Balloting Materials for the Election of the Regional Bahá’í Council

Members of Local Spiritual Assemblies are eligible to vote annually for the Regional Bahá’í Council.

The Universal House of Justice, in discussing service on Bahá’í institutions, notes both the “tremendous privilege” and the “responsibility” such service entails. For every Local Spiritual Assembly, “a channel through which the spirit of the Cause flows,” participation in the annual casting of ballots for its respective Regional Bahá’í Council must surely rank among the weightiest of its responsibilities.

Register Now for Summer School

September 18, 2021, 10am – 5:30pm

Registration is now open at https://cvent.me/mAm71y

All are welcome: Bahá’ís, Friends of the Faith, Families, Children, Junior Youth, Youth, Adults

Cindi Bush, member of the school committee, writes:

The following powerful exhortation from “Abdu’l-Bahá stirs me. I am so glad that I get to serve on the Indiana Bahá’í Summer School Committee this year. It offers me a chance to be of service. The entire committee is very excited about the format this year! The school is virtual again this year, on Zoom.

“Difficult Questions” Addressed by Racial Forum

An audience of more than 50 people participated in a discussion of challenging issues faced by the Bahá’í community. The August 9 Regional Council’s Racial Justice and Unity Forum featured three presenters: Van Gilmer, Sahar Sattarzadeh, and Masud Olufani, in a panel discussion moderated by Gwen Etter-Lewis.

Each presenter selected one of five questions they received ahead of time and shared their personal reflections.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Bahá’í Community Activities

Dear Friends, The COVID-19 Learning Group which has been established by the Regional Bahá’í Council of the Midwest offers the following for members of the community who are engaged in community activities involving face-to-face contact under current conditions. Any updates or changes will be reflected on our website. The purpose of the COVID-19 learning groupContinue reading “COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Bahá’í Community Activities”

Toledo Race Amity Festival Eases Tensions

“In a time when racial tensions continue to churn across the country, members of the local Bahá’í Faith community are working to foster friendships to bridge the divides,” commented Alexandra Mester in her May 21, 2021 article in Toledo’s The Blade.

More than 30 people attended a Race Amity Festival May 14 at Wildwood Metropark in person, while more attended virtually, she reported. People of varying backgrounds and faiths, including Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Bahá’í, listened to speakers and participated in group discussions. Activities also included ice-breakers, music and dance performances.

Youth and Peace Building

On June 14, a handful of youth demonstrated the power of devotional meetings to use Bahá’u’lláh’s Words to transform lives and build community.

The gathering on Zoom, attending by more than 50 participants touched hearts, opened minds and awakened souls — through music, visual arts and the power of the Creative Word.

“That was among the more powerful and inspiring presentations I’ve seen/participated in…” wrote Dennis Stafford of Columbus, Ohio.

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Pandemic Grows Meditative Devotional

Here is how my meditation class became a devotional meeting for a few Bahá’ís and lots of other interested souls.

The format starts with guided relaxation to achieve a meditative state. Then I recite topical quotations from varied religious traditions, including a generous selection of my favorite Bahá’í Writngs, interspersed with music on my flute.  We end with silent meditation to allow the sacred nature of the Writings to transform our hearts and souls.

Afterwards, some will stay to chat about their reactions to the quotes. This was the time for a lot of teaching by the Bahá’ís in attendance, since so many of the “Community of Interest” admired the beautiful quotes. 

Invitation: Youth and Peace Building

The Racial Justice and Unity Forum invites all youth and interested adults of all ages to a special session of the Racial Justice and Unity Forum on June 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. sponsored by the Regional Bahá’í Council of the Midwestern States. Created by past participants of the Michigan State University’s Multi-Racial Unity Learning Experience (MRULE), the session will explore such questions as:

  • How can we relate to one another on a deeply spiritual level?
  • How can we transform ourselves and work with others to transform our communities?
  • How can we work with others to bring peace and unity to the world?