Study groups develop capacity in community development, which are multiplying rapidly throughout the world, are gatherings of people from all background who are interested in an in-depth, systematic moral, intellectual and spiritual study. It starts with the individual's recognition that there is more to life than material gain, that we are spiritual beings and that our greatest happiness truly is in helping humanity. All participants arrive at a better understanding on their purpose in life and many discover ways to improve their own lives and the lives of those around them. Such a transformational process requires skills and training. That's where the study groups come in.
Baha’is are actively engaged in developing knowledge, skills, and spiritual insights through spiritual development on various topics. They – with their neighbours from all walks of life and of all religions or faiths – learn to act more effectively towards the betterment of humankind and serving the needs of the community and the larger society. Participants in these courses learn, for example, to start their own children's class, to engage in community building initiatives, to assist and empower others to independently investigate spiritual truths, to learn how to competently express one’s views, and to engage oneself in serving the broader needs of society for unity, justice, and equality.
The participants often experience a new sense of direction in life, better relationships with family and friends, and a fruitful re-evaluation of the contribution one can make to the wider community. Regardless of your ideas, views, beliefs, spirituality, religion, culture, or background everyone is welcome, as we are, after all, all members of one human family. There's no charge to attend these study groups. The frequency, schedule and duration of each study are set by the group, and a facilitator serves to maintain the focus and pace.
If you would like to find out more about study groups and want to meet over a cup of tea or coffee to discuss how together we could make our community a better place, then why not get in touch.