When ‘Abdu’l-Bahá came to America in 1912 he spoke before congress, met with high-ranking officials and visited followers of all religions. He spoke at churches, groups and societies almost every day of his eight-and-a-half month journey. After these daily meetings, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá would gather with interested parties at one of the believers homes and sit around the fireplace. In this informal atmosphere ‘Abdu’l-Bahá would answer questions and deepen them in the spiritual teachings of the Bahá’í Faith.
Since that time, these “firesides” have developed into a series of classes which offer the seeker a priceless education in religion and the proofs for the Bahá’í Faith – “the waters of life free of price”.
There is no professional clergy in the Bahá’í Faith. All the people are enjoined to teach firesides in their own homes. These teachings are offered to all without charge, and the seeker is encouraged to ask questions and know the truth with their own intellect rather than rely upon others, such as clergy, to think for them.
There are seven firesides in all:
- The Purpose of Life.
Why are we here? What is our purpose? Is there a God?
- The Proofs for Jesus.
Establishing the prophetic criteria. The corruption of Christianity.
- The Proofs for Baha’u’llah.
The prophetic criteria applied to Baha’u’llah. Some history of the Baha’i Faith.
- The Covenant.
The covenant between God and humanity. Our role.
- The Proofs for the Establisher of the Baha’i Faith.
The prophetic criteria applied to the establisher. More history of the Baha’i Faith.
- The Great Pyramid of Giza.
A book of prophecy in stone.
- The Book of Revelation.
The entire book of Revelation explained.
The Baha’is of Duluth invite you to experience the Firesides for yourself. Call 218-590-8670 to begin your session. If you prefer online study to a face-to-face chat, the Firesides are now available to view in video format at bahaifireside.org.