Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Happy Ayyam-i-Ha

I haven't been able to get to a computer much lately because I have moved and we are waiting for the internet to be hooked up in the new house. We are told it will be a few more weeks. Anyway, I just wanted to say a quick happy Ayyam-i-Ha to those who are celebrating. (Ayyam-i-Ha is the Baha'i gift-giving holiday.)

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Baha'i Basics

I thought that since I will be working it the Baha'i community here it might be a good idea to post a few basic things about what Baha'is believe for the benefit of my non-Baha'i friends. Here is a very brief list.

Baha'is believe in...

*The independent investigation of truth. (In other words, not forcing your beliefs on others and not believing things just because everyone else does.)
*The oneness of God. (Baha'is are monotheistic.)
*The oneness of religion. (This means that the basic teachings of all the major religions are in harmony with each other. We also believe that these religions all come from the same God.)
*The oneness of humanity.
*Equality of men and women. (The first major religion to specifically state this.)
*Science and religion must go hand in hand.
*Universal education.
*Elimination of the extremes of wealth and poverty.
*The need for a universal auxiliary language. (To be learned in addition to local languages. It's easier to get along with people if you can talk to them.)
*Abolition of prejudice.
*Work, performed in a spirit of service, is considered a form of worship.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Safe and sound

I have been told that there are a few people who have been worried about my safety due to the latest news reports. The answer is yes, I am fine. I made it to Denmark without any trouble last week and have been trying to settle in. (The rest of my stay in Spain was great, by the way. My friends did a great job of making me feel at home.)

I have a few weeks before I begin working with the dancers so there is time to take things slow. The people I am living with are very nice and we are out in the suburbs so the is very little chance of danger. I have been meeting some of the Baha'is over the past couple of days and should be meeting more over the next week.

When I do something more exciting I will let you know but I thought I should say that everything is well and good.