“Children are the most precious treasure a community can possess, for in them are the promise and guarantee of the future. They bear the seeds of the character of future society which is largely shaped by what the adults constituting the community do or fail to do with respect to children. They are a trust no community can neglect with impunity.”
– Universal House of Justice to the Bahá’ís of the World, 2000
If you are searching for a program of spiritual education for your children and yourself, we invite you to attend our Lehigh Valley Bahá’í Sunday School. Our focus is on promotion of the oneness of humanity, the embrace of the unity of spiritual traditions and the elevation and transformation of the human spirit.
The Lehigh Valley Bahá’í Sunday School for children, youth and adults is held from 10 am to noon every other Sunday in the home of a Bahá’í family in Bethlehem Township.
Each session begins with fellowship and devotions from 10:00 to 10:30 am, after which separate learning activities for children, youth and adults take place until noon.
Please see our calendar for dates. You can also call the Lehigh Valley Bahá’í telephone, (610) 861-5141, for the location of the school, additional information and help with transportation.
The basic themes taught in the Bahá’í children’s classes include:
• knowledge of God – the loving Creator of us all
• the spiritual nature of all people
• the importance of prayer
• moral and character education
• development of virtues – the divine qualities within each child
• respect for parents and elders
• the importance of family
• elimination of all prejudice
• celebration of unity in diversity
• the essential oneness of all the world’s major religions
• world peace begins with each one of us
• equality of men and women
• service to others is the best way to worship God
• respect and care for the environment
O Thou kind Lord! These lovely children are the handiwork of the fingers of Thy might and the wondrous signs of Thy greatness. O God! Protect these children, graciously assist them to be educated and enable them to render service to the world of humanity. O God! These children are pearls, cause them to be nurtured within the shell of they loving-kindness. Thou art the Bountiful, the All-Loving.”–‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Adult Study Group
Spiritual education is a life-long process. The adult study group selects a book or books about the Bahá’í Faith to read and discuss during the year, or the group may decide to use one of the study circle books.
When guests attend the Sunday school, the study group often becomes a impromptu fireside, during which the Bahá’ís are happy to discuss the basics of their Faith and answer any questions as best they can. Because the Bahá’í Faith does not have clergy, individual Bahá’ís fulfill some of these roles.
“The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds, through commendable and seemly conduct.”–Bahá’u’lláh
See our calendar for the class schedule. Call (610) 861-5141 for more information.