Baha'i devotional gatherings are held in a variety of settings including homes, parks, houses of worship, and public halls. They may include spoken or sung sacred scripture from any of the world religions. There are no set rituals or formulae which guide these opportunities for collective prayer and meditation, and all participants are welcome to contribute to the collective experience. Devotional meetings spring up naturally in a community where a conversation about the spiritual dimension of human existence is growing.
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There is no set format or formula for running a devotional, and they run the gamut from organized public events through to informal sharing of prayers and readings around a coffee table. So in this post I thought I would explore some ideas for devotional gatherings. If you have more ideas, please do share them in the comments! Beautiful images can be a magical addition to a devotional gathering. Software such as PowerPoint can be used to create a slow running slideshow of images which you can project on to a nearby wall to slowly fade in the background during readings and prayer. Selection of images is absolutely key as you want images that are visually beautiful, interesting and consistent with the gathering. Expect to spend a lot of time finding, choosing and cropping images for your slideshow. Think outside the box and look for creative, artful images that convey an idea, or abstract enough to just give a visual ambience to the room.
You can also learn more about the characteristics of devotional gatherings here on Bahai. In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a mother, a wife and a bookworm but professionally she is a museologist and a library technician. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night. Thanks for your comment! That sounds like an inspiring devotional gathering! What I love about devotional gatherings is how incredibly different they can be from community to community, neighbourhood to neighbourhood, or even home to home! I love it.