Thursday, April 28, 2016

SED Endeavors: More examples in the United States - 15 "fixed" and 7 "sustained"

More examples of FIXED duration projects underway across the United States in Riḍván 2016
  • Gatherings to discuss such topics as the equality of men and women, education of children, parenting, and health, in Rockville MD
  • Homework assistance in an apartment complex, in Bethlehem, PA
  • Toiletries for homeless girls and youth, a service project in Pleasanton, CA
  •  A one-week service camp for children with projects for several organizations, in Corvallis OR
  • Using arts as a means of building community, a collaboration in Clarkston, GA
  • Making Collars for and Visiting Guide Dog Puppies, in Manatee County, FL (a junior youth project)
  • A food drive for local food bank, in Peachtree Corners, GA (a junior youth project)
  • An environmental trail clean-up, in Chula Vista, CA (a junior youth project)
  • A health camp for junior youth, in Boston, MA
  • A lemonade stand fundraiser for a local children’s hospital, in Arlington, MA
  • Participation in a City-wide Roadside Clean-up Day, in Marquette, MI
  • Carmel Baha'i School for Youth and Jr. Youth: Building Vibrant Communities summer camp in Fall Creek, OR
  • An Indigenous Gathering, hosted by the Continental Board of Counselors in Houck, AZ
  • Planting a garden with kids, in Edinburg, TX
  • Volunteering at a soup kitchen in Evanston, IL

More examples of some SUSTAINED ENDEAVORS reported within the United States . . .

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

SED Endeavors in the USA - 30 examples of FIXED duration projects & 5 examples of SUSTAINED endeavors

A collection of just some of the Social and Economic (SED) endeavors that took place over the past year, represent examples of fixed duration activities. Many of them are the result of junior youth group (JYG) activities.
  • Assembled "survival kits" for homeless youth shelter clients, in Seattle, WA (a JYG project)
  • Assisting with Soup Kitchen at a homeless shelter, in Denver CO (a JYG project)
  • Adopt-a-mile road clean up, in Alpharetta GA (a JYG project)
  • Produced a video about the environment and recycling by an elementary school, in Chicago, IL
  • Tai Kwan Do classes for children & junior youth, in Conway, SC
  • A science & religion workshop hosted at Louis Gregory Bahá’í Institute, in Hemingway, SC
  • Forest stewardship, in Northbrook, IL
  • Tree planting, wall painting, volunteering at breast cancer walk, volunteering at an animal shelter, in Fresno, CA (JYG projects)
  • Made bird feeders for nursing home and school, in Lewisville, TX (a JYG project)
  • Homework Assistance Thursday at the San Diego CA Bahá’í Center
  • Manicures at a nursing home, in Nashville, TN (a JYG project)
  • Beach clean-up, in Richmond, CA (a JYG project)
  • Mistletoe Sale to benefit homeless shelter, in Cottage Grove, OR (a JYG project)
  • Food for Lane County food bank, an agricultural-community garden project, in Eugene, OR
  • Syrian Refugee project, in Phoenix, AZ
  • Blankets for seniors in assisted living centers, in Grand Rapids, MI (a youth and young adults project)
  • Education is not a crime campaign, in Rancho Mirage, CA
  • Slave Cemetery Clean-up, in Hendersonville, TN
  • Made blankets, took them to homeless shelter serving families, in Des Moines, IA (a JYG project)
  • Car wash fundraiser for trip to the UN to benefit refugees, in Hopewell, NJ (a JYG project)
  • Participation in city-wide planning to identify issues and create solutions, in Rockford, IL
  • Disaster prep workshop, for health & safety, in Vancouver, WA
  • Teach knitting and crocheting to students in after school program, in Florence, OR
  • Seminar on “What is Our Path of Service for the Betterment of the World?” in Adamstown, MD
  • Ayyam-i-Ha Pet drive, collected supplies for humane society shelter, in Casa Grande, AZ
  • Participation in a peace event organized by Interfaith Council, in La Mesa, CA
  • Organized children’s activities during school breaks at the Maplewood Library, in Rochester, NY
  • Panel discussion on World Religions, at Ball State University in Muncie, IN
  • Painted outdoor furniture and cleaned up retreat center, in Dallas, TX
  • Stuffed “Blessing Bags” with basic needs to handout to homeless, in Everett, WA (a JYG project)
  • Carmel Baha'i School for Youth and Jr. Youth: Building Vibrant Communities summer camp in Fall Creek, OR

