First Event...The Unity Committee met on April 9th and established the 200th Anniversary Celebration Committee and Start the Countdown!
Clay County had their first event for the 200th Celebration. We held the Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh at 3:00 a.m then followed their event by going out to breakfast
Clay County will be hosting a Social Event at the Conrad home at 12 p.m. We will be cooking out and will doing some water fun. Bring the kids for swimming and some boating fun. The kids will get to go tubing and swimming.
Come help us celebrate the start of the 200 celebrations for the cluster.
Please give Lucy Conrad a call or Rowena Robinson for directions
The Teacher Appreciation Brunch occurred on May 28th and offered a wonderful teaching experience to academic educators!
A lovely evening discussing, " the effect of music on the human soul" was held on Saturday June 3rd. We had 19 friends join us. We also enjoyed the musical talents of cello, piano and karaoke and dancing together.
A Spiritual Conversation is held every Thursday with a Group of Community in Jacksonville discussing different topics regarding the betterment of world.
We are having a great time at the Conrad home Cooking Out, Swimming in the pool, and a Day of Boating and Tubing! The kids are having a blast!
Come on out and have some fun!
5 events in June :
06/02/17 Friday night study circle
06/09/17 Friday night study circle
06/16/17 Friday night Study circle
06/23/17 Friday night study circle
06/30/17 Friday night study circle
So far, in month of June, 5 events have been held at various homes where dozens of Baha'is and a couple of friends of the Faith have been gathering to study Baha'i scared scriptures and Some Answered Questions of Abdul-Baha.
06/17/17 Mona's day at Toastmasters
On this day, the story of Mona Mahmoodnejad, the 17 year old martyr of Shiraz, was shared at Toast of Jax Toastmasters club on the occasion of the anniversary of her execution for her love of Baha'u'llah. The teaching of the Baha'i Faith were mentioned with emphasis on the spiritual significance of one's life.
Unity Feast held on Saturday June 24th to commemorate the start of the #200thAnniversary Celebration of Birth of Baha'u'llah at Jacksonville Baha'i Center.
Unity Candles created by Afsaneh Baghai, Kathy Esfahani, Kristi Mansouri, and Rowena Robinson for Fundraiser for 200thAnniversary Celebration. The candles were displayed at Unity Feast and still available for sale as Fund Raiser for celebration on 2ooth Anniversary web page.
Wonderful custom Name Tags that can be used for all Events were displayed as Fundraiser at Unity Feast. For more information, contact Beth Hoffman or send message on contact us on Home page.
Unity Prayer Breakfast started with Prayer session at Jacksonville beach at Sunrise on 6/25/17 which was broadcast LIVE on Facebook page. Nine members attended followed by breakfast and fellowship at Famous Toastery.
The video was inspiring! Great and important event. Thank you.
An act of service in honor of Baha'u'llah's 200th Birthday. Spent a 2 hour volunteer shift at K-9 for Warriors.
Will attend Southern Flame Baha'i School this weekend and transport a dear Baha'i Youth that Clay County LSA has generously sponsored.
We attended Southern Flame Baha'i School and helped transport Sara to join the Youth Program at Fruitland Park.
As a follow-up to session on Race Unity at Southern Flame Baha'i School, Elham organized the attendees for a session to follow-up on a series of events to be held at UNF and at the Jacksonville Baha'i Center topics of general interest for the entire community. Details of these events will be posted on the Calendar on the home page.
Started a study of the history of religions today with a friend who lives in my neighborhood. Will have another discussion on Monday.
In honor of Baha'u'llah's 200th birthday, we helped serve dinner to the homeless of St. Augustine tonight with a group of neighbors as part of the Dining with Dignity program..
1. Performed Outreach into Community of Desert Winds to seek Animators for Children's and Junior Youth Classes with May and Ashlin.
2. Started program to Tutor some of these volunteers in community to assist in Children's program conducted in this neighborhood.
Attended a devotional meeting at the home of Mrs. Ashdji this afternoon with Dale, John, Beth, Handly, Erika, Estey, Farid and Mrs. Ashdji's caregiver, Tiffany. Said prayers and enjoyed the company of wonderful Baha'is.
