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“Let your vision be world embracing…” — Bahá’u’lláh
Bicentenary of the birth of the Báb
Bahá’ís worldwide will, in October 2019, celebrate the second of two major 200-year anniversaries: the bicentenary of the birth of the Báb, the Herald of the Bahá’í Faith.
Austin will celebrate this momentous occasion on
October 28th, 2019 at the Bob Bullock Museum at 6:30 PM
A film will be presented at 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM
A program will be presented at 7:30 PM in the Grand Lobby
Each Sunday starting at 10:30 AM join us for devotions, children's classes and a topical chat at the Austin Bahá'í Center. 2215 E.M. Franklin Ave.
August 25th - "TBD" - by Duane Varan
Dr. Duane Varan is CEO of Media Science, which over the past five years has served as facilitator of the Disney Media and Advertising Lab. MediaScience's lab in Austin, Texas provides one of the world's most advanced audience research facilities, featuring state-of-the-art tools measuring biometrics, facial muscle movement, eye gaze, viewer reaction time, and more. Varan also holds a concurrent appointment as executive director of Audience Labs, a public research center based at Murdoch University in Australia.
September 1st - "TBD" by Dr. Chris Johnson
Chris is an author, motivator, and Clinical Professor of Sociology at Texas State University.
September 8th - "The Mystery of 1844 and other Dawnbreaker Stories" by Janet Chimino
Janet Chimino is a psychotherapist who has sought to bridge psychology and spirituality in her practice for the last 30 years in New York City. Now living in and loving Austin!
September 15th " Ways that Bahá'ís Are Being Called to Engage in a Changing and Uncertain World!"pt2 - by Khotan Shabazi-Harmon
Khotan Shahbazi-Harmon is a member of the Bahá'í Faith and a multiple award-winning journalist, community development specialist, and entrepreneurship accelerator. Khotan has served as a convener and facilitator of community conversations around complex and challenging issues on race, education and social innovation. She serves on the Board of Leadership Austin and is a member of the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Austin, Texas.
September 29th - The Challenging Tone of the Bab'i Movement.
We will explore the nature of the Bab'i movement, and examine how radical it was, especially in the context of the 19th century Middle East. Chris Bishop studied Middle Eastern Language and Culture at the University of Texas and Arabic at the American University of Beirut.
“If the learned and worldly-wise men of this age were to allow mankind to inhale the fragrance of fellowship and love, every understanding heart would apprehend the meaning of true liberty, and discover the secret of undisturbed peace and absolute composure.”
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Two hundred years ago, a prophetic Figure appeared: Bahá’u’lláh.
For more information, please visit: www.bahai.us/bicentenary
Four ways to participate in the community with Baha'i's
Devotional meetings spring up naturally in a community where a conversation about the spiritual dimension of human existence is growing. In diverse settings, Bahá’ís and their friends and families unite with one another in prayer. There are no rituals; no one individual has any special role. Meetings consist largely of reading prayers and passages from the Bahá’í sacred texts in an informal yet respectful atmosphere. A spirit of communal worship is generated by these simple gatherings, and this spirit begins to permeate the community’s collective endeavours. If you are interested in a devotional gathering, click here to contact us.
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.
BECOME A BAHÁ’Í
A person becomes a Bahá’í by recognizing Bahá’u’lláh as the Messenger of God for this age and informing the Bahá’í community of their desire to join the Bahá’í Faith.
New Day Community Garden is a place where people of many different backgrounds and gardening experience join together for the common goal of growing produce, experimenting with new plants and crops, and exchanging ideas, techniques and knowledge.