Words revealed by Bahá'u'lláh

O SON OF MAN! Humble thyself before Me, that I may graciously visit thee. Arise for the triumph of My cause, that while yet on earth thou mayest obtain the victory.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Last December at the Center.

Marietta's is famous for the House Christmas Parade on December where people can view diferent decorations for Christmas time visiting private houses who are open for the season and have fun around the city who is full of historic sites. The Baha'i Center is open every year on that day to offer hospitality, teaching and  refreshments to all the persons who stop by.  

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Harrisburg Ruhi Experience.

Avery positive Ruhi experience this Sunday January 10/10. with participants visiting our Harrisburg Community. We discussed practical and creative approaches to inviting seekers and friends to Ruhi courses, with the focus on community outreach, service, and creating stronger bonds of spiritual accompaniment and friendship. We also shared ideas of how to introduce a study circle aka "action circle" to friends/neighbors, who are not yet familiar with this type of spiritual learning.

Julian Morris Baby Shower

Julian Morris was born on October 30 2009, His Parent's are Cliff and Mary Morris. This are pictures of the Baby Shower celebrated this Sunday. All Blessings to this Baby.

P raised be Thou, O Lord my God! Graciously grant that this infant be fed from the breast of Thy tender mercy and loving providence and be nourished with the fruit of Thy celestial trees. Suffer him not to be committed to the care of anyone save Thee, inasmuch as Thou, Thyself, through the potency of Thy sovereign will and power, didst create and call him into being. There is none other God but Thee, the Almighty, the All-Knowing.
Lauded art Thou, O my Best Beloved, waft over him the sweet savors of Thy transcendent bounty and the fragrances of Thy holy bestowals. Enable him then to seek shelter beneath the shadow of Thy most exalted Name, O Thou Who holdest in Thy grasp the kingdom of names and attributes. Verily, Thou art potent to do what Thou willest, and Thou art indeed the Mighty, the Exalted, the Ever-Forgiving, the Gracious, the Generous, the Merciful.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Citizens of the World

By Dee Dombach, Special to The Sentinel, January 29, 2009

President Barack Obama’s inaugural address reminded us we are a nation of many tongues, faiths and cultures, and that is our strength. We as citizens of this country must become unified to solve our many problems.
But in this day, although we love our country, we must also begin to identify ourselves as citizens of the world.
“The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens,” said Bahaullah, prophet-founder of the Bahai faith 140 years ago. In truth, mankind has been evolving toward greater unity throughout history. In earliest times, people identified with family groups. Families grew through generations and became clans; clans became tribes. Tribes joined to become nations.
Warfare, bloodshed and misery have resulted from the belief of a group, no matter how large or small, in their superiority over others. Tribal warfare still causes genocide and starvation, and unchecked nationalism of powerful counties has unleashed unspeakable misery on millions.
In ages past, families, clans, tribes and nations have been separated by mountains and oceans, language, race, culture and customs. But the last 160 years has brought advancement unparalleled in all human history. We can travel around the globe in a day and connect to the Internet with our cell phone. Financial markets are intertwined with the rest of the world. Scientific, technological and medical discoveries have the ability to improve the quality of life for all people.
Humanity is poised to reach maturity — but our challenges are great, and it is easy to lose hope in humanity’s future. Prejudice, dwindling resources, climate change, terrorism, tyranny and poverty must be met with spiritual insight, intellect, creativity and cooperation on a global scale.
Every major religion promises a coming day of peace on earth — swords beaten into plowshares, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

What is God’s will? Jesus also prayed, “may they be brought to complete unity.” Bahaullah wrote, “That which the Lord hath ordained as the sovereign remedy and mightiest instrument for the healing of all the world is the union of all its peoples in one universal Cause, one common Faith.” Bahais believe the Most Great Peace will come, as Bahaullah declared, “the progress and development of the world and the peace and tranquility of its people are among the principles and ordinances of God.”
As we grow in our knowledge and love of God and look beyond all artificial boundaries of race, religion and nationality, we bring the day of unity and peace closer. We do dare to hope and believe that peace will come, as Bahaullah said, “The tabernacle of unity hath been raised; regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch.”
Dee Dombach and her husband, Scott, are members of the Carlisle Bahai Community. They welcome comments at carlislebahai@yahoo.com.

Celebrating a Holy Day

By Dee Dombach, Sentinel Correspondent, December 17, 2008

The evidence for the existence of Santa Claus was irrefutable — empty glasses of milk, trails of cookie crumbs and, once, a scrap of red flannel caught in the heating register. That red square was a sacred relic to me: a physical connection to Santa himself.

My family also taught me about Jesus, but Santa was much more exciting.

When my older cousin let me in on the Santa secret, I felt like the biggest fool on earth. I was angry with my parents for constructing such an elaborate deception, but more ashamed I had allowed myself to be so gullible. I vowed to be more careful in what I believed.

As I grew older, I saw Santa and all the holiday trappings as a diversion from the real reason for Christmas. The essence of Christmas was in the manger scene, in “Silent Night” sung in a candlelit sanctuary.

