Wednesday Night Discussion Groups – Sep to Dec

Venue : Friends’ Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge
Light refreshments will be served
Wednesday 8:00pm.– 9:30pm Free entry
21 September- Reframing how we look at the problems of our World
5 October – How do we move from the world we have to the world we want?
19 October- Roadmap to a Better World: Exploring how Justice and Unity can be Achieved pt1
2 November- Roadmap to a Better World: Exploring how Justice and Unity can be Achieved pt2
16 November- The Space Between Us – Our perception and reality
7 December- Marriage and Family Life

“All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization.”
– Bahá’u’lláh

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Wednesday Night Discussion Groups

Venue: Friends’ Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge
Light refreshments will be served
Wednesday 8:00pm.– 9:30pm Free entry
15 June – The Interplay of Science, Religion, and a Globalizing Society
29 June – What is Justice?
6 July – Exploring Human Rights in the 21st Century and Beyond
20 July – Ecology and Sustainable Development – Bhutan’s example

“All men have been created to carry forward an ever-advancing civilization.”
– Bahá’u’lláh

Click here to download the complete flyer.

Bahá’í Open Day at Michaelhouse Centre

A Bahá’í Open Day was held on Saturday, 10th September 2011, at the Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity Street, Cambridge. The theme of the event was Unity reflecting the teaching of the Baha’i Faith that ‘The Earth is One Country and Mankind its Citizens.’ The event included an exhibition, short talk, live music and a children’s peace project. The Mayor and Mayoress of Cambridge attended at 11 am.

The Bahá’ís of Cambridge are part of a worldwide community of around five million Bahá’ís, representative of almost all of the races and cultures on earth; and the Bahá’í Faith holds NGO status at the United Nations.

The purpose of the Bahá’í Faith is to bring together in unity people of diverse nations, races, cultures, religions, and schools of thought. The spiritual teachings which can bring about this unity-of-hearts were brought by the Founders of all the major world religions, but the need for world unity was particularly emphasised by Bahá’u’llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith. At his short address to the participants at the Open Day, the Mayor commended the work that the Baha’i community was doing in help bringing this about.

Bahá’u’lláh was born in 1817 in Persia, or modern-day Iran. As He started to teach His message He was imprisoned, and exiled from country to country, eventually arriving as a prisoner in the city of Akká – now in Israel – where He remained until His death in 1892. Bahá’u’lláh suffered for most of his life. Yet from his prison-cell he sought to eliminate religious and racial prejudice and to uplift the banner of the oneness of humanity.

Bahá’u’lláh’s son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, who had been imprisoned with his father from the age of nine, was finally released in old age and allowed to travel and visited the UK in 1911. His first ever public address was on Sunday September 10th 1911, exactly one hundred years to the day before the event in Cambridge. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá delivered an address at the City Temple Church in London. These were some of his words:
‘This is a new cycle of human power… It is the hour of unity of the sons of men and of the drawing together of all races and all classes. You are loosed from ancient superstitions which have kept men ignorant, destroying the foundation of true humanity…. The gift of God to this enlightened age is the knowledge of the oneness of mankind and of the fundamental oneness of religion.’

Of interest to Cambridge residents, a screening of the film ‘An encounter with Bahá’u’lláh’, relating the meeting in 1890 between Cambridge Professor and Orientalist E.G. Browne and Bahá’u’lláh was also screened at the Open Day.

Concert in memory of the Yaran

A concert and reception will be held on 5th December 2010 at Kings College, Cambridge to commemorate and raise awareness about the seven Bahá’í leaders who have been held in prison for 2 years now in Iran, solely for their religious beliefs. The seven incarcerated men and women – Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Mahvash Sabet, Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Vahid Tizfahm – were all members of a national-level group that, with the Iranian government’s knowledge, helped attend to the minimum spiritual needs of Iran’s 300,000-strong Bahá’í community. The defendants were accused of propaganda activities against the Islamic order and the establishment of an illegal administration, among other allegations. All the charges were completely and categorically denied. They were sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, which has recently been reduced to 10 years.

The event has been specially created both to commemorate the seven incarcerated ‘Yaran” (meaning Friends), and to raise awareness of this abuse of human rights. The concert will be attended by Councillor Sheila Stuart, Mayor of Cambridge and Dr Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge. Our MC for the evening will be Mr Dan Wheatley from the Office of External Affairs of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahai’s of the UK.

For further details please contact us.

Reflections on the UK Bahá’í Youth Conference

The UK National Bahá’í Youth Conference from 1-3 January was a meeting of 346 friends at Warwick University, who gathered together for a weekend to discuss how the social and spiritual teachings of Bahá’u’lláh could be put into practice. Of course it was also an opportunity for young people to make new friends, reunite with old ones, and enjoy each other’s company, having been brought together by our common ideals. Despite being a non-Bahá’í I was cordially welcomed, and felt strengthened by the company of so many young people who share my wishes for world-betterment and the proliferation of spiritual principles. I was particularly impressed by everyone’s sincere desire to engage in service.

Perhaps the most significant event at the conference was a letter to the delegates directly from the Universal House of Justice, calling those who wanted to engage in the spiritual enterprise advanced by the Bahá’í faith to focus their efforts. In particular they encouraged us to contribute to the teaching of children’s classes and the animation of junior youth groups, and this message was followed by presentations from people who wanted to relate similar work they had done previously. Hearing their experiences really brought to light what is valuable in such classes, and just how valuable they are. I was impressed by the emphasis on moral education, which it seems has been a success in teaching children to be kind, thoughtful and honest. I suspect this is what young minds need most in a country where often religious principles are an object of study rather than a way of life, and morality is a matter for debate rather than a skill to be cultivated.

Feeling grateful for the opportunity to offer such service I agreed to help out with either of the projects as they arise in Cambridge. From the amount of people at the conference who also agreed to assist in this spiritual enterprise, it is clear that many others have seen the need for service and seized the opportunity while it is ripe. I can only hope that as a result of the gathering many will go on to realise their potential to cultivate good qualities, learn about what is most valuable in life, and contribute to the advancement of our civilisation.

New Website Launched

Members of the Bahá’í community in Cambridge have spent several months redesigning their website and are pleased to announce it’s launch.

It is hoped that the website will offer an easy way for the public to find information on the Bahá’í Faith in Cambridge, including the ongoing Activities, articles on its History, and regular updates on Bahá’í news, local, national and international.