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 800-909-7460.

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Brandon Bahá'í Faith and Spirituality Discussion Group Meeting in Valrico

Brandon Bahá'í Faith and Spirituality Discussion Group Meeting in Valrico **** 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 **** We will meet at the home of a Local Bahá'í family in Valrico (Brandon area). Call[masked] for Directions and Information “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.

Brandon Baha'is' Study Circle: ~ The Lives of the Prophet-Founders of the Faith

Home of a Bahá'í Family in Riverview

You are Invited to Enroll in a Study Circle for Book 4 of the Bahá’í Ruhi Institute “The Twin Manifestations” ** Our Next Meeting is January 25, 2019, Friday, 6:30 P.M. ** In the Home of a Bahá’í Family in Riverview, FL ** For Directions and Information Call[masked] ** A new series of small group meetings will be starting on January 11, 2019 to study the Bahá’í Faith at the home of a Bahá’í family in Riverview, FL. A formal course of study developed by the Bahá’í Ruhi Institute, this series of group meetings will focus on the 4th in the series of study books from the Ruhi Institute, entitled “the Twin Manifestations”. This book focuses on the lives of the two Prophet-Founders of the Baha'i Faith, the Báb, the Prophet-Herald, and Bahá’u’lláh, known as the Twin Manifestations. The study circle will discuss Their lives, station and teachings. Included is a section about "the greatness of this day." Lessons delineate purpose, ideas, exercises and practice necessary to acquire a basic set of knowledge regarding the twin Prophet-Founders of the Bahá’í Faith (The Ruhi Foundation,[masked]). ** This Bahá’í study circle will be limited to nine (9) members to allow all members to participate in group discussions, and will meet on the 2nd and 4th Friday evenings of each month at 6:30 P.M. The duration of the study circle will depend on the interests of the group members and how rapidly they choose to move through individual lessons, but is anticipated to require a commitment of several months of bi-weekly meetings. There is no charge for participation. This study circle will be designed with lessons on a level appropriate for adults.** We will alternate the meetings between Riverview and the home of a family in Valrico, to be announced. ** While it is best to start with the first book in the series of Ruhi Institute books and progress through the series, it is possible to participate in this study circle without having completed the previous books. There are neither tests nor quizzes, neither is there any grade assigned to participants, but rather it is up to the individual to decide how much effort he or she chooses to put into the study and practice outside of the meetings in terms of reading, memorizing and exercises. ** The study circle will be facilitated by Bill and Lori Wilson, who are both trained in tutoring the full series of Ruhi Institute Books. ** For the statement of purpose and methods of the Ruhi Institute, please visit www.ruhi.org/institute/index.php

Tampa Baha'is ~ Please Join Us for Dinner, Presentation, Discussion

Baha'i Faith Worship and Community Center of Greater Tampa

Your Loving Hosts, Pouran and Ardeshir Dean Invite You to ~ MEETING OF THE MINDS ** A Series of Spiritual Gatherings Held the Last Saturday of Each Month** With Dinner, Presentation and Discussion** Guest Speaker: To Be Announced** Topic for This Month: To Be Announced** Description: To Be Announced * * 6:30 P.M. Delicious Complimentary Dinner is Served * * 7:30 P.M. Guest Speaker to Enlighten our Hearts and Minds * * 8:30 P.M. International Desserts, Tea &Coffee Social and Fellowship * Tampa Bahá’í Faith Worship and Community Center 3112 Nundy Rd, Tampa, FL 33618 For Information call: (800)[masked]

A Spiritual Gathering: "Exploring Faith & Spiritual Reality in the Modern World"

Bloomingdale Regional Public Library

Exploring Faith & Spiritual Reality in the Modern World, A Bahá’í Perspective A Monthly Series held on the first Sunday of Each Month in 2017, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Topic: "TBD" Bloomingdale Regional Public Library 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. Valrico, FL 33596 For Information on local Bahá'í activities, call[masked] Please join us for prayers, discussion and meditation. All faiths are welcome. Bahá’ís throughout the world strive to give expression to the oneness of humanity by seeking to eliminate racial prejudice, advance the equality of women and men, to build vibrant spiritual communities that reflect the human family in all its diversity and to contribute to the advancement of material and spiritual civilization. ~National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the U.S. “Ye dwell in one world, and have been created through the operation of one Will. Blessed is he who mingleth with all men in a spirit of utmost kindliness and love.” ~ Bahá'u'lláh For additional information about the Bahá’í Faith, please visit: www.bahai.us Or call[masked]-UNITE [masked]) Visitors to the Shrine of the Báb, Bahá'í World Center, Haifa, Israel

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