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 basic principles of the Faith include the following:

One God, manifested in all major world religions
The oneness of humankind
Independent investigation of truth
The essential harmony of science and religion
Equality of women and men
Elimination of racism and prejudice of all kinds
Universal compulsory education
Spiritual solutions to economic problems
A universal auxiliary language
Universal peace upheld by a world federation

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.

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New Persian Website ~ Learn about Abdu'l-Baha, Son of Baha'u'llah

To all Persian-speaking
Bahá’ís in the United States [And Persian Speakers not yet Bahá’ís]

Dear Bahá’í Friends,
As we advance through the current ...[year of the centenary of the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá] with "…profound reflection on the life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá," we are delighted to inform you of the launch of a new website, Ganje Penhan (www.ganjepenhan.com), which aims to introduce the beloved Master to Iranians as a "Hidden Treasure." Developed as an individual initiative of a few Bahá’ís, the website presents a constructive response to the relentless attempts of the Iranian authorities, over the past century and a half, to subvert and hide the unifying teachings of Bahá’u’lláh and the indisputable contributions of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá toward advancing that country to a glorious future. Now that most Iranians of every walk of life are awakening to the unjust treatment of Bahá’ís at the hands of the Faith’s adversaries, and are desperately searching for solutions to transform the future of that blessed country, it is propitious to offer ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as a unique Exemplar, a true lover of Iran and all humankind, and a prodigious spiritual and intellectual Figure who unfurled the "secret of divine civilization" not only for Iran, but for the entire human race.

This website—with its diversity of articles, videos, and podcasts—introduces ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s writings on peace, science and religion, moral philosophy, education, justice, art, and foundations of social progress, among many other themes. Its message is presented in a language that is easily understandable by the rank and file of Iranians. Most importantly, however, the website strives to reveal a Hidden Treasure of Iranian descent, Whose profound impact on Iran and the world is yet to be fully recognized and appreciated.
While this website does not intend to teach the Bahá’í Faith, it provides Persian believers with a most suitable means to share ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s insights, teachings, and principles with their families, friends, and the larger Iranian society, with the hope that His healing message will be a source of inspiration, progress, and prosperity for a country that for too long has been deprived of the blessing of knowing about Him.
With loving Bahá’í greetings,

Kenneth E. Bowers
Secretary
National Spiritual Assembly
of the Bahá’ís of the United States

This is not an event. You may go to the website and view videos and photos of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá at your leisure, anytime. It was necessary to set it up this way to get it on Meetup.com, but AnyRoad, AnyTown, AnyState, 91919, AnyCountry is wherever you live. This is such important news, we wanted to share it any way we could, to help the people of Iran, where the Faith was born, because their government is not allowing them any information about the Bahá'í Faith or its founding members, the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh, and its perfect exemplar and guardian, Abdu’l-Bahá’.

Online ~ Brandon Bahá'í Faith and Spirituality Discussion Group

Brandon Bahá'í Faith and Spirituality Discussion Group Meeting, Tampa Bay area ****

An open discussion group to answer questions about the Bahá'í Faith and discuss spiritual matters. *

Sponsored by the Bahá’ís of Eastern Hillsborough County **

Facilitated by Bill and Lori Wilson, the THIRD TUESDAY of Each Month**

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

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“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 ~ Wednesday Evening Talks with Dr. John Hatcher, Professor Emeritus

Dr. John S Hatcher is a Professor Emeritus of English Literature at the University of South Florida. He was the Editor of the Journal of Bahá’í Studies until his recent retirement. He has started a set of online meetings, which are held every SECOND Wednesday, 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.

New topics will be announced several days before the presentation.

Class 55 on “The Constantinople Period of the Exile of Bahá'u'lláh" will be offered Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, 8:00 PM, EST.

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Bahá'u'lláh was exiled from His home, in Tehran, Persia (now Iran), in January of 1853. This began a lengthy journey as He was exiled from country to country as His opponents attempted to silence Him. He finally arrived in Akká, Israel, in 1868, where He lived until His Ascension in 1892.

"After 40 years in prison, Bahá'u'lláh—repeatedly persecuted, exiled, jailed and tortured for his progressive teachings—passed away in 1892. Forced out of Persia by its despotic ruler and successively banished to Baghdad in 1852; then exiled from Baghdad to Constantinople in 1863; then to Adrianople (now Edirne) in 1867; and finally to the prison-city of Acre (Akká) in Palestine (now Israel) later in 1868; Bahá'u'lláh ultimately spent more than half his life as a prisoner of conscience. The rulers of the Ottoman Empire subjected Bahá'u'lláh to four decades of cruel and unusual punishment—not for any crime, but for promulgating the peaceful principles of a new religion, the Bahá’í Faith, which boldly challenged the orthodoxy and the power structure of the existing corrupt governmental and religious order." https://bahaiteachings.org/ascension-of-bahaullah-prisoner-of-conscience/

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For more information about Dr. Hatcher, please visit his website:
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If you miss any of these presentations when they aired live on Zoom, you may watch them at your convenience on Youtube.com. Links for all of these YouTube.com recordings as well as a list and synopsis of each of them can be found on Dr. Hatcher's 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 ~ Wednesday Evening Talks with Dr. Hatcher

Online event

Dr. John S Hatcher is a Professor Emeritus of English Literature at the University of South Florida. He was the Editor of the Journal of Bahá’í Studies until his recent retirement. He has started a set of online meetings, which are held every Wednesday, 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.

New topics will be announced several days before the presentation.

Class 54 on “The Journey to Constantinople”

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022

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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/

If you miss any of these presentations when they aired live on Zoom, you may watch them at your convenience on Youtube.com. Links for all of these YouTube.com recordings as well as a list and synopsis of each of them can be found on Dr. Hatcher's 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

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