Grief and sorrow do not come to us by chance, they are sent to us by the Devine Mercy for our own perfecting. While man is happy he may forget his God; but when grief comes and sorrows overwhelm him, then will he remember his Father who is in Heaven, and who is able to deliver him from his humiliations.— 'Abdu'l-Bahá
Tuesdays • 7:00PM – 8:00PM [Beginning again in September!]
Did you know our Farsi Basic class has just finished the Alphabet? With some basic words included they are moving along. Speak Farsi and want to help? Discover who is in the class and strike up a conversation, in Farsi! Our students at just eager to develop their skills!
[We are taking a break until Labor Day, but the Students will need to keep their skills sharp!]
The Bahá’í Faith is the youngest of the world’s independent monotheistic religions. Founded in Iran in 1844, it now has more than five million adherents in 236 countries and territories. Bahá’ís come from nearly every national, ethnic and religious background, making the Bahá’í Faith the second-most-widespread religion in the world.
Bahá’ís view the world’s major religions as a part of a single, progressive process through which God reveals His will to humanity. Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892), the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, is recognized as the most recent in a line of Divine Messengers that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad.
The central theme of Bahá’u’lláh’s message is that humanity is one single race and that the day has come for humanity’s unification into one global society. While reaffirming the core ethical principles common to all religions, Bahá’u’lláh also revealed new laws and teachings to lay the foundations of a global civilization. “A new life,” Bahá’u’lláh declared, “is, in this age, stirring within all the peoples of the earth.”
The worldwide Bahá’í community, composed of people from virtually every racial, ethnic and religious background, is working to give practical expression to Bahá’u’lláh’s vision of world unity. We invite you to learn more about the Bahá’í Faith and benefit from the spiritual and practical insights found in the Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh, God’s message for humanity in this day.
To become a Bahá’í is to respond to the call of God for this day and to join a global fellowship committed to helping humankind reach the long-promised age of global peace, justice and unity. A person becomes a Bahá’í by recognizing Bahá’u’lláh as the Messenger of God for this age and striving to follow His laws and teachings. (To become a member of the Bahá’í Faith, go to join.bahai.us. Outside of the United States, visit the international Bahá’í website for contact information in your country.)
Some of the features and requirements of living a Bahá’í life are outlined below:
- Laws of personal behavior and moral principles
- Governance and leadership
- Teaching the Bahá’í Faith
- Giving to the Bahá’í funds
OPEN WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY • 9:00AM TO 5:00PM
There’s so much to love at the NOVABC Bookstore! You can find our enhanced selection of everything from books, videos and music to a wide array of prayer books. Not to mention difficult to find Bahá’í jewelry, T-shirts, music and gifts. Our extensive inventory includes items in several languages that include English, Spanish and Persian. Even more than that, each purchase at The Bookstore goes to support our Center and maintain it as an available resource for hosting functions of Bahá’í communities throughout the region while being open to the public for events that coincide with the chore values of our Faith. Even the smallest effort can make a significant impact on nurturing the message of the unity and oneness of mankind.
EXTENDED HOURS • 5:00PM – 8:00PM
Check out our new hours! Now you can enjoy the serenity of our meditation room after a hard day at work; catch up on bit of reading or research from our extensive selection of literature in the lending library; or just stop by to enjoy tea, coffee and fellowship.
Plenty of space is available if you are interested in reserving space for meetings, deepenings, firesides or study groups, but you must contact our Facility Manager for reservations at email@example.com or 703-444-0019 ext 3.