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The Bahá'í Faith is a monotheistic religion teaching the essential worth of all religions, and the unity and equality of all people. Established by Bahá'u'lláh in 1863, it initially grew in the Middle East and now has between 5 and 7 million adherents, known as Bahá'ís, spread out into most of the world's countries and territories, with the highest concentration in Iran.[Wikipedia.org]

In BRANDON, Florida, the members of the Bahá'í Faith meet in each other's homes for devotional gatherings, and hold public meetings variously in the Brandon and Bloomingdale (Valrico) Public Libraries.

For major Holy Day events, we usually meet at the Bahá'í Faith Worship and Community Center of Greater Tampa. Those events are listed on the Meetup page entitled: “Tampa Bahá'ís for World Peace and Spirituality". All of the Brandon Bahá'í Faith activities are also listed on that Meetup web page.

We are a group of Bahá’ís who welcome the public to a series of gatherings in which we seek to “Explore Faith and Spiritual Reality in the Modern World”, through the study of the writings of the most recent world religion, the Bahá’í Faith, founded in 1844. We discuss these and similar teachings in earlier world religions to find parallels and commonalities.

The ultimate purpose of this effort is to help people apply and integrate these principles into their daily lives, to renew their own spirituality, no matter what faith they practice; and find peace and happiness in this physical reality.

We pray this will also lead to the foundation for the unification of understanding and practice of faith and spirituality that will contribute to achieving world peace, contribute to the goals of uniting all humanity into one universal family, eradicating racism and prejudice of all kinds, achieving equality and equal opportunity for women and men, and advocating for environmental protection and solutions for global warming through spiritual principles. We host various meetings in public spaces including the public libraries in Hillsborough County, at the Bahá’í Community and Worship Center of Greater Tampa, and in more intimate study groups in our homes.

The meetings are variously spiritual gatherings, discussion groups, prayer meetings, and groups meeting for the study of the Bahá’í Sacred Texts. We also gather occasionally to perform community service, depending on the resources and interests of the group of volunteers, such as serving meals to the homeless, food drives, environmental cleanup and assistance with refugee community support groups. We support other progressive groups, with individuals variously attending interfaith gatherings, or marching in public gatherings such as memorial parades for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To learn about the Bahá’í Faith, an excellent resource is the official website of the Baháí world center, www.bahai.org. To contact Bahá’ís in any locality in the U.S., call 800-22-UNITE. For information on local activities listed for Bahá’ís in the Brandon area, call 813-481-6872.

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ONLINE Brandon Bahá'í Faith and Spirituality Discussion Group Meeting

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ONLINE Brandon Bahá'í Faith and Spirituality Discussion Group Meeting ****
An open discussion group to answer questions about the Bahá'í Faith and spiritual matters ~ Sponsored by the Bahá’ís of Eastern Hillsborough County, FLORIDA ~ Facilitated by Bill and Lori Wilson ~

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This will be a virtual online meeting, facilitated through Zoom.us.

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These discussion group meetings are usually attended by two or three organizers and one or two guests. As such they are ideal occasions for the guest(s) to ask whatever questions they like and initiate discussions on any topic they desire.

However, since they are attended by just a few people, occasionally there are no guests, just the organizers. IF THERE ARE NO GUESTS, THE ORGANIZERS WILL DISCONTINUE THE MEETING AFTER 20 MINUTES, that is, 7:20 PM ET. PLEASE ENTER THE ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING SPACE NO MORE THAN 15 MINUTES LATE. If you plan to be later, than call the community phone line listed above to alert us.

“The endowments which distinguish the human race from all other forms of life are summed up in what is known as the human spirit; the mind is its essential quality. These endowments have enabled humanity to build civilizations and to prosper materially. But such accomplishments alone have never satisfied the human spirit, whose mysterious nature inclines it towards transcendence, a reaching towards an invisible realm, towards the ultimate reality, that unknowable essence of essences called God. The religions brought to mankind by a succession of spiritual luminaries have been the primary link between humanity and that ultimate reality, and have galvanized and refined mankind's capacity to achieve spiritual success together with social progress.” ~ Bahá’í Universal House of Justice, Bahá’í World Center, Haifa, Israel, 1985

The Prophet taught that some of the requirements for peace include: renewed spirituality, elimination of racism and prejudice of all kinds, universal education, equality of women and men, reconciliation between members of different religions, and the eradication of extreme poverty, great wealth and materialism. Principles of peace and methods of nonviolent social change promoted by the Bahá’í prophets in the 1800s inspired such authors and leaders as Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi. Practices of consultation promoted by the founders of the Bahá’í Faith, and proposals to establish a world government to prevent war, foreshadowed the creation of the League of Nations, followed by the United Nations.

