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... it is essential to the spiritual life of the community that the friends hold regular devotional meetings in local Bahá’í centers, where available, or elsewhere, including the homes of the believers.

--The Universal House of Justice, Ridván Message, 1996

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Bahá’í House of Worship
 

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Four sample devotional programs with accompanying readings from the Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois USA. 

Programs include:  Communion with God, The Nature of the Soul, Service to Humanity, The Unity of Mankind.
 

Peter L. Johnson Devotions
 
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These 35 devotional programs cover such topics as:  Path Toward Spirituality: The Immortal Soul, Faith, The War Within, Cultivating Virtues, Life After Death; a series on Bahá'u'lláh: The Glory of God, The Glory of God II, The Glory of God III, Victorious, Victorious II. The other series are The Family: Husband and Wife, Parents and Children, Children and a series on the Virtues.

Ottawa, Canada Devotions
 
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These 10 devotional programs include multi-faith devotions, songs and cover such topics as:  Who are the Prophets, The Family, Health & Healing, Justice, Peace, Pioneering, Unity, and World Religions.

Connecticut Devotions
 
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These programs are well suited to a 15 to 20 minute devotional program (e.g. before children’s classes).

Programs include:  `Abdu’l-Bahá, America, Ayyam-i-Há, Bahá’u’lláh’s Life, Bahá’u’lláh’s Teachings, Deeds not Words, Fast, Hidden Words, Joy, Race Unity, The Soul, Unity of Religions: Manifestations, Unity of Religions: Progressive Revelation, Unity of Religions: Religion’s Purpose, Words of Wisdom, World Religion & MLK Day.
 

Dallas Devotions
 

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These 50+ programs were produced for the Sunday Morning Devotions in Dallas, TX USA. Also, check out the Dallas Assembly’s Devotional Meetings Guide.

Programs include:  20th Century, `Abdu’l-Bahá, America, Ayyam-i-Há, Bahá’u’lláh’s Life, Bahá’u’lláh’s Teachings, Children, Children’s Education, Christ, Diversity - African, European, Persian, Spanish, The Fast, Hidden Words, Joy, Marriage, Naw Rúz, Pupil of the Eye, Race Unity, Soul, Spiritual Qualities, Spanish Writings, Thanksgiving, Unity of Religions: Manifestations, Unity of Religions: Progressive Revelation, Unity of Religions: Religion’s Purpose, Virtues – Humility, Virtues – Investigation of Truth, Virtues – Love, Virtues – Moderate Speech, Virtues – Purity of Heart, Virtues – Spiritual Life, Virtues – Truthfulness, Words of Wisdom.
 

Nashville Unity Feasts
 
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The monthly Unity Feasts in Nashville, TN (started in 1997) are perhaps the most successful Bahá’í-sponsored multi-faith devotions in the United States. These 28 programs and invitations are a true expression of “unity in diversity” in music, holy writings, and prayers!

Programs include:  Deeds not Words, Devotion & Praise, The Divine Person & the Human Person, The Divine Physician, The Fear of God, Forgiveness, Generosity, Giving Thanks, The Golden Rule, Good Deeds, Good & Evil, Honor Thy Parents, Life After Death, The Love of God, The Nature of Man, Perseverance & Patience, Prayer & Meditation, Prepare for Eternity Now, The Purpose of Life, Our Relationship with God, The Revealer of Truth, Spiritual Rebirth, Spiritual Sacrifice, Tolerance, Turn the Other Cheek, The Unity of Mankind, The Unity of Religion, World Peace.
 

Carolina Devotions
 
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These 20 multi-faith devotional programs cover such topics as love, peace on earth, and the soul, and draw from the Bahá’í writings as well as the Bible, Qur’an, and Hindu, Buddhist, and Native American texts. 

Programs include:  All Creatures Great & Small, All Things Made New, Christmas, Everlasting, Fasting, Giving, Good & Evil, Happiness, Health, Justice, Love, Music, Peace on Earth, Prayer & Meditation, Racism, The Soul, Tests, Thanksgiving, Transformation, Women

Chicago Devotions
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These two multi-faith devotional programs cover such topics as "Prayers for Joy" and "What is prayer?".  One is an interfaith devotional gathering on joy and the other is a short set of readings from different faiths on why we pray.

 

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