The Bahá'í Faith in Clearwater Florida

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Baha’i Centers of Learning

Baha’i schools across the United States offer three- to five-day programs for adults, youth and children on such themes as [ Read More ]

Study Circles

Study circles are regular gatherings of people interested in studying the Baha’i Writings and applying [ Read More ]

Children’s Spiritual Education

The Baha’i community places great emphasis on the moral and spiritual education of children and youth [ Read More ]

Programs for Teens and Pre-Teens

Young members of the Baha’i community are encouraged to grow in moral responsibility, often by contributing [ Read More ]

Core Curriculum for Spiritual

The U.S. Baha’i community has developed curricular materials for the spiritual education of children [ Read More ]

Baha'i Explorations

We hope you will enjoy the mix of speakers and the variety of topics discussed every Sunday here on our website [ Read More ]

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This week’s presenterMs. Eileen Maddocks

This week presenter

Eileen Maddocks was born and raised in the northeast state of Maine in the United States. Her mother, who was raised in the Millerite tradition of Adventism, studied and pondered Christian history and theology and became a Sunday School teacher of Bible history in the Universalist Church. Eileen never forgot this initial education in the Bible that she received from her mother.

Always a spiritual seeker, Eileen went to various Christian churches but did not find the answers to her questions there. Then she explored New Age concepts for many years.

In midlife when the bottom dropped out of her life, she discovered the Bahá’í Faith and subsequently served at the Bahá’í World Centre in Haifa, Israel, for 16 years as a researcher and writer. Upon retirement, she returned to her New England heritage and is now a writer and editor living in the bucolic state of Vermont where billboards are banned. She describes herself as a curious student, always trying to learn.

This week’s topicThe Coming of the Glory - Update!

Eileen was inspired to write a trilogy, The Coming of the Glory: How the Hebrew Scriptures reveal the plan of God, because she could not find any study of the Hebrew prophets written in chronological order, within the context of Israelite history, and written from a Baha'i perspective. Volume 1 was published in 2020 by Something or Other Publishing. Volume 2 will be published by spring of 2022, and Volume 3 a year or two after that. Upon completion, this trilogy will have been a ten-year project.

The PowerPoint presentation for volume 1 has been overhauled and updated from the version she presented some time ago. To lay the foundation for monotheism and the Hebrew prophets, this program starts at the end of the last Ice Age with Göbekli Tepe in 9600 BC and then a Neolithic village. It explores the background to the famous biblical verse “What hath God wrought,” possibly the first prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, and its meaning for Baha'is. This program follows the missions of the Prophets Adam, Abraham, and Moses, and ends with remarkable prophecies of David, whom Abdu’l-Bahá referred to as a prophet alongside Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekial. Because volume 1 is about 70,000 words, Eileen can only dip into a few fascinating topics in this 45-minute program. Her writing and presentations are designed to encourage readers to explore the Bible for themselves. Eileen’s cerebral lifestyle is balanced with a serious study of ballet and the reading thriller mysteries.  

Because volume 1 is about 70,000 words, Eileen can only dip into a few fascinating topics in this 45-minute program. Her writing and presentations are designed to encourage readers to explore the Bible for themselves. Eileen’s cerebral lifestyle is balanced with a serious study of ballet and the reading thriller mysteries.

The Coming of the Gory: How the groundwork was laid for Bahá’u’lláh, from Göbekli Tepe to David. It starts with the divinely inspired, the Paleolithic temple site of Göbekli Tepe (9600 to 7000s BCE) and animism, then goes through the Neolithic phase with a tiered cosmos, to the Prophet Adam and Mesopotamia with its explosion of civilization of its spring/summer and the cults of the deities and the development of warfare as we know it during its fall/winter. Then the Prophet Abraham, and then the Prophet Moses and the Mosaic Code. Finishing with David, whom Bahá’u’lláh recognized as a prophet alongside Isaiah and Ezekiel, and his prophecy about Akka and the “strong city.”

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The Three Protagonists that Work together to Make the World a Better Place

September 12, 2021

‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Exemplar and Educator

September 6, 2021

Religion – Blueprint for Culture

August 30, 2021

Khalil Gibran & The Prophet