In neighbourhoods, villages, suburbs and cities across the world, Baha’is are engaged in a grassroots development process endeavouring to weave a rich tapestry of community life.
Inspired by concepts enshrined in Baha’i teachings, individuals are involved in participatory service alongside families, neighbours, friends and colleagues. This service seeks to foster and balance the spiritual, moral, intellectual and social betterment of the communities we live in.
Animated by the principle of the oneness of humanity a range of activities is open to people of all ages and backgrounds who desire to bring about unified, constructive change.
Community building activities create spaces for meaningful conversations, devotional and meditation gatherings, youth and adult study circles which building capacity for service, children’s classes and a junior youth spiritual empowerment programme.
In these engaging, collaborative grassroots spaces; an integrated learning process of study, reflection, consultation and action is fostered. This dynamic process and the insights gained contribute to an inclusive, ever-expanding discourse on individual and social transformation to advance the well-being of local communities.
Released in April 2013, the documentary film below, Frontiers of Learning, explores the efforts of Baha’i communities on four continents and the processes of community building underway in thousands of localities worldwide.
Gold Coast Baha’is help to build a vibrant community life by hosting regular devotional and meditation gatherings in their neighbourhoods. Read more …
Gold Coast Baha’is, along with thousands of communities across the globe, are engaged in a decentralized, participatory approach to learning how to apply spiritual and moral principles and virtues to build communities.
The purpose of Baha’i study circles is to provide participants with the knowledge, spiritual insights, attitudes and skills to contribute to the betterment of the world, starting with the neighbourhoods we live in. Read more …
Children are the most precious treasure a community can possess, for in them is the promise and guarantee of the future. Developing spiritual and moral capacities in children is fundamental to their own happiness and the constructive advancement of the world.
Baha’i Education in State Schools (BESS)
Gold Coast Baha’is provide Baha’i education classes in public primary schools under the “Special Religious Education” or “Scripture” program. There are currently thirty-four BESS classes. Read more ….
The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program is a global education programme for 12 to 15 year olds seeking to develop the potential of young people to take charge of their own intellectual and moral development as human beings and contribute to the transformation of their neighbourhoods and communities. Junior youth participate in the programme as members of small community-based groups (known as a junior youth group) that are guided by a trained older youth or young adult referred to as an animator. Read more …