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Featured What are Baha’is doing offline the most, with other people, everywhere in the world?

Discussion in 'Interfaith Discussion' started by Jim, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. Jim

    Jim Nets of Wonder

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    What do you think that Baha’is are doing offline the most, with other people, everywhere in the world?
     
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    Looking for a device with internet access so they can post snips from the Baha'i Reference Library on RF? :D
     
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  3. Jim

    Jim Nets of Wonder

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    If we could give more than one rating, I would have rated that as funny, creative and a winner.

    But not, informative.

    The grin looks friendly to me. Useful, because it bumped my thread. Optimistic? Maybe. Did it feel optimistic to you?
     
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    I'm sorry @Jim but this question reminds me of a brochure the Jehovah's Witnesses once gave me: "Jehovah's Witnesses, your friendly people from the neighborhood". In fact, they live a life with many religious restrictions (which I do not wish to debate here) but you wouldn't have guessed that from the nicely-made brochure and its friendly-written content.

    Again, don't take it personal. :wink:
     
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    I would suppose just living their lives.

    The Bahais I knew/know in Israel were all doing service at the Haifa centre. This didn't stop them having normal friendships.
    I also met a few who where there on holiday. ( I didn't grass them up to the ruling body :) )
    In the 1980s I lived near the main Bahai centre in London and had quite a few friends amongst them

    Presently I live in Somerset where there are 3 real Bahais I know of. One is writing an autobiography; the others are just regular town folks who mingle with everyone.
    I should add that IRL, I have never had a Bahai try to convert me.
     
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    Do any Baha’is have an answer to this? What are Baha’is doing the most offline, with other people, everywhere in the world?
     
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    The Baha'i International Community has a summary of Social Development Projects:

    "Most social and economic developing activities sponsored by the Baha’i communities until now have been in the area of education. Literacy programs and primary schools are now functioning, or in an advanced planning stage, in some 50 developing countries, primarily in rural areas where no schooling was previously available. Secondary schools with strong vocational orientation have also been established in several countries, and more schools are planned. Other activities are in the areas of health care, social services, community development, agriculture and communications. The latter type of projects are at present primarily radio stations in some countries, broadcasting cultural programs with practical advice and training related to literacy, primary health care, nutrition, agriculture and other components of rural development.

    "Although most of the projects are financed entirely from Baha’i sources, for some larger projects co-financing from bilaterial government development agencies has been obtained. A large number of projects have recently been identified and planned by local and national Baha’i communities on the basis of financial and other commitments from the communities themselves, which support, in some cases, from Baha’i communities in industrialized countries. It is also expected that financial and other collaboration with external donor and technical agencies will increases."

    Social and Economic Development: The Baha’i Contribution

    Some stats found on Wikipedia:

    In April 2018, the Bahá'í Office of Social and Economic Development released the following conservative estimates, based on provided by national Bahá’í institutions.[4]

    Bahá'í Development Activities Worldwide 2006 2011 2017
    Activities of fixed duration >7,000 >18,000 >40,000
    Sustained projects >650 >1,100 >1,400
    Bahá'í inspired organizations 83 118 135

    Socioeconomic development and the Bahá'í Faith - Wikipedia

    Also see:

    https://www.bahai.org/documents/osed/betterment-world.pdf?a28125bc


     
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    Does anyone have any other ideas about what Baha’is are doing offline the most, with other people, everywhere in the world? I’ll also ask, what are Baha’i communities doing offline the most, with other people, everywhere in the world? I think that the answer to both questions is the same, but I’m not sure. The second question is the one I really meant to ask. Next week I’ll give a hint, if I don’t forget about this thread again.
     
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    Come on, it would only take half an hour or less out of debating about the Baha’i Faith, to find out what Baha’is are doing offline the most, with other people, everywhere in the world. I’ll give a hint: It’s what the House of Justice has been talking about the most in its messages to Bahai’is, for more than 15 years.
     
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    Although I spend half a year in New Zealand and the rest between England france and sometimes Spain I've never actually met one so have no idea,that's isn't good or bad though.
     
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    Jim Nets of Wonder

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    I’m thinking of people who debate endlessly about the Baha’i Faith, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, as if they know something about it. It baffles me that none them know, or seem to care, what Baha’is are doing most of all with other people, and what their supreme world could has been talking to them about most of all for more than 15 years. It would only take a few minutes out of the hours and hours they spend debating about the Baha’i Faith, to actually learn what it’s all about.

    Oh. Right. If they ever learn what it’s actually all about, it might spoil their RPG.
     
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    Maybe Jim,I know some about it,seems a pretty harmless religion that reminds me of how some use Islam for building communities,what baffles me is the fact that like ahmadis who also Revere the Quran is that your regarded as much kuffar as me.
     
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    If anyone has any curiosity about reality in the offline world around them, try looking for clues on the websites of five local spiritual assemblies, and in the Ridvan letter of the Baha’i Universal House of Justice for any one of the past 15 years.
     
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    Here’s a hint for Baha’is, about what I’m thinking that Baha’i communities are doing most of all, with other people, everywhere in the world, and what the House of Justice has been promoting most of all in its messages to Baha’is for more than 15 years. It’s some specific activities at the heart of our community life, considered in a certain context. The words “activities” and “at the heart” should be a big clue, especially considering that the French word for “heart” is “coeur.” The context is also important. It isn’t enough to just list the activities.
     
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    Hopefully what most people do in the world. Eat , sleep, go to work, play and have fun...
     
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    :p Smart aleck. Now how do I answer that? (scratches head) ... Oh, right. Besides those, what I’m thinking of are some specific, named activities at the heart of the community life of a growing number of Baha’i communities everywhere in the world, which the House of Justice has been promoting in its messages to Baha’is for more than 15 years.[/QUOTE]
     
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    Another hint: What I’m thinking of is outlined in the new Ridvan message, but the specific activities are not all named there. You might need to search on the websites of a few local Baha’i communities for the details.
     
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    Does “framework for action” mean anything to any Baha’is here? “Core activities”? “Community building”?
     
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    I'll give my answer to this tomorrow or the next day.
     
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    Time is running out, less than 24 hours, for people to try to guess what I'm going to say before I say it. What are the specific activities that the House of Justice has been promoting for Baha'i communities for more than 20 years, and which are actually happening in a growing number of communities everywhere in the world?
     
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