Community Building Activities

See ye no strangers, rather see all men as friends, for love and unity come hard when ye fix your gaze on otherness.”

Bahá’ís in Scotland and the world over share a vision of a new global civilisation in which every individual, family and community can flourish. Bahá’ís strive to serve their fellow human beings, by going about their daily lives in a thoughtful way, striving to ‘consort with all …in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship’, and also through more structured efforts.

In recent years the Bahá’í community has been developing four community building activities in service to their local communities. These activities are open to anyone at all who would like to participate and to work together towards building a better and more unified world.

These four activities are:

Devotional meetings – neighbourhood based gatherings for prayer and reflection, open to anyone who would like to take part. When we pray together and reflect on spiritual and moral themes, we are able to make closer and more meaningful connections to those around us. This can help to build better communities and move, step by step, towards a better world.

Study circles – small groups of people meeting to progress through a practical and educational system, based upon the Bahá’í Writings. A series of seven courses is designed to help the participants develop their spiritual and moral lives; the courses also build participants’ capacity to serve their communities. For example, one course helps those who go through to it to learn how to hold devotional meetings; another trains participants to run ethical and spiritual classes for local children. All of these activities are open to anyone who would like to take part; all are welcome.

Children’s classes – spiritual and moral education classes for children, aged eleven and younger. The classes are based around the writings and teachings of the Bahá’í Faith and aim to help children learn how to make ethical choices; develop virtues such as kindness, courtesy and patience; and encourage them to think of others and to be of service to their families and communities.

‘Junior youth’ groups – activities to empower youth aged twelve to fourteen – a special age group with extraordinary potential. Junior youth groups aim to help young people develop their spiritual capacities and to foster a sense of service and purpose that can last a lifetime.

A Bahá’í Feast in Edinburgh

Through these activities, the Bahá’ís learn, pray and talk alongside anyone who might like to take part. The spiritual dimension of life is a fundamental element of human existence and every person has the capacity to be of service to their community in some way or another. When we build our spiritual and practical capacities and our desire to be of service to one another, we really can build a better and more unified world, together.