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Want to explore a shared vision of a possible unified future life together with a marriage partner.
Wondering whether you can be successful together in marriage? This course is for you.
Take steps towards looking for the right life partner and identifying your path of service in your marriage.
Bahá’u’lláh wrote: "Enter into wedlock, O people, that ye may bring forth one who will make mention of Me amid My servants. This is My bidding unto you; hold fast to it as an assistance to yourselves."
While this IS NOT marriage therapy, the units in this course can help refine and identify areas to work on in an existing marriage.
Course Introduction and Goals
There is no set system for this marriage preparation process that applies to everyone. Rather there are principles to understand and apply to your lives.
These principles will help you act in healthy and noble ways with your friendship, collaboration, and joyful service. Marriage is a vital institution for a healthy global society, so learning how to approach it well is vital.
Communication involves talking or writing, listening, observing each other's body language, reflecting, and responding constructively to all of it from your mind, heart, and soul.
None of this is easy to learn to do well! However, the quality of your interactions helps you build and maintain unity and connection. Successful consultation requires excellent communication skills.
Courtship is a time to explore and share a variety of experiences and discussions that help you determine what you value and believe. You will see whether you have a unified vision for your potential future life together.
One aspect of this exploration is your spiritual practices. The Bahá’í teachings place strong emphasis on service to others as a spiritual practice.
Within a relationship, this includes service to each other and your families.
The unity between men and women is an essential foundation for a marriage.
You will strive to understand and determine ways to carry out the Bahá’í teachings on gender equality that affect both men and women.
Your particular focus will be consulting about how to create a family that includes children and how to manage a home.
You will explore your history with money, how you manage your financial affairs, and how the two of you together intend to approach money in marriage.
If you go forward into marriage, you will likely turn to family, friends, and financial advisers to help you. We won't teach you the specifics here.
The focus is on what influences your money management and what principles you would use together as a foundation for your financial decisions.
At various points in your courtship, the possibility of marrying one another arises.
As it does, you can assess your level of agreement about key topics and behavior and your state of readiness to move forward.
There comes a time to make a decision: Are you ready to make the commitment to marry each other?
You may be at a point where you realize you are great together and decide individually and together that you want to take this crucial step.
Your work in this Unit will include understanding the implications of unity between members of a couple's families.
Working towards marriage in courtship is a time for prospective spouses to thoroughly know each other.
They learn about each other's character and their ability to maintain harmony and carry out consultation effectively between them.
Marriage also connects two families together, and parental consent is required for a Baha’i to marry.
We welcome our trained and experienced Wilmette Institute Faculty. Our instructors for this course include:
A: The course is primarily designed for couples who are talking about marriage. However, it can also be a good opportunity for an individual or group of friends to discuss what a future courtship for them could be like.
A: This course focuses you on many of the practical aspects of marriage, so engaged couples will find it quite valuable.
Once you are registered for a course, you have “forever” access to the course content as well as the special resource pages. It’s like having ongoing relationship and marriage support!
Are you a parent or representative of a Baha'i Institution and are interested in the topics of courtship and marriage? We encourage you to participate if you want to support healthy and happy marriages in others.
A: There are quotations from the Baha’I teachings throughout the course, so participants will need to have an interest in studying these. However, the faculty has done their best to have the course be friendly for relationship partners and individuals of any Faith.
A: This is quite common. If someone is not registered, they cannot post on the Forums, but it is fine if you study the materials with them off-line.
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Individuals wanting to self register.
Group + 1st member;
2nd member of group,
up to 20
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