Archive for July, 2023

Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Tacoma

The Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Tacoma, Inc. is the governing body for the Bahá’í community in Tacoma. It is an agency of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States. Local Spiritual Assemblies are elected annually on April 21st and serve for one year. Below are the members of the LSA of Tacoma for April 21, 2023 – April 21, 2024.

Photo by Tim Olsen

Cluster Reflection Meeting July 2023

The Bahá’í world is divided into clusters, for teaching, consolidation and expansion purposes. Often on a three-monthly basis, the Bahá’ís within the area are invited to a (Cluster) Reflection Meeting. At this meeting, the cluster reflects on its recently-completed cycle of activity, and considers plans for its next cycle. The Universal House of Justice recommends that these Reflection Meetings be more occasions of “joyous celebration” rather than unremittingly serious administrative gatherings. The “cycle” referred to consists of several stages:

  • The Expansion Phase of perhaps two weeks, in which the Bahá’ís in the cluster are concentrating on reaching out to new people, launching new activities, etc.
  • The Consolidation Phase of perhaps two months, during which the Bahá’ís are ensuring that such new people as have been reached in the Expansion Phase are now more involved – perhaps enrolled in a study circle, or children’s classes started for their offspring.
  • Reflection – of which, obviously the Reflection Meeting is a major part. The resulting planning for the next cycle could be seen as a fourth stage.

In our area, Washington Cluster 19, the Area Teaching Committee is the body responsible for ensuring that the Reflection Meeting takes place, for setting goals and so on.

Text is from, but slightly edited.

Here are some photographs from our Reflection Meeting in July 2023

Photos by George Dannells