The purpose of Bahá’í study circles is to provide participants with the knowledge, spiritual insights, and skills to enable them to contribute to the betterment of society, starting with themselves, their families and their neighbourhoods.
Study circles are based on study of the Bahá’í writings. Participants often follow a sequence of courses developed by an educational foundation known as the Ruhi Institute. These courses address various themes such as prayer, life after death, the education of children and youth, and the development of the soul.
The main sequence aims to endow participants with the qualities, attitudes, concepts, and skills that will enable them to advance along a path of service to humanity. Service activities emerging from study circles might include hosting devotional gatherings in order to build bonds of love and fellowship, conducting classes for the spiritual education and empowerment of children and junior youth, and engaging in social action for the benefit of the wider community.
Open to people of all backgrounds, study circles are held across Canada in an environment conducive to the spiritual empowerment of their participants, who come to see themselves as active agents of their own learning.
The circles are facilitated in participatory tutorial learning settings; each member can contribute to the advancement and understanding of the entire group by sharing their insights and experience.
Contact local Bahá’ís to learn about study circles taking place in your area.