Bahá'ís Make Donation To Local Food Bank

 

On October 7, 2014 two Windsor Residents made a trip to the Windsor Food Bank to donate items collected by the Windsor Bahai Community. Recently, because of the suggestion of a new member in the community, the Bahai's in Windsor decided to make a donation “bin” available at each of their gatherings. The group will make monthly trips to the Food Bank to bring the items that have been collected each month and is very excited to able to support the Food Bank now on a ongoing basis.

The Windsor Bahá'ís are also exploring other service opportunities with a community of refugees from the Karen Tribe in Southeast Asia that are housed in Hartford. The Bahá'ís have made initial contact with their Buddhist spiritual leader and will continue to strive to build friendships and bridges between the two communities in hopes of understanding how best the Bahá'ís might offer support and assistance.

Grace Cook (pictured below with Nancy Casasan), Windsor’s newest community member recently shared these thoughts about the Bahá'í Faith, Christianity and serving humanity:

In this global electronic and satellite world, our “neighbor” is wider and broader then just our town or our state; our neighbor is now anyone and everyone in need of food or clothing and they may be from Burma or Thailand or Cuba or Croatia. So to be a “good Samaritan we have to help whoever we know to be in need, be it someone from across the street or someone the world.

Bahá'u'lláh was described as not "being interested in titles and honors of this world; His interest lay in defending the poor and protecting the need… He cheers the disconsolate and feeds the hungry, befriends the poor and the stranger."

In the Bible it is said "Then The King (Jesus Christ) will say to those on His right hand 'Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, for I was hungry and you game me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me'. Then the righteous will answer Him saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed you or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick or in prison and come to You? And The King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, in as much as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’”

Ruhi Classes Continue Throughout the Summer

In June of 2014 a small group of Windsor residents met to begin studying from one of a series of “Ruhi” courses.  These ongoing classes, part of the Ruhi Institute, have become a focal point of Bahá’í communities everywhere in their endeavor to build community, inspire spiritual conversations and provide opportunities for spiritual growth and insight.  Bahá’ís and non-Bahá’ís alike participate in the Ruhi courses, and often service projects and community action are born out of the Ruhi course.  This happened in 2013 when several Windsor residents studied and completed a Ruhi course on teaching children’s classes and organized their own children’s virtues class, which is also ongoing.  There are seven books in the Ruhi sequence ranging from topics like “life after death” and “prayer” to teaching children’s virtue classes and courses on the life of the Twin Manifestions of the Faith, the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh.  For more information on the Bahá’í Faith and the Windsor Bahá’í community please call 860-878-1781 or visit our website at windsorctbahai.org.

 

Pictured below: Children’s virtues class, inspired by one of the Ruhi courses

 

 

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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