Community News - Spring 2015
It Seemed Simple Enough
On Sunday, May 3, 2015, a collection of like-minded friends gathered at the Baha’i Sunday Devotional held at Sybil Andrews Cottage in Campbell River. We opened with a song, affirmed prayers, recited writings from the Bab, Baha’u’ll’ah and Abdu’l-Baha, sang more songs, and listened to a lecture by Tom Price on the topic, “Recreating Ourselves in the Image of the Master”.
It seemed simple enough that we imitate Abdu’l-Baha by being happy and only seeing the good in people. Abdu’l-Baha was the resource of the talk and many things can be culled from it. One outstanding statement that stuck with me was, “When you look at the stars at night, do you look at the black? No, you see the stars.” I conjured up that the stars are the good and the black is non-existence. If you seek only the good, the rest falls away.
You can conjure up your own interpretation of the valuable message in the talk at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06hRKjKyfTg
Afterward, we enjoyed refreshments and elevated conversations.
4 Jalál, 172 B.E./12 April, 2015
The friends who gathered for the Sunday Baha’i Devotional Worship Service at the Sybil Andrews Cottage in Campbell River were treated to an array of Hidden Words put to music.
To begin, the theme of prayers unfolded for those seeking the Word of God. The glorious utterances floated through the house and set open the hearts of everyone in the place, the city, the mountain, the refuge, the cave, the valley, the land, the sea, the island and the meadows.
Voices of all shapes and sizes sang out some of the Hidden Words of Baha’u’llah. The participants included vocalists, drummers, guitarists, hand-clappers, finger-snappers, hummers, harmonists and rappers.
To end the fun-filled devotional, the creative cluster enjoyed beverages, snacks and champion fellowship.
Here is a YouTube video of Dale and Monica teaching us their melody to the Hidden Words #16:
Building Your Spirit
On Sunday, March 29, 2015, at the Baha’i Faith Devotional Gathering, a fine cluster of friends sat satisfied listening to a presentation by Sherif Rushdy titled, ‘Personal & Social Transformation for Our New World Order’. He offered a delightful array of presentation graphics and a simple introduction to methods we can follow to transform ourselves from a material-obsessed being to a spiritual one. It came down to religion being a necessary part of life, as necessary as food and water. To sustain our spiritual growth we need to be ‘fed’ by the word of God and when consuming the truth, we grow spiritually and are able to free ourselves from the material-world tethers that keep us tied to it. A dynamic discussion followed along with the material-world consumption of refreshments.