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Entries - Ruhi
Written by Caleb Gilleland, Nine Branches   
Saturday, 19 July 2014

Think big and be inclusive. Remove any cultural barriers between seekers and Bahaullahs message. If always reading prayers out of a book makes seekers in an evangelical Christian area uncomfortable, offer to sometimes say spontaneous prayers they way that theyre accustomed to. If playing John Lennons Imagine during devotions (this has really happened) makes outsiders shift in their seat, choose music that speaks more to their experience.

In addition, let seekers contribute to the life of the Bahai community as much as they are comfortable. Short of encouraging them to crash Feast or an LSA meeting, let them know that theyre welcome at every event going on in the Bahai community. Invite them to serve.

But mostly, just invite people in your community, both Bahais and seekers, to live life with you. Make friends with them. Invite them out for dinner. Drop by to watch the big game.

No, seriously.

They that are endued with sincerity and faithfulness should associate with all the peoples and kindreds of the earth with joy and radiance, inasmuch as consorting with people hath promoted and will continue to promote unity and concord, which in turn are conducive to the maintenance of order in the world and to the regeneration of nations. // Bahaullah

We can talk about principles all day, but if we dont make a real effort to include others in our lives we will never be able to change society. Our local Bahai communities will lose their effectiveness and stagnate. We cant afford to let that happen.

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Baha'i Calendar Redux PDF Print E-mail
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Baha'i Life - Holy days
Written by Idol Chatter, Dan Jensen   
Saturday, 19 July 2014

The Bah Calendar, arguably the least lunar calendar there is, has recently been given a lunar calculation of its own. Because the founders of the Bb and Bah religions were reported to have been born a day apart on the Islamic calendar (though two years apart), the Bah leaders in Israel figured it would be nice to make this happen on their calendar. To do this, they marked the 8th new moon after No-Rz in Tehran as the one most likely to be close to the time of year when the two prophets were born, and then had one prophets birth commemorated on the first day after that new moon and the other prophets birth commemorated on the day after that.

The commemorations will no longer occur on the actual dates of birth on the solar cycle (October 20 and November 12) or even the Islamic calendar, but rather, they will take place on different dates from year to year, as is done with Easter and Good Friday.

Calendars are an important tool for scheduling our activities. A farmer might use a solar calendar to plan a harvest. A Bedouin might use a lunar calendar to plan a journey across the desert. Many calendars are a hybrid between solar and lunar so that they can be used in accord with seasonal and lunar cycles. The Gregorian calendar, for instance, is precisely calculated to remain synchronized with the seasons. It is not so precise with respect to lunar cycles, each of its months being about a day too long to keep pace with the phases of the moon. Still, a Gregorian month can be used to loosely approximate a lunar month.

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World Urges Israelis, Palestinians To Focus Mutual Hatred On Regions Baha'i Peoples PDF Print E-mail
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Entries - Humour
Written by The Onion   
Saturday, 19 July 2014

"Hoping to quell reignited tensions in Gaza this week, world leaders reportedly urged Israelis and Palestinians to join forces and focus their mutual hatred on the region's Baha'i peoples. International authorities expressed genuine hope that by unleashing their combined stores of armaments and decades-long hostilities upon members of the small and persecuted Baha'i Faith, Israelis and Palestinians could achieve lasting peace in the typically war-torn region."

World Urges Israelis, Palestinians To Focus Mutual Hatred On Regions Bah' Peoples
Why I Cant Say Love the Sinner / Hate the Sin Any More PDF Print E-mail
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Entries - The Subject of Boys
Written by Micah J. Murray, Redemption Pictures   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Its a special sort of condescending love weve reserved for the gay community.

I thought we just needed to try harder. Maybe we needed to focus more on loving the sinner, and less on protesting his sin.

But Im done. I cant look my gay brother in the eye any more and say I love the sinner but hate the sin.

I cant keep drawing circles in the sand.

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