Some examples of sustained endeavors reported this year.
  • WLGI, radio Bahá’í ( in Hemingway, SC
  • Tahirih justice Center (, for protection of immigrant women & girls, in Falls Church, VA
  • Multicultural Health education for minorities, in Sarasota, FL
  • Health for Humanity (, bringing together people and resources to solve problems, in New York, NY
  • The Children’s Theater Company (,  bring out the voices of children and youth for positive change, in New York, NY

Monday, April 25, 2016

Examples of SED Endeavors across the USA

Some examples of social and economic development endeavors underway across the country . . .

o   Planting a garden in a neighborhood in Naples FL with another organization

o   Offering seminars and scholarships through the Esperanza Foundation in Portola CA

o   Church-sponsored talks, potluck and speakers on MLK Day in Scottsville VA

o   “To Light a Candle” documentary on religious and educational freedom, across the USA

o   Roadside cleanup in Grand Rapids MN

o   “Education is not a Crime” seminar and consultations, across the USA

o   Pet rescue volunteer service in Trophy Club TX

o   Clothing drive in Camas WA

o   Student Virtues Aware program to high school students in La Crescenta CA

o   Tutoring program in Bethlehem PA

o   Earth Day Fair on climate change in Milford MI

o   Race Equality Discourse in Rocklin CA

o   Brilliant Stars Park cleanup in Fontana CA

o   Trash Bash neighborhood cleanup in Richardson TX

Friday, October 23, 2015

"I am 19 years old and . . . I am so happy"

Ken contacted the Bahá’ís and shared this about his discovery of the teachings of the Faith. He is now engaged with other youth within his university.
I am 19 years old and for years [I] have researched endlessly [about] religions and their beliefs. I have read many scriptures and have even taken courses in order to provide an idea of what faith I truly believe in my heart. I had not found it until last night when I had a revelation after reading an article about unity of faith. And that was by a Christian! All of my stress and internal turmoil was immediately alleviated. I am so happy. Soul filled with true joy, and I have been led to this faith :)

The laws within the Bahá’í Faith are timely at this time in human history

Karri is in her mid-20s.  She registered her decision to become a Bahá’í on The local Bahá’í who called her to talk about the decision to declare shared this about how she became engaged in community life.
Her interest in the Bahá’í Faith began three years ago, during a World Religions class in which each person was instructed to attend services from three different faiths of their choice, and one of Karri's choices was the Bahá’í Faith.  She has already studied the books “Reflections on the Life of the Spirit” and “Arising to Serve” with a local Bahá’í.  She also attends prayer devotionals in the community.  Her interest in the Faith included the fact that she is a social worker and she feels the laws within the Bahá’í Faith are timely for society at large at this time in human history. 



The Bahá’í Faith: "It's a good fit."

Jenna decided she wanted to become a member of the Bahá’í  Faith and registered her declaration online at  Here is what she shared about her initial interests in learning more about the Faith.
I am interested in exploring the Bahai Faith. I have recently spoken with a friend about beliefs of the Bahai Faith, and it seems to make more sense to me than Christianity. I have long struggled with the idea of organized religion, so have done very little to pursue connection with one particular church. I believe there is one God, and I crave a personal relationship with Him.  . . . phone contact would be best, as my husband would be skeptical about my interest with Bahai.”
The Bahá’ís who met with her share this about Jenna's journey.
Jenna has a daughter who will be seven in a few weeks. She considered registering her daughter as well, but wanted to be sure that the father was in agreement before doing so.  The daughter is currently attending children's classes at a local church in order to have some spiritual exposure.  She and her daughter have read Bahá’í prayers together; she is looking for parenting support among the Bahá’ís.  She has also reconnected with the old high school friend who first introduced her to the Faith almost 2 years ago.  Jenna is an educator and finds that the message of the Bahá’í Faith about the beauty of diversity and the goal of a unified world resonates with her both spiritually and professionally.  She shared with me that, "It's a good fit."


From further conversation to finding friends with common interests

Jennifer called 800-22UNITE (800-228-6483) for more information about the Bahá’í Faith.  This is what she shared about herself.
My mother has been involved in Bahá'í for many years [and] we were discussing a lot of things and she suggested it again to me so I decided to call. I like the idea of the betterment of relationship of cultures.”
The friends in the community were happy to call her back and meet with her. This is what they shared.
Jennifer attended our devotional on Saturday. She showed much interest, had questions about the brochures I gave her, and she has connected with a Bahá’í in the community with whom she has many similar interests.