Rollicking devotional meets attendees' spiritual, social needs

{josquote}There’s a spiritually nurturing quality about Unity Night that differs from the spiritual food you get at Baha’i Feasts and Holy Days.{/josquote}

David and Jilla Simmons are middle-school teachers. Look up “frazzled” in the dictionary and you might see their photo.

But when the first and third Fridays of each month roll around, the Simmonses don’t collapse. They open their Seattle home for a devotional gathering known as Unity Night that averages 30 to 40 attendees from the nearby University of Washington campus and beyond.

That would seem exhausting in itself. Luckily, the energies of others have helped sustain the core activity for five years — especially now, with the couple’s two children away rendering service abroad.

Regular participants help in a variety of ways, says David Simmons. They move furniture, pick up books, bring refreshments. They sometimes choose the theme and prepare quotes or lead the introductions. They connect guests who are interested with information on the Faith and its community-building activities.

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