IMMERSING IN THE OCEAN OF HIS WORDS
`Irfán Colloquium aims at promoting deeper and systematic studies in the scriptures of the world's religions from the Bahá'í perspective, as well as verities, fundamental principles of the belief system, and the sacred writings of the Bahá'í Faith. The `Irfán Colloquium's program also includes presentations on the interface between the Bahá’í Faith and various religious traditions, and schools of thought as well as Bazm-i-Irfán for musical performances. Participating at the ‘Irfán Colloquium provides an opportunity for dialogue, networking and team-building among those engaged in Bahá’í studies. It is also a unique occasion for all those attending these gatherings to meet and associate with researchers and scholars and benefit from their presentations. Those attending the `Irfán Colloquium will receive a gift set of the `Irfán publications. Presentation of research papers on topics related to the aims and objectives of the 'Irfán Colloquium is welcome. A program for children and junior youth is included.
October 17 – 19
Junior Youth Fall Weekend
Coordinated by Louhelen
Join other junior youth for a weekend of learning and fellowship exploring your contribution to the transformation of society. Through interactive study, discussions, role playing and the arts, reflection, fellowship, and activities aimed to encourage independent thinking, this weekend is intended to offer spiritual empowerment and support your efforts in engaging in the community around you. Bring a friend!
This program is for Junior Youth ages 12-14.
Limited scholarships are available.
October 23 – 26
BNASAA Conference: “Confronting and Facing our Challenging Issues”
The stated purpose of Bahá’í Network on Aids, Sexuality, Addictions and Abuse (BNASAA) is to explore Bahá’í principles and concepts related to AIDS, human sexuality, addictions, abuse and other challenging personal issues, and to consider questions and concerns that arise in the application of these principles to Bahá’í community development. The committee is appointed by and under the guidance of the National Spiritual Assembly of Canada. This year’s conference will focus on ways we can acknowledge and address difficult issues that we deal with in developing a spiritual response to the challenges we face.
The Network’s goal is to provide a loving and supportive environment in which participants can share experiences in an atmosphere of confidentiality and provide support for each individual’s healing and spiritual journey. Each participant, whether health professionals, members of Bahá’í Institutions, or individuals struggling with particular issues, is asked to manifest an attitude of loving support, and to actively participate in creating a non-judgmental and healing environment. Because the structure of this conference is different from other weekend conferences, participants are asked to attend the full conference. We ask that you arrive in time for dinner on the Thursday evening if possible, or at the very latest in time for the 9 am Friday morning session and stay through lunch on Sunday. Any variation from this level of participation must be approved in advance by the conference planning committee.
A Ray of Infinite Love: Preparing for Marriage
With Hoda Kemp and Holiday Reinhorn
This highly interactive course is designed for both single individuals and unmarried couples. It provides an environment for exploring self-knowledge, the principles and practice of consultation, how to create a happy marriage, and the spiritual purposes of marriage and family life. The teachings of the Baha’i Faith will be used to guide us on this journey. Baha’is believe that world unity cannot be attained unless we establish a sense of unity in both our marriages, and personal lives. If you are single and open to a relationship, in a relationship, or on your way to taking the vow... this workshop is for you! We can never be equipped with too many tools or too much knowledge when going into a partnership, let alone the most important partnership of our lives. So come join us as we go deeply into ourselves, and explore what it takes to build, maintain, and enjoy the fruits of a blissful and happy marriage!
Please note that child care is not available for this workshop.
Creating a New Mind
With Jason Combs
During recent years, considerable guidance has come from the Universal House of Justice that illuminates our way as the Bahá'í community learns more about contributing to the prevalent discourses of society and engaging in social action, especially in the context of the junior youth empowerment program. In this session we will study this guidance and in its light examine the opportunities created by the current set of Plans. The Bahá'í community, in its pursuit of community building, is creating a system from which will emerge a new state of mind for individuals, and a new pattern of life for human society rooted in continuous learning with others. We will explore strategies for taking up this posture of learning in our interactions with others to advance the growth of our communities. A program for ages 4 and up is included.
A limited number of scholarships are available.
December 27- January 1
Family Winter School
Winds of Despair, Breezes of Confirmation:
Forging a Path of Light through this Age of Transition
With Mark Gilman and Catherine Gilman
Community Arts with Gustaff Besungu
Following the logic of the seminal March 2nd, 2013 letter addressed by the Universal House of Justice to the Bahá’ís of Iran, this course will explore the root causes of the many, interlocking problems that beset humanity and illuminate profound conceptual changes we must embrace in order to hasten the emergence of the good society. In the context of clarifying the community’s non-involvement in politics, the House of Justice calls attention in this letter to the “framework” that guides our action and explains our “strategy” for contributing to enduring social change, predicated on a “revised conception of power, freed from the notion of dominance”. The letter also comments on themes such as consumerism, inequality and the need to rethink “humanity’s relationship with nature”.
Participants in this course will explore how the community is working “to transform society”, “further the cause of unity, promote human welfare, and contribute to world solidarity.” We will explore alternatives to the culture of “contest, contention, division and superiority” that is impeding humanity’s ability to solve fundamental problems. Against the backdrop of the frequently frustrating, sterile, adversarial discourses of our time, we will examine the need to assume individual responsibility for helping forge a new social order, to purposefully arise to work in unity with others, and learn how we can better align our thoughts, emotions and actions with the creative forces that have been released by the Twin Manifestations of God. The session includes a program for all ages 4 and up.