All programs and events hosted by the Bahá’í’s are aimed at fostering a spirit of fellowship with all people. The public is always welcomed and no donations are accepted.
Sunday Morning Devotional Program, Time 10-10:30AM
Readings and prayers are presented from Holy Writings of Manifestations of God such as those revealed by: Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Baha’i Faith, Zoroastrian Faith and other religions. A volunteer from the Baha’i Faith leads the devotional topic which has been selected in advance. Topics may focus on spiritual development, enhancement of virtues, and deepening in understanding principles and teachings of Baha’i Faith. Music, chants and singing may be part of a devotional program. After the selected readings and prayers, attendees are excused to fellowship with community members and friends in the lower level. Individuals may choose to spend additional time in the devotional chamber for private prayers and silent meditations.
Guests are always welcome to attend Sunday morning devotionals. Baha’is, on your request, will assist you in learning more about the message of the Baha’i Faith, revealed by Baha’u’llah. Baha’i Faith strives for world unity and peace, and outlines a plan for world civilization, built on a foundation of love and justice for all humanity.
Children’s Classes (ages 3-14)
Youth clubs and study classes (ages 15-20)
Adult study circles
Baha’i Study Circles provide participants with knowledge, spiritual enlightenment and practical skills to help enhance ones capacity to contribute to the betterment of society. The study material frequently used is a formalized course, developed by the Ruhi Institute, of which contents are based on Baha’i writings and religious beliefs. There are currently eight books available for study, usually in sequence, under the guidance of an experienced Baha’i Tutor. Books are available in the WC Baha’i Center Book Store or Library. The role of the tutor is to facilitate the group and share discussion as an equal member rather than as an authority. Other types of study groups may be formed for a special purpose, such as to study a particular subject, read a Baha’i book together or to understand a Baha’i practice, i.e. marriage, funeral and burial procedures.
Some topics of study include:
- Reflections on the Life of the Spirit
- Arising to Serve
- Walking Together in the Path of God
- Circles of Unity
- This Day of God
- Working towards enhancing the well-being of humanity
Monthly International Dinners are held at the Bahá’í Center of Washtenaw County. Each month features a different cuisine, and past dinners have included Italian, Persian, African, Chinese, Indian, Latin American, and Middle Eastern dishes, as well as a traditional American holiday meal. These dinners are attended by many area Baha’is and their families and friends. Before the dinner there is a brief presentation on some Baha’i topic of interest, followed by prayer and announcements. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Check the calendar for current dinner dates, which are often the third Saturday of the month. Contributions are accepted from Bahá’ís, and others come as our guests.
Bahá’í Holy Day Observances
A Unity Feast is the gathering of Baha’is from several communities for prayer, reading from the Holy Books, and fellowship. Guests from outside the Baha’i Community may be invited to come and share the worship and fellowship. Local Baha’i business is not discussed at a Unity Feast, as many localities may be represented. Worship will often be followed by light refreshments. A Unity Feast may be held in addition to the regular Nineteen Day Feast, where consultation on local affairs is conducted.
Nineteen Day Feast
The Nineteen Day Feast is observed on the first day of each Baha’i month. Members of each Baha’i Community gather together for shared prayer and reading from the Holy Books. After their devotions, they also consult on current Baha’i affairs and reports from the Spiritual Assembly. The Nineteen Day Feast is an occasion for worship, consultation, and discussion of plans and new and better methods of service. Light refreshments may be served by the host.
Lectures, workshops and exhibitions