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 SANTA FE BAHA'I COMMUNITY HEADLINE

Join the Bahai痴 of Santa Fe as we develop our spiritual lives and serve the city
  505-982-3788
Santa Fe Baha'i email  santafebahai@gmail.com

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 santa fe baha'i devotional

            Prayer and meditation are food for the soul


            santa fe baha'i flowers and prayer


Bah癇 devotional gatherings are a time for people of all faiths and backgrounds to come together to share prayers in a dynamic and sacred atmosphere. Often held in homes or neighborhood centers, prayer meetings are free and open to all.


Devotional gatherings are scheduled regularly to share a spirit of joy, love and fellowship. Readings are taken from the Baha'i writings and many other spiritual and religious traditions including Christianity, Islam, Native American, Judaism, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism and many more. These gatherings often offer prayers for healing or assistance to those in need.  There is no established ritual and no solicitation of funds. Light refreshments are often served.


Devotional gathering take place in many neighborhoods throughout Santa Fe. To find one near you place please contact us at santafebahai@gmail.com or call us at 505-982-3788 and we can let you know the location and dates of a devotional gathering closest to you.


O God!  Dispel all those elements which are the cause of discord, and prepare for us all those things which are the cause of unity and accord!  O God!  Descend upon us Heavenly Fragrance and change this gathering into a gathering of Heaven!  Grant to us every benefit and every food.  Prepare for us the Food of Love!  Give us the Food of Knowledge!  Bestow on us the Food of Heavenly Illumination! -`Abdu'l-Bah


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 santa fe baha'i study group

           Expanding Our Vision


        Santa Fe Baha'i Study Circle

              Some members of the Santa Fe Baha'i community during an informal study group


鏑et your vision be world embracing. 烹ah癇 Writings


The Bah癇 Writings teach us that the purpose of life is to know and love God. A powerful way to do this is to study the Word of God and walk a path of service that helps build a better world.


In study circles, participants from all backgrounds gather in an encouraging environment to study spiritual subjects such as the power of prayer, the nature of the soul, life after death, and service to humanity. We believe that together we can learn to respect all people and create a world we can pass on to our children with pride.


Join a study circle and discover a path of spiritual growth and service that is world embracing. To learn more please send an e-mail with the heading "Study Circles" santafebahai@gmail.com or give us a call at 505-982-3788.


O Divine Providence!  This assemblage is composed of Thy friends who are attracted to Thy beauty and are set ablaze by the fire of Thy love.  Turn these souls into heavenly angels, resuscitate them through the breath of Thy Holy Spirit, grant them eloquent tongues and resolute hearts, bestow upon them heavenly power and merciful susceptibilities, cause them to become the promulgators of the oneness of mankind and the cause of love and concord in the world of humanity, so that the perilous darkness of ignorant prejudice may vanish through the light of the Sun of Truth, this dreary world may become illumined, this material realm may absorb the rays of the world of spirit, these different colors may merge into one color and the melody of praise may rise to the kingdom of Thy sanctity.Verily, Thou art the Omnipotent and the Almighty! - `Abdu'l-Bah


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Santa fe baha'i firesides


           santa fe baha'i fire 

           In Santa Fe we sometimes sit by a fire and discuss Baha'i topics


A Fireside* is an informal discussion that explores various aspects of the Bah' Faith. Typically, most firesides are held in private homes or apartments in Santa Fe, with a small number of people gathering in a comfortable setting. Usually, a Bah' will give a brief introduction about a topic which is followed by a question and answer period. Those who wish to investigate further are encouraged to return with more questions.  (*The term "Fireside" doesn't literally mean sitting by a fire - although in Santa Fe - we sometimes do hold them around a real fire as the photo above illustrates)  

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santa fe baha'i children's classes


         

             Two of the children in our community


Developing the moral capacities in our children is of fundamental importance, not only to their own future happiness, but to the service and advancement of our entire society. Parents everywhere are looking for ways to give children this spiritual education, to lay the foundations for their children to have noble characters and fruitful lives.


Providing spiritual education for children has long been an element of the culture of the Bah癇 community. In neighbourhoods across the United States, Bah癇s and their friends offer classes that nurture the hearts and minds of children. These classes are open to children of all backgrounds and are often run in collaboration with their families.


All children are welcome to these classes, and no child participates without the approval of his or her parents. These classes include short lessons, activities to build social skills and friendships, games, stories that illustrate virtues like love, kindness, generosity, and art and music.


Help the next generation grow up with the tools they need to build a better world. To learn more send an

e-mail with the heading "Children's Classes" to santafebahai@gmail.com or call us at 505-982-3788.


