are able to exercise their individual perceptions, enhance their powers of expression, and reinforce positive moral practices that will serve them throughout their lives. Although the moral concepts are in alignment with the teachings of the Bahá'í Faith, the program's content is not religious in nature and has been designed for a diverse range of junior youth, thereby addressing the needs of the greater community.
Spiritual Study Circles
Study circle groups are typically small in number, to better facilitate conversation, and are held in homes and other social settings. Topics include prayer and devotion, family life, educating children, history of the Bahá’í Faith, and much more. They meet regularly, usually once a week, for a few hours at a time. These study sessions shy away from formally taught classes and, instead, foster a participatory method of learning. Led by a facilitator, the format of the courses encourage participants to engage in open dialogues about how to apply the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh in their own lives and communities.
The materials used in study circles have an emphasis on the Bahá'í writings as a means of finding a unity of vision and action by focusing on the fundamental elements of Bahá'í beliefs. The materials used are known as the Ruhi sequence of courses and have been used by communities worldwide for over 20 years. They were created in order to assist individuals in deepening their understanding of the Bahá'í writings, to exercise their spiritual perception, and to practice the skills necessary for carrying out the work of an ever-advancing civilization.
Countless people around the world, from a variety of religious and ethnic backgrounds, are engaged in Bahá’í study circles. Through the process of action, reflection, consultation, and accompaniment, these participants have become increasingly committed to the vision of individual and collective transformation, and to building the foundation for a global community centered on service and worship.
You are invited to join one of the many ongoing study circles in Humboldt.
Anyone can participate in, and even host these activities, whether or not you choose to become a Baha’i. We welcome you to find an activity near you.
Devotional gatherings offer an opportunity for community members to pray and consult together on the issues that concern them most. Bahá'ís believe that regular prayer and meditation result in a more balanced inner spiritual life. At these gatherings, prayers are selected from both the scriptures of the Bahá’í Faith, as well as other religious traditions. Musical presentations often play a pivotal role too.
These gatherings occur naturally in an environment where conversations about the spiritual aspects of human existence are present. The typical devotional format is comprised of reciting prayers, singing songs, playing music, and sharing passages from Bahá'í and other holy texts in a casual, yet reverent, setting. These gatherings foster unity among friends who are actively seeking to increase the fellowship and understanding between one another's diverse perspectives.
All are welcome to participate. The Bahá’í community regularly holds weekly and monthly devotionals in homes throughout Humboldt. Please let us know if you are interested in joining an ongoing devotional or having one at your home.
Simple, profound, and revolutionary, this community building process: