To mark the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK, the Bahá’í community of Maidenhead has arranged an evening to explore what Bahá’ís understand to be a vital and universal spiritual truth: the equal status of women and men. We will look at the connections between women’s equality, peace and economic prosperity.

The evening will be enriched by stories of the lives of four extraordinary women who helped to shape the early history of the Bahá’í Faith in the UK – one of them, Honor Kempton (1892-1981), born and raised in Maidenhead.

The event will be held on the evening of 18 April at St Luke’s Community Hall. More details are in the attached flyer (below). All welcome!

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2017-11-02 Bicentenary Reception - Group - captioned 2The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Councillor John Lenton, together with the Mayoress, Mrs Margaret Lenton, yesterday attended a reception to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh.

Glimpses of the many bicentenary events organised worldwide can be found on a special bicentenary website here.

Bicentenary messages from world leaders included one to the UK Bahá’í community from the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, which can be viewed here: Prime Minister to the UK Baha’i Community – 21 Oct 2017

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the Bahá’í community of Maidenhead is hosting a series of gatherings to celebrate His life.

20375620_877988782365733_5265783257453081030_nThe gatherings will open with a short devotional of prayers and readings followed by the showing of a film Light to the World commissioned for the bicentenary. The film tells the story of the life of Bahá’u’lláh and the impact of His teachings in transforming the lives of individuals and communities across the planet.

These Thursday evening gatherings, which will take place in November, are open to all.  They will be hosted in a home, so places are limited. If you would like to attend, please contact Mike Gammage, Secretary, for further details: by email bahaismaidenhead@gmail.com or by phone 01628 637801.

Members of the Maidenhead’s faith communities – together with others with no religious affiliation – this week completed a series of four discussion evenings on religion and peace.

Participants have aged from 17 to 75 years – and included agnostics as well as members of Christian, Sikh, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Quaker and Bahá’í communities.

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Organised by the Bahá’í community of Maidenhead, the evenings were hosted by St Mark’s Crescent Methodist Church.

Participants studied together and reflected upon a letter to the world’s religious leaders from the international governing body of the worldwide Bahá’í community. The letter, published in 2002, analyses the roots of religious prejudice and conflict, and sets out principles to enable organised religion to play its part in building a peaceful, just and prosperous world for all.

There is more on the letter and its impact here. The full text of the letter is available to download here .

The Bahá’í Community of Maidenhead warmly invites you to three discussion evenings next month on the topic:

One God, One Religion – World Peace. Discuss.

Religion has an extraordinary capacity to motivate human behaviour. It is capable of profoundly influencing the structure of social relationships. But it is a capacity which can be harnessed for good or ill. How can we ensure that religion is a force for peace in today’s complex world?

We invite you to join us in reading together and reflecting upon an open letter to the world’s religious leaders from the governing council of the worldwide Bahá’í community on the challenge of religious unity.

13 January             Part 1:  The barriers to religious unity

20 January             Part 2:  The historic challenge facing faith communities

27 January             Part 3:  Religion and the healing of humanity

St Mark’s Crescent Methodist Church Hall, Maidenhead | 7:30pm – 9:15pm

By kind permission of the St Mark’s Crescent Methodist Church

These events are open to people of all faiths and none. Do please come and join us. Further details can be found here.

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Representatives of the Bahá’í community of the Royal Borough had the pleasure of meeting with the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Councillor Richard Kellaway, and the Mayoress, Mrs Mary-Lou Kellaway, at a reception yesterday evening.

They were delighted to be able to present the Mayor and Mayoress with an inscribed copy of the book The Bahá’í Faith in Words and Images on behalf of the local Bahá’í community.

The Baha'i Faith In Words and imagesMaidenhead Bahá’ís are joining with other Berkshire Bahá’í communities in offering to donate copies of an exciting new book on the Bahá’í Faith to local schools.

Beautifully illustrated by acclaimed photographer Paul Slaughter, The Bahá’í Faith in Words and Images provides a fresh and unique introduction to the worldwide Bahá’í community.

The book is being offered to schools because while its design is outstanding, its co-authors are both senior academics and former editors of The Bahá’í Studies Review. So it is comprehensive and scholarly but always with an engaging and contemporary feel. And the authors do not duck the questions that many of those investigating the Faith might ask: ‘What are the qualifications for Bahá’í membership?’; ‘Can the Faith avoid major division?’; ‘How will Bahá’í organization evolve?’; ‘What will be the Bahá’í Faith’s relationship with other religions?’.

The Bahá’í Faith forms part of the Agreed RE Syllabus for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (and many other LEA areas in Berkshire and nationally).  The Bahá’í Faith  is also represented on the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education in the Royal Borough (and many other SACREs nationally).

The Maidenhead Bahá’í community is reaching out to local schools with this offer to donate.  If for some reason we’ve missed your school, do please make contact via email: bahais.maidenhead@gmail.com.

The Baha’i Faith in Words and Images

By John Danesh and Seena Fazel | Photographs by Paul Slaughter | 158pp, OneWorld Publications, 2012 | Hardcover £20 Paperback £10