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Praying Together: The Devotional Gathering

Independent Sections
Duration
6 weeks
Weekly Study
4-6 HOURS
Dates
Nov 10-Dec 21
Register By
November 15, 2022

Image: A devotional gathering at the Bahá’í Center in Lauro de Freitas, Brazil (Bahá’í Media Bank)

Praying together is a natural part of human life and has deep roots in the world’s religious traditions. This course explores, from a Bahá’í perspective, how people from any background gathering together to worship God can enhance the devotional character of a neighborhood, evoke the spirit of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár, and enable individuals to ‘experience the sweetness of prayer, meditate upon the Creative Word, be transported on the wings of the spirit, and commune with the one Beloved’, as well as generating ‘feelings of fellowship and common cause’, and fostering ‘spiritually heightened conversations that naturally occur at such times and through which the “city of the human heart” may be opened’. The course also helps us learn how to invite our friends to attend a devotional gathering and, in due time, to accompany them as they host their own.

Based on a letter of the Universal House of Justice, 29 December 2015.

Meet Your Faculty
teacher
Wendi Momen, MBE, PhD
Governor, London School of Economics

I was born Wendy Cunningham Wirtshafter in Hollywood, California, one of the few people who can actually claim that. My parents, Buddy Worth and Carol Morris were nightclub entertainers and jazz musicians and until I went to school I did not know my real last name, only the professional one... See Faculty Bio

teacher
Dumazi Volontiya, BSc

Dumazi is of Swazi origin—from Eswastini, formerly called and still commonly known as Swaziland. He grew up in Zimbabwe, then Rhodesia, under colonial rule. During his childhood Dumazi and his family witnessed and were impacted by the Zimbabwean War of Independence when white colonialists attempted to maintain an apartheid state... See Faculty Bio

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