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Vision, Strategy and Planning

Our Regional Bahá’í Council of the Northwestern States hosted a special meeting in early August for all members of Local Spiritual Assemblies and Area Teaching Committees in southwestern Washington. This special meeting, which was held at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, was one of four regional meetings held in Oregon and Washington. The purpose of the gatherings was to build vision and enthusiasm for teaching the Faith leading up to the bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb in late October and beyond.

Following opening comments, we divided into break-out groups where we sat with people who were not in our community or cluster, as much as was possible. This gave us the advantage of benefiting from a rich cross-fertilization of ideas from friends with whom we usually don’t have contact. After a break, we met with the members of LSAs and ATCs in our respective clusters so that we could consult on the next steps of our plans. Finally, each Spiritual Assembly met and formed its plans, writing them down on a poster. Each Spiritual Assembly then taped its poster to the wall so that we could all see the product of our combined consultations. Photographs of the posters are shown below.

Thurston – Mason – Lewis Counties
Tacoma

Pierce County Southwest
Olympic Peninsula
Lakewood
Kitsap County

Present at the East Side Community Center

A new community center opened on the East Side of Tacoma on Saturday, October 20, 2018. We had an information table to introduce ourselves to spiritually receptive souls. Here are some photos of that event. Photos by George Dannells.

 

 

 

 

Spiritual Empowerment for All Ages

We are reaching out to everyone in Pierce County – children, junior youth, youth, and adults – to invite them to join with us and explore their spiritual nature, which is their true self, and to inform them of Bahá’u’lláh’s Message. We have children’s classes, junior youth spiritual empowerment activities, study circles, and firesides. Some of our activities and successes were presented at our Unit Convention in October, where we met to elect our delegate to next year’s National Convention.  Here are some photos. Photos by George Dannells.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reaching Out at Tacoma Community College

O ye recipients of the favours of God! In this new and wondrous Age, the unshakeable foundation is the     teaching of sciences and arts.                                                                                                                                                    ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

 

The Bahá’í community in Tacoma and Pierce County had an information table about the Faith from Tuesday, October 9th through Friday, October 12th, 2018, at Tacoma Community College. Here are some photos from October 9th. We shared the space with tables from many other organizations. Photos by George Dannells.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cluster Reflection Meeting #52

Washington Cluster 19, which is Pierce County, recently observed its 52nd quarterly Cluster Reflection Meeting. Established by the Universal House of Justice, a cluster is a geographic area intended to assist us to think about the growth of the Faith. Its boundaries are determined based on factors relating to the general population, such as culture, language, patterns of transport, infrastructure, and the social and economic life of the inhabitants. Its purpose is to enable Baha’is in the area to work together to reach out to their friends and neighbors and invite them to spend time with us focusing on their spiritual natures, which is every soul’s true essence, and to introduce them to the Message of Baha’u’llah. The process of growth is, of course, fundamentally organic in nature: it is the movement of a population, propelled by mounting spiritual forces, in terms of a rich and dynamic continuum. Every three months we come together and review our recent progress and consider our next steps.

We reach out to all ages. We have children’s classes, junior youth spiritual empowerment programs (ages 11 – 14), study circles for adults and youth ages 15 years and up, devotional meetings, and firesides. If you are interested, please contact us through our email address and let us know what you are interested in for either yourself or your children. We will be in touch!

 

A view of some of those attending our recent Cluster Reflection Meeting. Here, we are reviewing information showing where we have made progress and where we are struggling.

 

Birth of Bahá’u’lláh Celebration in Tacoma

The Tacoma Bahá’í Community celebrated the Twin Holy Days on Sunday, October 22nd, with a public observance in the auditorium of Tacoma Community College.  These holy days are in honor of the birth of the Báb, the Forerunner and Herald of Bahá’u’lláh, on October 21st, and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, on Sunday, October 22nd. As the Universal House of Justice said to us in a letter dated May, 2016, “these Holy Days should be viewed as special opportunities for the friends to reach out to the widest possible cross-section of society and to all those with whom they share a connection—whether through a family tie or common interest, an occupation or field of study, neighbourly relations or merely chance acquaintance—so that all may rejoice in the appearance, exactly two hundred years before, of One Who was to be the Bearer of a new Message for humankind.” Here are some photographs of that celebration.

American Indian welcome songs blessed the opening of the celebration.

An opening prayer was read in Spanish.

 

 

Followed by an opening prayer chanted in Farsi (Persian).

 

A Cambodian blessing dance was beautifully interpreted.

Sacred passages of the Bahá’í Writings were shared.

 

Images from new documentary “Light to the World” were shown during the readings, and at other times during the presentation.

 

“Blessed is the Spot”, a prayer by Bahá’u’lláh, was beautifully sung to piano accompaniment.

Followed by the performance of “The Engulfed Cathedral” by composer Claude Debussy, with images of Bahá’í Temples around the world serving as backdrop. Photo by Tushaun Vang.

 

Youth from Tacoma led the audience in song.

 

A lovely rendition of “Love is Light” followed the youth presentation.

 

The celebration concluded with a rousing audience participation sing along.

 

A banner in the lobby welcomed everyone to the celebration. Photo by Tushaun Vang.

 

A table with literature about us was in the lobby. Photo by Tushaun Vang.

 

Two large banners in the lobby presented some of the titles by which Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb were known. Photo by Tushaun Vang.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The desserts and refreshments were amazing! Including a beautiful birthday cake. Photo by Tushaun Vang.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Photos by Gary Slone except where noted.