Tacoma/Pierce County Baha'i Cluster WA19

Study Circles

Study Circles are regular gatherings of people interested in an in-depth and systematic study of the Bahá'í Writings. The purpose of this study is to gain a deeper understanding of the Holy Word, begin to comprehend the meanings and then find ways to apply the Word to our lives through spiritual transformation and service to humanity.  Study Circles are open to everyone.

The frequency and duration of each study circle are set by the group, and a facilitator serves to maintain the focus and pace. Every participant in the group also makes a commitment to action or service.

[International Baha'i website - bahai.org - Life of the Spirit]

Book 1
Reflections on the Life of the Spirit

This course has three main purposes for the participants:

bullet understanding the Bahá'í Writings in order to fulfill the obligation of studying the Writings every day
bullet developing the required attitudes toward prayer, and acquiring the habit of memorizing them
bullet understanding that the true significance of life is to be found in the development of the soul

Book 2
Arising to Serve

Focuses on skills and abilities for specific acts of service all related to expansion and consolidation, including:

bullet understanding that the joy of teaching is in the very act of sharing with others the Word of God
bullet developing the capability of sharing a number of deepening themes, including giving presentations on Bahá'í themes
bullet assisting participants to acquire the ability to introduce Bahá'í ideas into a conversation

Book 3
Teaching Children's Classes Grade 1

Helps individuals who wish to undertake the highly meritorious service of teaching regular classes for the spiritual education of children. The Ruhi book, Reflections on the Life of the Spirit, is a suggested prerequisite. Lessons are geared for preschool and elementary children.

Book 3A
Teaching Children's Classes Grade 2

The second in a series of the Ruhi Books about the spiritual education of children and youth, and in some ways, is a continuation of Book 3. There are 30 lessons: first 15 focus on spiritual qualities, second 15 are more challenging and evolve around a theme related to The Báb or Baha'u'llah.

Book 4
Twin Manifestations

The three units in this Ruhi course are devoted to helping participants acquire a thorough and systematic knowledge of the lives of The Báb and Baha'u'llah. There is an equal emphasis on the insights offered into spiritual matters as well as the knowledge conveyed about the history of the Faith. Importance is given to the ability to narrate the stories of The Báb and Bahá'u'lláh in a way that touches the listener's heart.

  Book 5
Raising Up Annimater of Junior Youth Groups
(only available in pre-publication)

Book 6
Teaching the Cause

Embarks on an in-depth exploration of the subject of teaching including:

bullet understanding that teaching is an act of spiritual significance, involving attention to one's inner condition
bullet reflecting on the qualities and attitudes of a teacher of the Cause and engaging in activity
bullet becoming familiar with some approaches and methods of teaching endeavors and collective campaigns and designing and implementing their own personal teaching plan

Book 7
Walking Together on a Path of Service

Prepares individuals to function as tutors of Ruhi study circles. The purposes include: raising awareness of the spiritual dynamics of advancing along a path of service to the Cause and increasing understanding of the forces at work; examining some of the concepts, attitudes, skills and abilities that contribute to the capability of a tutor and appreciating the role of artistic endeavors in the activity of study circles.

Prerequisite: Reflections on the Life of the Spirit. Books 2 & 6 also recommended. Note that in addition to tutor training, tutors must personally complete any given course in the sequence prior to offering it as a study circle.

If you are interested in taking any one of the the courses listed, please contact us.