What we're about

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. The principles of the Bahá’í Faith include working to unite all humanity into one universal family, eradicating racism and prejudice of all kinds, achieving equality and equal opportunity for women and men, and promoting universal education.

The Bahá’í world leaders, known as the “Universal House of Justice” stated in 1985, “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.”

We host meetings in various public spaces including the public libraries in Hillsborough County, at the Baha'i Faith Worship and Community Center of Greater Tampa, and in more intimate study groups in our homes. The meetings are variously spiritual gatherings, discussion groups, prayer meetings, and group meeting for the study of the Bahá’í Sacred Texts.

The address for the "Bahá'í Faith Worship and Community Center of Greater Tampa" is 3112 Nundy Rd; Tampa, Florida 33618. The Bahá'í community in Tampa holds spiritual gatherings (devotional or prayer meetings) with discussions and study circles every Sunday starting at 10:00 a.m. Refreshments are served after the devotional meeting, after which time, the discussion group and study circles start. Other occasional meetings are advertised on this Meetup web page as special events.

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 occasionally attending interfaith gatherings, or marching in public gatherings such as memorial parades for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Bahá’í Faith advocates for environmental protection and solutions for global warming through spiritual principles.

To learn about the Bahá’í Faith, an excellent resource is the official website of the Baháí world center,

http://www.bahai.org . To contact Bahá’ís in any locality in the U.S., call 800-22-UNITE. For information on local activities listed on the Tampa Bahá'ís Meet Up web page, call (813) 481-6872.

Upcoming events (5)

Online InterFaith Devotional to Pray for Race Unity and Justice

Please join us each Friday evening 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 as we 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://zoom.us/j/98674895665?pwd=NFNuUWQ3ODdHNjdjdllBNHV6MXl5QT09 PLUS Zoom now requires us to use a PASSWORD !! PASSWORD: unity with NO capitalization. The formal devotional lasts less than one hour. Plus we enjoy the added benefit of informal group discussion on issues of racial justice that may go on as long as the group likes, sometimes as late as 11:00 P.M. !! Please come and air any issues you wish to discuss.

Online Bahá'í Musical Sunday Devotional Hosted by Tony Ballard

Tony Ballard normally performs at the Clearwater Bahá'í Center in Florida, but more recently performs Sunday devotionals from his home. Tony is an accomplished recording artist. His first CD is available from CDBaby.com, entitled "Dawn Moth ~ Soul Goes On". He performs Sunday devotionals with readings from the writings of the Bahá'í Faith along with his own original compositions. The writings come mostly from the Bahá'í Prophet, Bahá'u'lláh. Tony's live video feed for Sunday Devotionals can be seen on Facebook.com. To access, log into your own FB page, then enter the link: https://www.facebook.com/ballard.anthony/ Next look for the icon that says "Live Video" and click on it. These videos are also saved on Tony's FB page, and can be viewed at any time after the live performance.

Online~Wednesday Evening Discussions with Dr. John Hatcher, Professor Emeritus

Dr. John S Hatcher is a Professor Emeritus of English Literature at the University of South Florida. He is currently the Editor of the Journal of Bahá’í Studies. He has started a set of weekly online meetings, during which he will give a brief presentation, followed by group discussion. Participants may stay on for as long or as little time after the presentation to participate in the group discussion as they like. The title of his next presentation will be announced several days ahead of the event. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9473845123?pwd=SDVSR2ZEOXdCQm9OWkVTZk53UTl1QT09 Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode: 1844 One tap mobile: [masked],,[masked]#,,,,,,0#,,1844# US Dial by your location: [masked] US (New York) [masked] US (Germantown) [masked] US (Chicago) [masked] US (San Jose) [masked] US (Tacoma) [masked] US (Houston) The same Zoom link will be used for all meetings in this series. For more information about Dr. Hatcher, please visit his website: https://johnshatcher.com/ For more information on the Bahá'í Faith, please visit the national and international websites: www.bahai.us www.bahai.org

Online InterFaith Devotional to Pray for Race Unity and Justice

Please join us each Friday evening 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 as we 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://zoom.us/j/98674895665?pwd=NFNuUWQ3ODdHNjdjdllBNHV6MXl5QT09 PLUS Zoom now requires us to use a PASSWORD !! PASSWORD: unity with NO capitalization. The formal devotional lasts less than one hour. Plus we enjoy the added benefit of informal group discussion on issues of racial justice that may go on as long as the group likes, sometimes as late as 11:00 P.M. !! Please come and air any issues you wish to discuss.

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