Hi everyone! I absolutely love hearing about the different ways Baha’i students are connecting to their peers and their community at large… it’s very inspiring to read about these serviceful endeavors.
I’m a member of the UCLA Baha’i Club, and I guess I wanted to share a little about what we do in hopes of providing a different perspective on holding Zoom club meetings. Since we’ve been on Zoom for quite a while now, we’ve been having weekly discussions on important or relevant topics, such as the power of meditation, how to remain non-partisan in a political world, or the significance of tests and difficulties in life. Typically we use broad, Baha’i-inspired topics in order to present the conversation as welcoming and open to friends of various backgrounds.
For example, in our Baha’i Club we have friends of the Faith as well as Baha’is. This way, we oftentimes get Baha’i, Christian, Catholic, agnostic, and several other perspectives on the topics we discuss. We open the discussion with a prayer, have a few moments of catching up or introducing a new face, and then we use quotes from the Baha’i Faith on the topic of interest as the foundation of our individual and collective reflections.
We have also invited members of different religions as guest speakers (ex. a Catholic priest, a Baha’i professor, or a Mormon missionary) to give their perspective on a topic and to open the floor for everyone else to share their thoughts and beliefs. All in all, it is a beautiful space where we have deep conversations among friends, all while learning about diverse views from each other!
I am excited to hear more from everyone, as I believe every campus Baha’i club has a unique way of bringing unity to their community, and I know by sharing our various ideas, we can all learn from each other and amplify the effectiveness of our own approaches!
Sending much love to everyone, and hoping you remain safe and healthy during these times.