Links about Children's Classes:

Baha'i Children's Classes around the World

Resources for Spiritual Education

Stories about Children's Classes


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Santa Fe Baha'i Youth Activities

            Empowering Our Youth

         

            Santa Fe Baha'i music guitar


The junior youth spiritual empowerment program is open to young people aged between approximately 12 and 14 and assists them to navigate through a crucial stage in their lives.


Those in their early adolescent years possess altruism, a sense of justice, eagerness to learn about the universe, and a desire to contribute to the construction of a better world.


The program helps them form a strong moral identity and empowers them to contribute to the well-being of their communities and the world at large.


By developing their spiritual qualities (virtues), their intellectual capabilities and their capacities for service to society, the participants come to see that they can become agents of positive change in the world.


The program adopts a participatory mode of learning where the facilitator and participants learn from each other.

Groups of participants engage in activities such as artistic expression, discussion, drama, cooperative games, study of literature, story telling and acts of community service.


The junior youth program explores themes from a Bah' perspective, but is not a formal religious education program. It is open to all, subject to parental approval. Junior youth groups meet on a regular basis and there is no written homework.


Youth can lead us to a better day! As they learn to lead spiritually dynamic, creative lives youth can play important roles in building a better world. To learn more please send an e-mail with the heading "Youth Activities" to santafebahai@gmail.com or call us at 505-982-3788.


Stories about the Junior Youth Empowerment Program 



   





WORLD RELIGION DAY (Third Sunday in January): The day is devoted to proclaiming the oneness of religion and the belief that world religion will unify the peoples of the earth. The Baha段-sponsored observance was established in 1950 by the Baha段s of the United States.


AYYAM-I-HA (Feb. 26-March 1): Ayyam-i-ha, or 泥ays of Ha, are devoted to spiritual preparation for the Fast, celebrating, hospitality, charity and gift giving. They are celebrated the four days (five in leap year) before the last month of the Baha段 year.


NAW RレZ (March 21): The Baha段 New Year痴 Day coincides with the spring equinox. Naw-Ruz is an ancient Persian festival celebrating the "new day" and for Baha'is it marks the end of the annual 19 DAY FAST and is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended.


FESTIVAL OF RIDVAN (April 21-May 2): The annual Baha段 festival commemorates the 12 days (April 21-May 2, 1863) when Baha置値lah, the founder of the Baha段 Faith, resided in a garden called Ridvan (Paradise) in Baghdad, Iraq. At this time He publicly proclaimed His mission as God痴 messenger for this age. The first (April 21), ninth (April 29) and twelfth (May 2) days are celebrated as holy days when work is suspended.


DECLARATION OF THE BチB (May 23): The Baha段 commemorates May 23, 1844, when the Bab, the herald of the Baha段 Faith, announced in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran), that he was the herald of a new messenger of God. It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended.


ASCENSION OF BAHA ́U ́LLAH (May 29): Baha段s observe the anniversary of the death in exile of Baha置値lah, the founder of the Baha段 Faith, on May 29, 1892, outside Akko (also known as Akka or Acre), in what is now northern Israel. It is one of the nine holy days of the year where work is suspended.


RACE UNITY DAY (Second Sunday in June): The Baha段-sponsored observance promotes racial harmony and understanding and the essential unity of humanity. It was established in 1957 by the Baha段s of the U.S.


MARTYRDOM OF THE BチB (July 9): The holy day commemorates the anniversary of the execution of the Bab (Siyyid 羨li-Muhammad), the herald of the Baha段 Faith, by a firing squad on July 9, 1850, in Tabriz, Persia (now Iran). It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended.


BIRTH OF THE BチB (Oct. 20): The day is an observance of the anniversary of the birth on Oct. 20, 1819, in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran), of Siyyid 羨li-Muhammad, who later took the title of 鍍he Bab, meaning 鍍he Gate. The Bab was the herald of the Baha段 Faith. The day is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended.


BIRTH OF BAHA ́U ́LLAH (Nov. 12): Baha段s observe the anniversary of the birth of Baha置値lah (born Mirza Husayn-羨li) on Nov. 12, 1817, in Tehran, Persia (now Iran). Baha置値lah, which means the 敵lory of God, is the founder of the Baha段 Faith. It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended.


DAY OF THE COVENANT (Nov. 26): The festival commemorates Baha置値lah痴 appointment of his eldest son, 羨bdu値-Baha, as the Center of His Covenant.


ASCENSION OF 'ABDU'L-BAHA (Nov 28): Baha段s observe the anniversary of the death of 'Abdu'l-Baha, son of Baha'u'llah and His appointed succesor, on Nov 28, 1921 in Haifa, in what is now northern Israel.


To find out times and places or to get more specific information about the Santa Fe Baha'i community's Holy Days and Commemorations please send us an e-mail at: santafebahai@gmail.com or call us at 505-982-3788.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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