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Australian Bahá’ís help to build a vibrant community life in our neighbourhoods by holding regular devotional meetings.
Bahá’ís and our neighbours gather in hundreds of places across the country to attend small prayer sessions in diverse settings such as homes, local community centres and other public venues.
The aim is to come together in praying, meditating, and reading spiritual writings in a creative and uplifting way. There is no set form for such gatherings.
These devotional meetings are open to all, and are intended to awaken spiritual susceptibilities. They help to strengthen the devotional character of the community by embracing the attitude of prayer and reverence that is universal to all religions.
You are welcome to simply sit, meditate and enjoy the spiritual atmosphere, or take a more active role. Music is often a component of these gatherings.
We believe that the development of moral capacities in our children is of fundamental importance not only to their own happiness but also to the advancement of humanity as a whole.
Providing spiritual education of children has long been an element of the culture of the Bahá’í community. We hold regular children's classes that are open to all children, subject to parental approval, in neighbourhoods across Australia.
Bahá’í children’s classes aim to nurture the hearts and minds of children. The emphasis is on helping children learn to reflect on and apply spiritual principles, such as love, unity and justice, to their own lives and to the lives of those around them.
Based on the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, the classes seek to inspire in children a love of God and His Messengers, and of humanity in all its diversity.
The classes include short lessons, activities to build friendship, games, stories, art and music.
The junior youth spiritual empowerment program is open to young people aged between 11 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.
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 Bahá’í perspective, but is not a formal religious education program. It is open to all, subject to parental approval.
The purpose of Bahá’í study circles is to provide participants with the knowledge, spiritual insights and skills to enable them to contribute to the betterment of society, starting with their own neighbourhood.
We use a sequence of seven books the first called Reflections on the Life of the Spirit. It examines spiritual matters such as prayer, meditation, life and death, and the development of the soul.
Study circles are held all around Australia and are open to all. You are invited to take inspiration from the Bahá’í teachings, benefiting from whatever gems of wisdom and knowledge will help you to address the challenges you face.
Study circles are held in an uplifting environment conducive to the spiritual empowerment of individuals, who come to see themselves as active agents of their own learning.
The role of the study circle facilitator is not to impart knowledge, but to assist discussion. Study circles feature participatory learning, involving discussion with others, and the use of the arts.