December, 2008

Stamford, CT Bahá’í Conference

A group of Bahá’ís from Arlington attended the regional Bahá’í conference in Stamford, CT on December 13th and 14th. This conference was part of the series of 41 conferences that have been taking place all over the world. The purpose of this conference was to celebrate, study, and plan. We were celebrating the past achievements, studying the most recent guidance from the Universal House of Justice, and planning activities in our local communities.

The Bible and the Bahá’í writings

Christian“Thank God, for He hath uncovered the veil from before thine eye, and that thou hast witnessed the great signs of the greatest glad-tidings which have been revealed in the Gospel, Bible and the Psalms; and wert confirmed that verily those glad-tidings have allusions to the appearance of the Kingdom of God during this time, and that the horizons shall brighten through the light of the effulgence in this age, which is the age of the lights and the century of thy God, the Powerful, the Almighty!” ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá


To find out more about the Bible and the Bahá’í writings, we invite you to join the Arlington Bahá’í Community on Friday December 19, 2008 at 7:30pm for a lively discussion and light refreshments. For more information or directions, please contact the Bahá’ís of Arlington. Before the discussion there will be a brief overview of the Bahá’í Faith as well as music provided by Hillary Chapman.

Baha’i Conference in Atlanta – Part 2

[Note: There was such excitement in Atlanta that other Baha’is from Arlington wanted to share their thoughts. A special thank you to Mitko for providing these wonderful pictures-click “Read the full article”]

“The coolest thing about this conference that kept resonating with me was this quote from a letter from that Universal House of Justice that we read “May all find a part to play.” We all have a part to play to uplift humanity. We should not underestimate the process, it may seem simple, but it is profound.”
~ Blair, Arlington, VA

“Have you been on a road never traveled before? Where you have to trust the directions or you risk getting overwhelmed by the fear of the unknown and turning back too soon, before reaching the goal. Now imagine that 4000 others are on the same road. Or to be more precise, imagine that 6 million others are heading in the same direction, following paths as unique as each one of us is.” This is how Mitko described the Atlanta conference. To read his full post please visit his blog.

Arlington Bahá’ís Describe Joy, Excitement in Atlanta!

On Friday December 5th, a group of Bahá’ís from Arlington and Alexandria headed down to Atlanta for the latest in a series of international conferences (See the post below). Some flew, some drove, others took a joyful bus ride together. Below are some reports that were received by participants at that conference:

“The focus of the conferences is encouraging the participation of every Bahá’í and friends of Bahá’ís in activities that address the spiritual requirements of the day in which we live, studying together the Word of God, praying together, offering spiritual education to our children and developing the moral character of our young people to prepare for lives of service to humanity. After stimulating, funny, inspiring speeches by members of the Continental Counselors from the International Teaching Center, the participants studied together letters from the Universal House of Justice and then gathered in small groups to discuss specific needs and commitments in geographic areas. Everyone was urged to make a pledge of increased activity. To feed the souls of all the conference attendees, musical performances filled Saturday evening.”
~ Kit, from Arlington, VA