|3 years ago :: Feb 17, 2012 - 3:40PM #1|
Troy Interfaith Group, March 5, 2012, Introduction to the Reform Bahai Faith
Many of you know that members of the Reform Bahai Faith in Michigan have been participating for a couple of years in the monthly meetings of the local Troy Interfaith Group, at Christian Protestant and Catholic Churches, Mosques, Gurdwara, Hindu Temple, and Unitarian Universalist Churches, among others.
Frederick Glaysher, a member of the Reform Bahai Faith in Rochester, Michigan, will be the featured speaker on the Reform Bahai Faith at the Troy Interfaith Group on March 5, 2012, 7:00 to 8:30 PM, held at
Northminster Presbyterian Church
3633 W. Big Beaver Road (second church just east of Adams Road)
Troy Michigan 48084
Mr. Glaysher has been a member of the Reform Bahai Faith since 1976 and is the editor of The Universal Principles of the Reform Bahai Faith, available through the Reform Bahai Press reformbahai.org/Reform_Bahai_Press.html and other online book sellers. He holds two degrees from the University of Michigan, with course work in religious studies and has taught world religions at the college level. His personal website and info may be found at fglaysher.com/about.html
Mark your calendar! Hope you can make it!
|3 years ago :: Mar 06, 2012 - 8:15PM #2|
Introduction to the Reform Bahai Faith. Delivered at the Troy Interfaith Group on March 5, 2012.
"To be a Bahai simply means to love all the world; to love humanity and try to serve it;
"O people of the world, ye are all the fruit of one tree, and the leaves of one branch." --Baha'u'llah
"Consort ye, O people, with the followers of all religions with joy and fragrance." --Baha'u'llah
"'Glory is not his who loves his native land; but glory is his who loves his kind.' By these exalted Words He taught the birds of souls a new flight and effaced restriction and blind imitation from the Book." --Abdul-Baha quoting Baha'u'llah
"The Bahai Movement is not an organization. You cannot organize the Bahai Movement. The Bahai Movement is the spirit of the age. It is the essence of all the highest ideals of this century. The Bahai Cause is an inclusive movement. The teachings of all religions and societies are found here." --Abdul-Baha
"This movement is not an organization—it is the realization of a new spirit. The foundation of that spirit is the love of God; and its method, the love and service of mankind. Many who have never heard of this revelation teach its laws and spiritual truths." --Abdul-Baha
"It is the wish of Abdul-Baha that the friends may establish general unity and not a particular meeting of unity. You must have great consideration for this fact, for during the past cycles though such events (founding of particular, i. e., exclusive unity meetings) were, in the beginning, a means for harmony, they became in the end the cause of trouble." --Abdul-Baha
"There are no officers in this Cause. I do not and have not 'Appointed' anyone to perform any special service, but I encourage everyone to engage in the service of the Kingdom. The foundation of this Cause is pure spiritual democracy and not a theocracy." --Abdul-Baha
"People think religion is confined in an edifice, to be worshiped at an altar. In reality it is an attitude toward divinity which is reflected through life." --Abdul-Baha
"You can be a Bahai-Christian, a Bahai-Freemason, a Bahai-Jew, a Bahai-Muhammadan." --Abdul-Baha
"These are effectual and sufficient proofs that the conscience of man is sacred and to be respected; and that liberty thereof produces widening of ideas, amendment of morals, improvement of conduct, disclosure of the secrets of creation, and manifestation of the hidden verities of the contingent world." --Abdul-Baha
1893, "Treatise on Leadership," Abdul-Baha. Separation of church and state.
Early Reform Bahais:
Ruth White, author of several books. Mirza Ahmad Sohrab, Abdul-Baha's secretary for eight years, author of several books. Julia Chandler, Bahai from a prominent American family. Jenabe Fazel Mazandarani, Bahai scholar on universal religion.
Reform Bahai Faith