Online Biweekly Friday Night InterFaith Devotional For Race Unity and Justice

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ONLINE Biweekly Friday Night Elevated Conversations on Race Unity and Justice to be Held the First and Third Fridays of Each Month

Please join us every First and Third Friday evening of each month at 7:30 pm Eastern time for an InterFaith Devotional during which we focus on race unity and justice in America. Participants experience profound cross-racial sharing and healing, leading to the strengthening of bonds of genuine love and friendship. We are building a human family. Please join this family from across the country as we continue this beautiful journey together and discuss ways in which we are each doing our part to bring about social justice in our individual lives and in our communities. You are welcome to bring prayers, poems, inspirational readings and songs to share, or just listen. We hope you can join us and please feel free to invite others.

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The formal devotional lasts less than one hour. Following the devotional readings and prayers, we enjoy the added benefit of informal group discussion on issues of racial justice. The discussion will be held to a schedule of just 3 hours by the facilitators, ending at 10:30 PM. Please come and air any issues you wish to discuss. To hear a preview of what Bahá'ís are doing to PROMOTE race unity, visit the website, www.RaceUnity.us

Although we finished watching the video on Oct. 8, 2021, entitled "Invisible Portraits, a Love letter to, about and for Black Women", you can view it yourself at the following website: youTu.be/7BHzf0QrIFA

Online Biweekly Friday Night InterFaith Devotional For Race Unity and Justice

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ONLINE Biweekly Friday Night Elevated Conversations on Race Unity and Justice to be Held the First and Third Fridays of Each Month

Please join us every First and Third Friday evening of each month at 7:30 pm Eastern time for an InterFaith Devotional during which we focus on race unity and justice in America. Participants experience profound cross-racial sharing and healing, leading to the strengthening of bonds of genuine love and friendship. We are building a human family. Please join this family from across the country as we continue this beautiful journey together and discuss ways in which we are each doing our part to bring about social justice in our individual lives and in our communities. You are welcome to bring prayers, poems, inspirational readings and songs to share, or just listen. We hope you can join us and please feel free to invite others.

Please use the link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87652138803?pwd=WVdLOEI5QmJpTnBSTU5WWm9aNGtmZz09

Meeting ID:[masked]
Passcode: elevate

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Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kezoydEvwE

The formal devotional lasts less than one hour. Following the devotional readings and prayers, we enjoy the added benefit of informal group discussion on issues of racial justice. The discussion will be held to a schedule of just 3 hours by the facilitators, ending at 10:30 PM. Please come and air any issues you wish to discuss. To hear a preview of what Bahá'ís are doing to PROMOTE race unity, visit the website, www.RaceUnity.us

Although we finished watching the video on Oct. 8, 2021, entitled "Invisible Portraits, a Love letter to, about and for Black Women", you can view it yourself at the following website: youTu.be/7BHzf0QrIFA

ONLINE Brandon Bahá'í Faith and Spirituality Discussion Group Meeting

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ONLINE Brandon Bahá'í Faith and Spirituality Discussion Group Meeting ****
An open discussion group to answer questions about the Bahá'í Faith and spiritual matters ~ Sponsored by the Bahá’ís of Eastern Hillsborough County, FLORIDA ~ Facilitated by Bill and Lori Wilson ~

Call[masked] for Information ****

This will be a virtual online meeting, facilitated through Zoom.us.

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82502955583?pwd=azJGemVMbWRIT3NTMy9WMmgzZXdxdz09

Meeting ID:[masked]
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[masked] US (Houston)
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[masked] US (Tacoma)
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Passcode:[masked]

Call[masked] for additional information **

These discussion group meetings are usually attended by two or three organizers and one or two guests. As such they are ideal occasions for the guest(s) to ask whatever questions they like and initiate discussions on any topic they desire.

However, since they are attended by just a few people, occasionally there are no guests, just the organizers. IF THERE ARE NO GUESTS, THE ORGANIZERS WILL DISCONTINUE THE MEETING AFTER 20 MINUTES, that is, 7:20 PM ET. PLEASE ENTER THE ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING SPACE NO MORE THAN 15 MINUTES LATE. If you plan to be later, than call the community phone line listed above to alert us.

“The endowments which distinguish the human race from all other forms of life are summed up in what is known as the human spirit; the mind is its essential quality. These endowments have enabled humanity to build civilizations and to prosper materially. But such accomplishments alone have never satisfied the human spirit, whose mysterious nature inclines it towards transcendence, a reaching towards an invisible realm, towards the ultimate reality, that unknowable essence of essences called God. The religions brought to mankind by a succession of spiritual luminaries have been the primary link between humanity and that ultimate reality, and have galvanized and refined mankind's capacity to achieve spiritual success together with social progress.” ~ Bahá’í Universal House of Justice, Bahá’í World Center, Haifa, Israel, 1985

The Prophet taught that some of the requirements for peace include: renewed spirituality, elimination of racism and prejudice of all kinds, universal education, equality of women and men, reconciliation between members of different religions, and the eradication of extreme poverty, great wealth and materialism. Principles of peace and methods of nonviolent social change promoted by the Bahá’í prophets in the 1800s inspired such authors and leaders as Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi. Practices of consultation promoted by the founders of the Bahá’í Faith, and proposals to establish a world government to prevent war, foreshadowed the creation of the League of Nations, followed by the United Nations.

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