The Bahá’í teachings prescribe daily prayer and intimate communion with God as the foundation for a life devoted to spiritual advancement and service to humanity. Essential to the spiritual life of the community worship services or devotional gatherings for prayers and to read the sacred writings of the Bahá’í Faith and other religions are held at the Portland Bahá’í Center as well as in individual’s homes.
The heart of a devotional gathering is the sharing of prayers and passages from Holy Scriptures, but beyond this there is no set form. Devotional meetings are a chance for us to learn how to create an uplifting, spiritual atmosphere. This often involves music and the arts. The key is to help clear our minds from the anxieties of our daily lives and to meditate on our higher purpose.
The Bahá’í teachings seek to empower us to create an uplifting and spiritual atmosphere in our own communities. All are welcome to participate in building a vibrant community life in their neighbourhoods by hosting or attending regular devotional gatherings.
You are welcome to join a devotional gathering near you, and to simply sit, meditate and enjoy the atmosphere, or to play a more active role in hosting or organizing one. Contact us to find a devotional gathering near you.