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‘Abdu’l-Bahá in New Hampshire, USA – July 1912

This evening, in collaboration with neighbouring Bahá’í communities, the Bahá’í community of Maidenhead hosts a very special online gathering, a commemoration of the passing one hundred years ago of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the eldest son of Bahá’u’lláh and His appointed successor.

The life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (1844-1921), and in particular his unremitting service to humanity, has been remembered this year by Bahá’í communities around the world – from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Panama, from Alaska to Cambodia – through specially commissioned films, documentaries, exhibitions, podcasts, essays, books, songs and dramatic works.

In the Holy Land, recent special events in Haifa and ‘Akká have welcomed municipal officials, residents and faith representatives to mark the the ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá at historic sites associated with Him. The funeral of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá on 29 November 1921 was attended by some ten thousand mourners representing every class, religion and race, with tributes and eulogies from all quarters.

Bahá’í representatives from across the world attending a commemoration and conference in the Holy Land

In the Holy Land, Bahá’í representatives from the nations and regions of the world have gathered this week to attend a commemoration and conference.

In the United Kingdom, a parliamentary reception was hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Bahá’í Faith at Portcullis House, Westminster. More than 80 guests attended including Members of Parliament, and representatives of religious communities and non-governmental organisations. Guests were welcomed by Martin Vickers, MP for Cleethorpes, followed by an address by the Minister of State for Levelling Up Communities Kemi Badenoch, MP for Saffron Walden. The event was closed by Ruth Jones, MP for Newport West.

UK Parliamentary Reception

One of the many UK initiatives to mark the occasion has been a series of films with stories of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit to the UK illustrating Bahá’í principles – told by children and junior youth and released on YouTube.

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Would you like to contribute an item to any of the three programmes being organised to mark Inter Faith Week 2021 in Windsor and Maidenhead?

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The ongoing public health concerns mean that the Windsor and Maidenhead Community Forum (WAMCF) will not be organising an in-person event to mark Interfaith Week 2021. Instead, the Bahá’í Community of the Royal Borough will be hosting three interfaith gatherings online.

Each gathering will have a particular theme. They will last around 25 minutes. And they will, of course, be open to all.

Suggested contributions to the programmes are very welcome. We want to create programmes which are diverse, balanced and uplifting. And we would love to include the voices of young people!

Contributions might be prayers, readings, poems, stories, songs, chanting or music – whatever might be considered sacred or beautiful or might simply touch another’s heart.

Ideally contributions should be about three minutes duration please. We will do our best to include every suggestion (but need to make sure that we can still squeeze it all within thirty minutes at most!).

Monday 15th November Morning: 7:30am Theme: Kindness
Wednesday 17th November Evening: 7:30pm Theme: Cooperation
Friday 19th November Morning: 7:30am Theme: A New Vision for Humanity

Your ideas please by 21 October! The programmes can then be finalised so that the invitations can sent out to individuals and institutions across the Royal Borough by early November.

Please email your programme suggestions to Mike Gammage, Secretary of the Bahá’í community of Maidenhead, at: bahais.maidenhead@gmail.com

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Set up initially in response to the lockdown and the need for social distancing, online gatherings and classes have become a regular feature of Bahá’í community life.

A devotional gathering in London (all images pre-Covid-19)

In Maidenhead and across the Thames Valley there are now regular online fireside discussion evenings as well as online devotional gatherings for prayer, reflection and inspiration.

Members of the public – of whatever faith or none – are warmly invited to join the Maidenhead community’s Sunday morning devotional meetings, which start at 10:30am and lasts usually for around 40 minutes. There is no need to contribute in any way – it’s fine to simply listen. And it’s on Zoom, so it’s easy to connect.

If you’d like to join the mailing list for our Sunday morning devotionals, do please get in touch – email bahais.maidenhead@gmail.com – and you’ll receive a weekly email with the theme, the programme and the Zoom link to join.

A devotional gathering in Erdenbulgan, Mongolia

Want to find out more about devotional meetings? You might be interested to read the What Bahá’ís Do – Devotional Life section of the worldwide Bahá’í community’s website – here.

A devotional gathering at the Baha’i Centre in Lauro de Freitas, Brazil

Gather ye together with the utmost joy and fellowship and recite the verses revealed by the merciful Lord. By so doing the doors to true knowledge will be opened to your inner beings, and ye will then feel your souls endowed with steadfastness and your hearts filled with radiant joy.”

— Bahá’u’lláh

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