We had a great combined children and junior youth group gathering at Desert Winds Apartments on June 24 th. They studied a quote about hope. We read a story called One Seed about believing in oneself and persevering in spite of other's criticism. The seed's refrain was. "I can do it. Just watch me. " The junior youth and older children acted out some of the parts.
While the younger children colored, the older chilren and junior youth read about setting goals and hope. They wrote down their hopes for the future and shared them with each other.
Ashlin Quintana, Alice Thaggard and I returned to Desert Winds apartment to begin studying the youth conference material with youth in the neighborhood. We met in the apartment of one of the youth. Ashlin led the discussion with the four neighborhood youth. They were very enthusiastic and animated during the discussion of the material. They want to become children class teachers or animators in their neighborhood.
On 7/8 hosted a devotional meeting at our home where among other elevated conversations, the March 1, 2017 letter from the Universal House of Justice was shared and discussed with 8 neighbors, 6 of whom were friends of the Faith.
I proclaimed the Faith to my physical therapist during a session.
At their request, we donated 10 books on the Baha'i Faith to the UNF interfaith Library. Also, left Invitation Cards to the Birth of Baha'ullah October 21st Celebration for Students and Staff.
We had a Unity Twin Birth Planning Committee and planned multiple Outreach events for the community.
13 people from Jacksonville, St John's County, and Clay attended.
Details will be posted in website home page soon!
This evening five of us gathered for prayer at our regular monthly devotional at Maria Edwards' house! Followed by social time and a great dinner together.
Ashlin Quintana, Ruthanne Wing, Mina and I spent the week with Inee & May from the Institute at Dessert Winds approaching Junior Youth and Youth about starting a new Junior Youth Group in the neighborhood. Several residents of the community were identified as potential animators for neighborhood classes. Teh week culminated wiith a Children's class Saturday with Ruthanne, Shyam and I teaching 12 children and Mina leading a junior Youth Group with 5 junior youth.
Wow! We need some of this in Nassau County. So glad this is happening in Dessert Winds!
I received calls from two different individuals responding to the "Movie Night" announcement in the Fernandina Beach News Leader! Both will attend.
Movie Night last night was a first time in a more "public" place. Arranged by some Friends of the Faith! The movie was gripping, the conversation good, the food great. And the best part was meeting two new people (who are now on our list of regular invitees,) both of whom learned about it from our newspaper announcement, and enjoyed the evening!
St John's County kicked off a 200th Anniversay Event for Food Drive for Homeless for St Francis Center initiated by Lynn Paul. The goal is to collect 200 items to donate.
Went on a travel teaching trip to Gainesville last weekend. A wonderful experience meeting new Baha'is, reviewing the Holy Words, and talking about Baha'u'llah with Friends of the Faith.
What movie did you see?
Sorry, thought my comment was going to show under Bonnie's entry regarding their movie night. Just wondered about the movie. Which movie and how did you choose it?
An act of service in honor of Baha'u'llah's 200th Birthday. Spent a 2 hour volunteer shift at K-9 for Warriors on 7/31/16.
ATC met 8/12 and planned Multiple Teaching Teams for the 200th Celebration. Dinner & Dialogue on Race Unity to be held at UNF in September.
Over 40 people attended.
July 26th on Wednesday evenings Robert Thaggard, Lynn & Larry Paul, Holly Hendry, Harold Clemons (married couple, friends of the faith) & I meet to do a Ruhi Book 1. Last 2 sessions memorization cards were introduced to help with memorizing quotes. I gave them their own memorization booklet and when they memorize a quote by the end of the class they received a card with their quote printed on it that goes in their personal booklet. By the completion of Book 1 their booklet will be filled with all the memorizations they have accomplished from book one. They have been so excited with the memorization each week, Holly told me Harold has his booklet propped up in the bathroom to work on his memorization every day! He is so excited!
WE had 31 people volunteer to give blood yesterday. Unfortunately not all qualified. However; 23 were able to donate, 4 of which donated double Red Blood Cell. Including one donation in previous week at local OneBoold facility, you have donated 28 units. We are well under way to reach our goal of 200. For those who could not donate due to low blood iron please make sure to start taking your Iron pills a week before the next blood drive on October 15th.