When my son was born, my husband and I agreed to teach him that Christmas was the celebration of Jesus’ birth, that Santa was make-believe. Gift giving was not extravagant, decorations were simple and cookie baking was limited to a few dozen favorites.

We remembered the poor, as many families do, by purchasing Angel Tree gifts, volunteering at the food bank and taking hats and gloves to the homeless shelter. We aspired to “all is calm.”

But the traditions, pageants and programming of church began to feel extraneous to me — God allows Himself to be heard in the still, small voice. I held to Jesus’ promise that, one day, we would no longer need to worship in the temple but would worship in “spirit and in truth.”

Then I encountered the Bahai faith. Everything Bahaullah taught struck a chord in me: that mankind is one and God’s dearest desire is for unity, that God unfolds His Cause to humanity through a process of progressive revelation, and individuals must come to the faith through an independent investigation of truth.
There are no churches, no clergy. All prejudice must be eliminated; humanity is reaching maturity and peace on earth will be possible. Even though it sounded like the voice of God to me, the crucial question was — what about Jesus?
Bahai teachings declare that Jesus is the Son of God, born of a virgin. God in His essence is unknowable, and Jesus and the holy ones who reveal God to us are like perfect mirrors reflecting the light of God to the world. Bahai holy days are celebrated by gathering in homes, reading from the holy writings and reciting prayers.
I continue to honor Jesus’ birth not as a holiday, but a holy day, and feel the warmth of the “radiant beams from His holy face.”

Dee Dombach and her husband, Scott, are members of the Carlisle Bahai Community. They welcome comments at carlislebahai@yahoo.com.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Art Exhibition at marietta's Baha'i Center.

Several Artist from the Community got together for an Art Exhibition as part of the many activities during that year.
This pictures are from a few years but I want to publish them as a tribute to Suzette Arndt seven from left who winged her flight to the next world. She was ill for a very brief period before her heart gave way on December 30th/09.
"Let the angels of Thy loving-kindness descend successively upon her, and shelter her beneath Thy blessed Tree. Thou art, verily, the Ever-Forgiving, the Most Generous, the All-Bountiful." -- 'Abdu'l-Baha

Activities at the Center.

During the past year the Baha'i Center in Marietta's had been the focal point for numerous activities. This pictures were took in the first floor by the dinning area and Children class room.

Spiritual Spring
By Dee Dombach, Special to The Sentinel, March 12, 2009

It’s hard to remember the fragrance of lilacs or the yellow of daffodils in January. Signs of spring are excitedly shared in my family — from the first sighting of mergansers on the Conodoguinet to the faint calls of spring peepers. After a long winter, those first glimmers of springtime make our hearts glad and renew our hope. The world that has been cold, dull, and seemingly dead promises to burst into life again.
Spring also brings work. A warm, late-winter day finds me in the yard, pruning shrubs, raking dead leaves from garden beds and cutting the skeletons of last year’s flowers to allow new growth.
Spring is pregnant with meaning and metaphor.
Spiritually, springtime teaches us that God never ceases to renew the world. The great world religions recognize this truth — each one teaches that “God will never leave us nor forsake us.” Bahais recognize this process as Progressive Revelation. God makes His will and precepts manifest through the great prophets, pouring out His light and life, and the world is renewed.
Over time, as we travel further from the Light, the message becomes fainter, as we layer our traditions, doctrines and dogmas over the message and descend into spiritual winter. Then, in the fullness of time, God sends a Messenger. Each Messenger manifests God’s word for their day and time, and we believe Baha’u’llah has brought the message for today.
Abdul-Baha, Baha’u’llah’s son, said, “God leaves not His children comfortless, but, when the darkness of winter overshadows them, then again He sends His Messengers, the Prophets, with a renewal of the blessed spring. The Sun of Truth appears again on the horizon of the world shining into the eyes of those who sleep, awaking them to behold the glory of a new dawn. Then again will the tree of humanity blossom and bring forth the fruit of righteousness for the healing of the nations.
“I pray that you will all strive to bring each child of God into the radiance of the Sun of Truth, that the darkness may be dissipated by the penetrating rays of its glory, and the winter’s hardness and cold may be melted away by the merciful warmth of its shining.”
Just as mankind goes through spiritual cycles, so too do individuals. As I clear old debris from tender flower shoots, I think about what I have to clear out of my soul to allow new life to grow.
Christ said, “Ye must be born again.” If our spirits are to be reborn, we must do the hard work of clearing away the detritus which holds back our spiritual spring. Our job is to watch for the signs and to follow the light.
Dee Dombach and her husband, Scott, are members of the Carlisle Bahai Community. They welcome comments at carlislebahai@yahoo.com. Visit them on the Web at http://www.carlislebahai.wikispaces.com/.

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Race Unity Day June 2009

Race Unity Day
In 1957, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States inaugurated Race Unity Day to promote racial harmony and understanding. It is celebrated annually on the second Sunday in June. In Harrisburg normally takes place along the
Susquehanna River in City Island.