Bahá’ís Participate in Shad Derby

The Baha’is of Windsor sponsored a booth during Windsor’s Shad Derby Fair on Saturday, May 17. Throughout the day people approached to engage in friendly conversation, participate in coloring free virtues crowns and ask questions about the Bahá’í Faith.

The Bahá'í Faith is a monotheistic religion emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind. Three core principles establish a basis for Bahá'í teachings and doctrine: the unity of God, that there is only one God who is the source of all creation; the unity of religion, that all major religions have the same spiritual source and come from the same God; and the unity of humanity, that all humans have been created equal, and that diversity of race and culture are seen as worthy of appreciation and acceptance. Baha’u’llah is the Prophet founder of the Baha’i faith whose title is Arabic and translates as“The Glory of God”.

Ayyám-i-Há Party A Success

On Sunday, February 23rd from 2:30-3:30, the Bahá’í community of Windsor hosted an Ayyám-i-Há party at the Windsor Library (323 Broad St). Ayyám-i-Há is a five day celebration just before the Bahá’ís begin their period of fasting in March. Bahá’ís all over the world mark this time with celebrations, gift giving, and service.  The festivities began with a brief explanation of Ayyám-i-Há, a story and singing and guitar playing.  Afterwards kids got to play games, make crafts and socialize while eating cake and snacks.  About forty Bahá’ís and non- Bahá’ís celebrated together.  A fun time was had by children and adults alike!

Children's Virtues Classes Resume

 

On October 20, 2013 about ten children and ten adults met at the home of local resident and Bahá’í, Anisa Baczek to resume a series of virtues classes that had started at the beginning of the summer.  In June the themes had been kindness and truthfulness, and in October two classes were taught on love and obedience.  The children participated in a short lesson with prayers and quotes from world religions as well as songs, storytelling, craft and a snack and playtime afterwards.  Four more classes will happen on the themes of patience, courtesy, peacefulness and responsibility before the end of the year.  The idea for the classes grew out of a Spiritual Parenting class that met for two years before several of those parents went onto form a training course on teaching children’s virtues classes.  For more information about the Windosr Bahá’ís and/or children’s virtues classes please visit our Children’s Class page.

 

Bahá'í Co-sponsor Muslim-Bahá'í Dialogue

 

The Bahá’ís of Windsor have long been interested in networking with diverse religions. In the words of Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, “Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship.” It was in this spirit that the Bahá’ís of Windsor reached out to the Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding, the Hartford Seminary and the Muslim community to organize an interfaith dialog entitled: “Building Relationships though Knowledge and Respect: a Muslim- Bahá’í Dialog” on June 9, 2013 at the Hartford Seminary. Imam Refai Arefin of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford shared some of the fundamental verities and practices of Islam. The Bahá’í Faith was represented by Gilbert Smith who shared that Bahá’ís believe in one God, the Creator of the universe. Mr. Smith also conveyed that Bahá’ís view humanity as one human family and that all the world’s great religions originated from God and were established to assist humanity in its spiritual advancement.The differences between these diverse faiths are due to the diverse stages of humanity’s development in which each religion was revealed.The Bahá’í Faith reiterates the spiritual teachings of previous religions (including Judaism, Christianity and Islam) and establishes social teachings to promote and an ever-advancing civilization. The social teachings of the Bahá’í Faith include the equality of women and men, the abolition of prejudices of all kinds, the unity of science and religion, the establishment of a universal auxiliary language so all humanity can communicate, the education of all children and youth, the elimination of the extremes of poverty and wealth. The Bahá’ís of Windsor are grateful to Imam Refai Arefin, to CCIU and to the Hartford Seminary for encouraging this dialog and increasing the knowledge and understanding of Islam and of the Bahá’í Faith. 

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