Study Groups for Youth & Adults

Bahá’ís and friends all over the world are involved in circles of study that engage with spiritual and social topics. In intimate groups, meaningful conversation can flourish, and bonds of true friendship form.

“Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.” —Bahá’u’lláh

Participants are invited to reflect on the Word of God and apply it to their lives, thus taking charge of their own spiritual development. They also build their capacity for service to humanity by training themselves to teach children’s classes, animate junior youth groups, hold devotional gatherings, and engage in other community-building endeavors of their own design.

Study circles are part of a unique and systematic form of distance education, in which local groups move through a sequence of courses (prepared by the Ruhi Institute), and in which students and facilitators participate on equal footing as collaborators in the process of learning.

The first course, Reflections on the Life of the Spirit, asks participants to deepen their understanding of a number of questions that are crucial to the human experience, including:

  • What is the purpose of life?
  • What is the nature of the soul?
  • How does the soul progress?
  • Is there life after death?
  • What is the significance and effect of prayer?
  • What is the effect of our words and deeds?

All who are drawn to explore Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings are invited to participate. Study circles are offered in many languages, and they meet in locations across the city. New study circles form frequently. If you are interested in participating, contact us!

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