Thank you all.
Delivered 106 non perishable food items to St. Francis House last Wednesday, a shelter for the homeless in St. Augustine. Donations were made by members of the St.Johns County Baha'i Community. We are well on our way to our 200 items or more goal! Left a note with a quote from Baha'u'llah and stating the donation was made in honor of His 200 birthday. Will continue to collect until we meet or exceed our goal! Thanks to all who donated!!
A Race Unity Teaching Team has been formed to address this most challenging issue in the United States in response to the letter of February 25, 2017 from our National Spiritual Assembly. We have met 3 times to discuss how we will move forward. Members of various communities have joined, so it is a Cluster-wide initiative. Please let Nora K., Johanna R. or myself know if you would like to join this team!
On August 5 attended a devotional meeting with neighbors addressing the issue of the equality of men and women. Wonderful discussion with special friends.
On 9/2 hosted another devotional meeting with neighbors. Discussed the race issue in America and heard a talk from a neighbor about Church World Services, a worldwide relief initiative. Very uplifting discussion.
Dinner & Dialogue on Race Unity held at UNF with capacity crowd at Student Union Meeting Room.
Children's Class with over 10 students and Junior Youth class with over 6 youths held at Desert Winds today.
Please join The Baha'is of Nassau County in this Dance for Universal Peace on Saturday, Sept 30 on Amelia Island.
This is one of our pre-events leading into our Bicentenary Celebration.
No dance experience necessary. All dances and songs will be taught on site.
This is a non-denominational event- we dance for Unity and Peace.
This is a FREE event (donations will be accepted to cover the travel costs for the musicians and the Dance leader, Diana Kanoy (her website is http://www.peacockparadise.org/)
This is a preview to the songs we will be learning and dancing with each other....
Soar Toward the One
Toward the one, Toward the one
United with all, United with all
The illuminated souls, Illuminated Souls
We soar toward the one
Ya Bahá’u’l Abhá Yaa Ali-yul Allah
Yaa Baha’u’l Abha Yaa Ali-yul Allah
Each line twice: English, Arabic, Hebrew
Peace be with you and with you be peace.
As-salaam aleikum Waleikum as-salaam
Shalom aleihem, Aleihem Shalom
Om hum, so hum
Children of the Earth Tribe
Children of the earth tribe rise up.
Children of the earth tribe rise up now.
Some say Namaste, some say mitakuye oyasin
Some say om, some say shalom.
We all call mother earth our home.
Protect her, respect her, We all affect her
Let All Associate
Let all associate therefore In this great human garden
Even as flowers grow & blend together, Side by side
Love ye all religions and all races with a
Love that is true - True & sincere
& show that love thru deeds, & show that love
May the blessings of God rest upon you
May God’s peace abide with you
May God’s presence illuminate your heart
Now and forever more
Dinner & Dialogue held on 9/22 at UNF with room filled.
Wonderful Canvas for Unity Art Project held on 9/24 at Center. 200 Canvases passed out for participants. Looking forward to compiling a beautiful mural to be displayed at Baha'i Center.
Celebration Planning and Lunch held at Baha'i Center on 9/30/17. 13 participants joined in helping plan the 200 Celebrations events.
Attended another devotional meeting with neighbors. Group has been named Many Candles One Light. Spoke about the definition of a Prophet. Enlightening conversation with friends from our neighborhood. Hosting is now being shared among 4 couples. Meetings are being held once a month.
Delivered another 99 items of unexpired, non-perishable food items to St. Francis House. This food drive was sponsored by the St. Johns County Baha'i community to honor the 200th birthday of Baha'u'llah. We have now exceeded our goal of 200 items to help feed the homeless and others in need. We are still collecting items to see how far we can exceed our goal!
Neighborhood School held at Desert Winds on 10/7/17. We had several tutors and teachers attend allowing for THREE Classes of children under 8, children 8-11, and Junior Youth Class. Thanks to all who participated.
On four different occasions i started talking with my colleagues that we have a very important event coming up in our Center, which led to Q/A about Baha'u'llah and the Baha'i faith , 1 of them showed interest in learning more and really excited.
Baha'i Unity Committee of North Florida