First Friday Firesides
“Fireside” is a term that has been used among American Bahá’ís since the 1950s to describe informal get-togethers focused on one or more aspects of faith, social progress, religion and science, and religious history (to name a few general subjects).
Firesides are not lectures. While the topics will be presented from a Bahá’í perspective and with reference to the history and teachings of the Faith, the forum is that of a moderated, open and candid discussion group.
Our “First Friday Firesides” welcome all and endeavor to provide a comfortable environment for an open exchange of ideas on topics of importance to us individually as well as to our community, country and the world as a whole.
Upcoming Series: World Peace – A Tactical Approach
During this series we will examine how The Bahá’í Faith goes beyond simply espousing a desire for world peace. Bahá’ís believe that we have been given a divine plan enumerating the essential aspects of social and personal advancement necessary for achieving world unity and peace.
In this series of three open discussions, each will focus on a specific aspect of the Bahá’í approach to carrying forward an ever-advancing civilization, realizing personal growth and establishing global peace and harmony.
Equality of Women and Men – Friday, March 6th, 2020
Is establishing the equality of men and women essential to establishing world peace? Why is it important to personal growth and spiritual progress? What are the Bahá’í Teachings on the equality of women and men?
Join us as we discuss the importance of the equality of the sexes.
Elimination of Racial Prejudice – Friday, April 3rd, 2020
How does the Bahá’í Faith approach this, the “most challenging issue” facing our nation? What are the implications of racial prejudice on justice, peace, individual and social maturity and growth?
Join us as we discuss the role of religion, the role of society and the role of the individual in eliminating this blight on humanity.
The Oneness of Religions and Freedom from Religious Exclusivity – Friday, May 1st, 2020
Prejudice in any form is a barrier to spiritual and cultural progress – religious prejudice is no exception. The teachings of the Bahá’í Faith themselves state: “If religion becomes the source of antagonism and strife, the absence of religion is to be preferred.” How can we change how we view other faiths? What exactly is the Bahá’í Faith’s take on other religions?
Join us to discuss religious exclusivity and religious unity.
For more information on programs at the Bahá’í Center of Washtenaw County, please call (734) 528-1919 or contact us using the form on this page.