Devotions from 10:30 - 11:00
Fireside chat from 11:00 - 12:00. Fireside speakers will be announced via email. We look forward to seeing you!
Noon Prayers and Devotions via Zoom
Everyone is welcome to come, even if only for two minutes just to say hello. There are no expectations.
Daily Prayers With Baha'i House of Worship
Join the the Baha'i House of Worship daily for prayers.
Ways to participate and deepen in the Baha'i community
Bahá’ís see the young as the most precious treasure a community can possess. In them are the promise and guarantee of the future. Yet, in order for this promise to be realised, children need to receive spiritual nourishment. In a world where the joy and innocence of childhood can be so easily overwhelmed by the aggressive pursuit of materialistic ends, the moral and spiritual education of children assumes vital importance. Click here to find out about children's classes in your area.
Baha’i communities all over the world love to create, sponsor and encourage grassroots, neighborhood- and school-based junior youth groups. Designed to help young adolescents between the ages of 11-15 develop into focused, happy and productive teenagers and young adults, junior youth groups teach the crucial moral, spiritual and ethical skills society often fails to transmit to this important age group. Click here to find out about Junior Youth activities in Austin.
To build a better world requires an ever-growing pool of people capable of contributing to the accomplishment of the myriad tasks at hand. Study Circles are designed to explore the Baha'i Writings in a way the develops knowledge, skills and insight that prepares us to serve our community. Click here to find study circles in your area.
First Sunday Food Project
The First Sunday Food Project mission centers Black, Indigenous, and People of Color's dignity and autonomy while providing material relief for ourselves and our communities. We are co-creating a space for our communities, who are disproportionately impacted by inequities like food deserts and food insecurity, to get what we need and want, including culturally-specific foods. We are not philanthropists. We are community members building self-sustaining communities free from harmful institutions.
“First Sunday” Food Project (for August, it’s not on the first Sunday and not even on a Sunday!)
Date: Saturday August 13th
When: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM (various opportunities, see below)
What: Monthly food purchase and delivery project
Where: Austin Baha’i Center
This monthly social action project that started two years ago, is still going strong and we have many volunteers from outside the Baha’i community who come to the Baha’i Center every month to help with it, alongside Baha’i volunteers. The project actually starts the day before (when donations are received and some of the food is purchased). And of course, help is needed on the actual delivery day.
Here are the expected needs:
Friday, August 12
• HEB shopping @ 9 AM (2 people)
Saturday, August 13
• Setup @ 7:30 AM (4 people) – heavy lifting involved; Marge & Rich Delaney who have been regulars in this timeslot are not in Austin during the summer
• Packing @ 10 AM (8 people)
• Pick up @ 1:00–4:00 PM (6 people)
• Delivery drivers @ 1:00–2:15 PM, 2:15–4:00 PM, 4:00–5:00 PM (12 people)
(sign up for the 1–5 PM shift in Doodle, then you can specify which shift you'd like to take with Madai and Dorothy)
• Clean up and delivery to HACA properties @ 4:00–5:00 PM (8 people)
If you haven't already signed up on the official Community Support roster, please do so at your earliest convenience to know how you can support each month!
Please don't hesitate to respond via email (email@example.com) or post your questions in Discord. Be sure to check out their new Instagram page as well!
They are always grateful for the community that supports this work every month! We hope to see you in August!
Another wonderful official resource is bahai.us. There you can request to talk with a Baha'i, subscribe to the newsletter, or request more resources!
Baha'i Blog has wonderful resources, such as music, videos, podcasts, articles and their new initiative, Personal Reflections from Baha'is Around the World.
What is the Baha'i Faith? - An Introduction by Rainn Wilson
The Virtues Basket - Videos for Children on the virtues.
Exemplar - Video about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of Bahá’u’lláh and the perfect example of His teachings.
Studio Sessions Music Videos - Bahá’ís and friends from around the world share the writings put to beautiful music!
WHAT IS AYYAM-I-HA - A comedic video about the Baha'i holiday at the end of February.
WHAT'S THAT WORD - a (funny) video series created to tackle tricky words from the Baha'i Writings and explain them in an accessible way.
Ambassador to Humanity - This series recounts the life and work of Abdu’l-Baha, celebrating his legacy and enduring influence on humanity.
Baha'i Blog with Rainn Wilson -interviews with members of the Baha’i Faith and other friends from all over the world.
(Racism) America's Most Challenging Issue - This podcast interviews Baha’is throughout the United States who are actively building racial unity through building community.
Studio Sessions Music - Baha'is and friends from around the world share the writings put to music!
Listen to Radio Baha'i! Radio Bahá’í strives to reflect universal spiritual principles and the application of the teachings of the Baha’i Faith in its programing. Listen here.
Resources for Children
Tools and resources for building community &
deepening in the Faith
Scroll through the titles to find what you're looking for!
Resources for Bahá'i Children
Host a Devotional
1. Decide who you are going to read Sacred Writings with. It can be as simple as with the people in your home with the people you live with, or virtual to safely pray with anyone. (See below for some resources for virtual tools)
2. Find some Sacred Writings. If you need some resources, here is a website for Baha'i prayers, here is another. Here is a folder of beautiful slide presentations of devotions from the writings of many different faiths. You could also read from a book you own, or order a book from the Baha'i bookstore.
3. Read the Writings together!
If you have a great devotional and want to share, please feel free to tell us about your experience, simply fill out this form. We would love to hear from you!
Have you recently moved into Austin?
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We'll be happy to help!
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