Study Circles: What are they and why should I join one?

Study circles are regular gatherings of people interested in learning more about spirituality, life, God, and who have an interest in improving their spiritual life and the world around them. They make use of the Ruhi study courses, which were created and pioneered in Columbia.

The purpose of this study is for each participant to gain a deeper understanding of the Holy Word, to comprehend its meanings and to find ways to apply the Word to our lives through spiritual transformation and service to humanity. Study circles are also places of learning, consultation, sharing, and fellowship—places where you get to know and bond with other like-minded folks—Baha’is or not.

Everyone is welcome at a Baha’i study circle. There are a number of them ongoing in our area that you can join OR you can request that a new study circle be started on a Ruhi book or scripture you’d like to study OR you can start a study circle of your own.

The Ruhi series now includes the following subjects:

Book 1 Reflections on the Life of the Spirit
Book 2 Arising to Serve
Book 3 Teaching Children’s Classes, Grade 1
Teaching Children’s Classes, Grade 2: A branch course of Book 3
Teaching Children’s Classes, Grade 3: A branch course of Book 3
Book 4 The Twin Manifestations
Book 5 Releasing the Powers of Junior Youth
Book 6 Teaching the Cause
Book 7 Walking Together on a Path of Service
Book 8 The Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh (in 3 segments)
Book 9 Gaining an Historical Perspective (in 2 segments)
Book 10 Building Vibrant Communities (in 2 segments)

We also have study circles for the Baha’i Writings.

The study circle coordinator for our area is Shalimar Rasheed.

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