“Now is the time to cheer and refresh the down-cast through the invigorating breeze of love and fellowship, and the living waters of friendliness and charity.” — Bahá’u’lláh
A group of Baha’i’s and their friends have started a series of home visits in New Westminster.
Visiting people in their homes (or inviting them into our homes) can seem like a simple act, but it is an important community-building activity in the Baha’i Faith. Home visits help counter the effects of isolation and loneliness that are often sadly prevalent in our culture, create networks of support that can be drawn upon in times of need, and forge bonds of friendship and unity. In the Baha’i Faith, home visits are not mere social calls, although socializing is one of its purposes, but also include a spiritual component. Those getting together will often share prayers, inspiring stories, or quotations, and engage in conversation about spiritual matters and the needs of the community.
The group of about eight of nine young adults plan to visit every family in the Baha’i Community at least once. In particular, they hope to meet with people who may be unable to attend other activities and offer their support.
The first few visits have already taken place, with many more to come.