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"Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge."

- Baha'u'llah: Gleanings, CXXX

Study Circles

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Study Circles are regular gatherings of people interested in an in-depth and systematic study of the Bahá'í Writings. The purpose of this study is to gain a deeper understanding of the Holy Word, begin to comprehend the meanings and then find ways to apply the Word to our lives through spiritual transformation and service to humanity.

The frequency and duration of each study circle are set by the group, and a facilitator serves to maintain the focus and pace. Every participant in the group also makes a commitment to action or service.

There are several Study Circles covering a variety of subjects held throughout the state. Also, new Study Circles are forming all the time to meet the needs of those who wish to participate. Check the Events Calendar for of a community of your choice to find a Study Circle near you .

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More about Study Circles

Reflections on the Life of the Spirit (Book 1): A course for those interested in learning more about the Baha'i Faith. The course is intended to develop spiritual capacity in the individual for one's own spiritual development and for service to humanity.

Participants gain a deeper understanding of the answers to:

  • What is the purpose of life?
  • What is the nature of the soul?
  • How does the soul progress?
  • What is death? What are the significances and effects of our deeds?

Arising to Service (Book 2): This course is largely focused on acquiring the skills and abilities for specific acts of service. This is an intergenerational study circle.

Themes studied are: The Joy of Teaching, Deepening Themes and Introducing Baha'i Beliefs.

Teachers of Children's Classes (Book 3): This course is designed to help individuals who wish to undertake the highly meritorious service of teaching regular classes for the spiritual education of children.

Themes studied are: Some Principles of Baha'i Education, Lessons for Children's Classes, Grade 1 and Conducting Classes for Children.

The Twin Manifestations (Book 4): This course is designed to help individuals acquire a thorough and systematic knowledge of the lives of the Bab and Baha'u'llah. Themes studied are: The Greatness of this Day, The Life of the Bab, and the Life of Baha'u'llah.

Teaching Children's Classes, Grade 2 (Book 5): This course is the second in a series in the area of the spiritual education of children and youth. It follows Book 3 and, in many ways, is a continuation of it. It offers thirty lessons for youngsters entering the second year of a Baha'i educational program, which the teacher is expected to apply to the particular circumstances of his or her class. The material in the book is also intended to help those who, though not interested in teaching formal classes, wish to develop some of the skills related to child education and gain a more profound understanding of its dynamics.

Arising to Serve (Book 6): This course is the sixth in a sequence designed to raise up human resources capable of fostering the growth of the Baha'i Community with efficiency and love. The aim of these Study Circles, in their entirety, is to achieve three overall objectives: providing insights into spiritual matters, imparting knowledge about the Faith, and helping to develop specific acts of service. After Book 2's initial introduction to teaching and having now gained some practical experience, the participants in the program are no doubt eager to embark on a more in-depth exploration of the subject of teaching in Book 6.

Walking Together on a Path of Service (Book 7 tutor training course): The main sequence of courses (Books 1-6) offered by the Ruhi Institute is designed to impart to the participants the knowledge, qualities and skills that would enable them to serve as tutors. The aim of Book 7 is to prepare tutors who can effectively introduce these books to others.

Even more about Study Circles
For more information about Study Circles near you, please contact a community near you.

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