The Baha’is of Newmarket
"The aim of this Wronged One in sustaining woes and tribulations, in revealing the Holy Verses and in demonstrating proofs hath been naught but to quench the flame of hate and enmity, that the horizon of the hearts of men may be illumined with the light of concord and attain real peace and tranquility. "
Patterns of Community Life
Canadian Bahá’ís come from diverse backgrounds and are dedicated to the promotion of a global society that reconciles the spiritual and material aspects of life.
They are engaged in a process of building communities that mostly consists of four activities, these activities are called Core Activities and they are:
- Children’s Education – to nourish and nurture the early ability of children.
- Junior Youth Empowerment – to engage junior youth and empower their ability to assist others so that a community can flourish.
- Devotional Gatherings - to enhance features of each community through prayers.
- Engagement in the Institute Process - to assist everyone to gain a better understanding of the Bahá’í teachings and ways to develop their skills to carry out these various acts of service.
There are many more areas of service that Bahá’ís are involved in. There is emphasis on the role of Baha’is in community building, being involved in Canadian society as a valuable contributor and to engage in a process of how a society should build its foundation.
Core Activities are at the centre of any activity that helps to develop the betterment of communities in localities around the world. One can look at these activities like the alphabet or a genetic code that if utilize thoroughly, will pave the way to build a community where peace, security, unity and harmony for of all its inhabitants is not only recognized, but also protected.
These activities are open to everyone; there is no requirement to be a member of the Bahá’í community to fully participate.
The Bahá’ís of Newmarket, hand-in-hand with other communities in York region have been involved in many community building activities, and have witnessed how localities can hugely benefit from them.
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A fundamental role of the family is to raise children who can assume responsibility for both their own spiritual growth and their participation in the advancement of civilization. 'Abdu’l-Bahá states that the mother and father of a child should “as a duty…strive with all effort to train the daughter and the son”...
But the education of children is not only the responsibility of the parents. The community also has an important role to play and the Bahá’í community gives considerable attention to the subject. Indeed, classes, open to all, for the spiritual and moral education of children are typically among the first activities to be pursued by Bahá’ís in a locality and Newmarket is no exception with a vibrant bi-weekly children's class.
Junior Youth Empowerment
Youth have played a vital role in Bahá’í history. The Báb Himself declared His mission when He was twenty-five years old and so many among His followers were in the prime of their youth when they embraced His Revelation.
Following in the path that these and other extraordinary figures had opened, thousands of young Bahá’ís have arisen in each generation to respond to the call of Bahá’u’lláh.
Young Bahá’ís are encouraged to draw on the zeal and enthusiasm characteristic of the period of youth and so make decisive contributions to the advancement of spiritual and material civilization.
Junior Youth in Newmarket have participated in food drives for the Newmarket Food Band, have helped to serve meals at Inn From the Cold, have collected clothing for the homeless and participated in tree planting and other clean-up events in York Region to name a few.
Service and worship are at the heart of the pattern of community life that Bahá’ís around the world are trying to bring into being. They are two distinct, yet inseparable elements that propel the life of the community forward. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá writes that, “Success and prosperity depend upon service to and worship of God”.
Prayer is integral to Bahá’í life, whether at the level of the individual, the community, or the institutions. Bahá’ís turn their hearts in prayer to God repeatedly throughout the day—imploring His assistance, supplicating Him on behalf of loved ones, offering praise and gratitude, and seeking divine confirmations and guidance.
Bahá’ís also host gatherings in which friends, Bahá’ís and others alike, unite together in prayer, often in one another’s homes. Devotional meetings such as these serve to awaken spiritual susceptibilities within the participants, and in concert with the acts of service they perform, lead to a pattern of community life that is infused with the spirit of devotion and focused on the attainment of spiritual and material prosperity.
In Newmarket, several community members regularly hold a devotional gathering in their home. All are welcome to attend.
The energy that Bahá’ís devote to enhancement of institutional capacity, and the care with which they follow the evolution and development of administrative processes and structures, is not motivated simply by a wish to increase the efficiency with which the Bahá’í community’s own affairs are to be managed.
They recognize in this development a necessary contribution to the pattern of a new social order envisaged by Bahá’u’lláh, to the new ways that a mature humanity will attend to its political, social, and cultural affairs.
The Bahá’ís in Newmarket have started several small groups who meet regularly to go through materials that will guide and enrich their lives. The first of these materials (Book 1) is titled 'Reflections on the Life of the Spirit' and consists of the units “Understanding the Bahá’í Writings”, “Prayer”, and “Life and Death”.
Anyone interested in learning more is welcome to participate.
Tree Planting - Oct 2017
In October 2017, The Bahá’í community of Newmarket volunteered to plant 200 trees to recognize the year of the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith.
A special thanks goes to the City of Newmarket for providing the materials, training and tools, as well as to Regional Councillor and Deputy Mayor John Taylor, and Councillor Tom Vegh of Ward 1 for attending and supporting this event.