• Upcoming Public Events

    Here are the activities taking place over the next few weeks:

     

    - Sunday Sep 18 at 10:30 AM: Sunday Morning Devotions & Fireside

    - Sunday Sep 25 at 10:30 AM: Sunday Morning Devotions & Fireside

    - Monday Sep 26 (or after): Feast of Mashiyyat / Will; held in the five Areas: announced separately

    - Saturday Oct 1 at 2:00 PM: Reflection on the Spiritual Education of Children (Zoom)

    - Sunday Oct 2 at 10:30 AM: Sunday Morning Devotions & Fireside

    - Sunday Oct 2 at 12:30 PM: Unit Convention (Baha’is to elect a delegate to the National Convention)

    - Sunday Oct 9 at 10:30 AM: Sunday Morning Devotions & Fireside

    - Friday Oct 14 at 7:30 PM: First Friday Fireside: “A Conversation on Spirituality” by Rainn Wilson (Zoom)

    - Every Weekday at Noon: Daily Noon Prayers and Devotions

     

    Note: The First Friday Fireside for the month of September is cancelled due to the speaker’s work obligation.

     

    These are great opportunities (except for the Feast) to invite your friends to who are interested in the teachings of the Faith. The details for each meeting and how to join them are listed further down.

    Event Details and Descriptions

    Sunday Morning Devotions & Fireside

     

    Date: Every Sunday

    When: 10:30 – 12:00 Noon

    What: Devotions (starting 10:30 AM) and Fireside (starting 11:00 AM)

    Where: Austin Baha’i Center, 2215 E.M. Franklin Ave, Austin, TX 78723

     

    Since mid-March, when we started back up in-person at the Center, we often have first time visitors to the Center on Sundays. The overall attendance is only between 6 and 20 people and you are invited to come and bring even more joy to these intimate gatherings. Come see old friends and make new ones.

    Our Sunday Morning Devotions Committee plans the devotions program and they are in need of one more member. If this avenue of service is of interest to you, please contact Laura Tull.

     

    The firesides are conducted by volunteers on a rotating basis. We have a one spot open for one of the Sundays in September, one in October and all of November & December. If this avenue of service is of interest to you, please contact Nabil Yazdani. The next few firesides are:

     

    - Sep 11: Chris Johnson will give a fireside on the topic “Baha'i Community: Daring to be Different”

    - Sep 18: still need a speaker

    - Sep 25: Connor Vanecek will give a fireside on the topic “Conversation with an atheist - Interfaith Dialogue”

    - Oct 2: still need a speaker

    - Oct 9: Farnaz Masumian will give a fireside on the topic “God-Centered Meditation: An Approach to Attaining Peace of Mind and Inner Joy”

     

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    Spiritual Education of Children Reflection

     

    Date: Saturday October 1st

    When: 2:00 PM

    What: Monthly reflection space for children’s education

    Zoom Meeting Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7658526186?pwd=U2YvNVFHZXY2ZlNja1F1U1Y2Vi9WZz09

    Meeting ID: 765 852 6186

    Passcode: Lm9xvk

     

    “The capacity for community development that has already emerged, represented by hundreds of thousands of individuals who are able to serve as tutors, animators, or children’s class teachers, is a resource of historic consequence.” - Universal House of Justice, Dec. 30, 2021

     

    On the first Saturday of the month, our cluster grouping comes together to learn more about how we can offer this education to all in our communities and neighborhoods. All are welcome to this reflection space - current and future children's class teachers as well as friends and families who are interested in learning more about the spiritual education of children. We will share stories and learn about talking with our neighbors and friends about the spiritual education of children. "Contact us" with any questions about children’s classes.

    The new Book 3, Grade 1, is here https://ruhi.org/materials/embarking-path-service.php#download_book3

     

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    First Friday Fireside: Monthly Series with Speakers from Around the Globe

     

    Date: Friday October 14th

    When: 7:30 PM

    What: Rainn Wilson will offer “A Conversation on Spirituality”

    Zoom link sent to the community via email. "Contact us" if you need the passcode!

    YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/6hmUbIc-op4 (live-stream)

    Do you have friends, colleagues, or family you have wanted to invite to a Bahá’í fireside? Here is a great opportunity!

     

    Rainn Wilson is an American actor, comedian, podcaster, producer and writer. He is best known for his role as Dwight Schrute on the NBC sitcom The Office, for which he earned three consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

     

    Wilson made his film debut in Galaxy Quest (1999), followed by supporting parts in Almost Famous (2000), Steven Soderbergh’s Full Frontal (2002), and House of 1000 Corpses (2003). He also had a recurring part as Arthur Martin in the HBO series Six Feet Under from 2003 to 2005. From 2018 to 2021, he starred as Trevor on the CBS sitcom Mom.

     

    Wilson was cast as Dwight Schrute in The Office in 2005, a role which he played until the show's conclusion in 2013. Other film credits include lead roles in the comedies The Rocker (2008) and Super (2010), as well as supporting roles in the horror films Cooties (2014) and The Boy (2015). In 2009, he provided his voice for the computer-animated science fiction film Monsters vs.Aliens as the villain Gallaxhar and voiced Gargamel in Smurfs: The Lost Village. He has played a small recurring role of Harry Mudd on Star Trek: Discovery (2017) and Star Trek: Short Treks (2018), as well as a supporting role in The Meg (2018). He is also the voice of Lex Luthor in the DC Animated Movie Universe. Outside of acting, Wilson published an autobiography, The Bassoon King, in 2015, and co-founded the digital media company SoulPancake in 2008.

     

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    Daily Noon Prayers and Devotions

     

    Date: Every weekday (Monday-Friday)

    When: 12:00 Noon

    What: Devotions, individual initiative by the Doss family

    Zoom Meeting Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/815838540?pwd=aXdxQnhKaTBPSWdPVEpBcFV4bmR3dz09

    Meeting ID: 815 838 540

    Passcode: 8bq0sm

     

    Note from the organizer:

    There is usually some fellowship and checking in on how we are doing at the first part of the meeting so the devotions, stories, and inspirational writings start about 12:15 PM in case anyone is in a hurry or with limited time. We can modify the timing of things to fit lunch hour pressures.

    Anyone can come, even if only for 2 minutes just to say hello. There are no expectations.

    There is a hard stop after 40 minutes because we use a free ZOOM account.

     

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    We hope to see you at any of these events!

     

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