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What impact do our actions have on our own communities? What role do kindness, conflict, love, and backbiting have on the gradual emergence of peaceful society? What is the relationship between the spiritual and intellectual growth of the individual and the transformation of society? What is the nature of the spiritual path towards God and what role does prayer play in our progress down this path?

The very notion of a path is, itself, indicative of the nature and purpose of the courses, for a path invites participation, it beckons to new horizons, it demands effort and movement, it accommodates different paces and strides, it is structured and defined.

The Ruhi Institute

While the Ruhi Institute courses are offered by the Baha’i Community, and are based on the teachings of Baha’u’llah, there is no expectation that people will join the Baha’i Faith. In fact, the Baha’i teachings clearly forbid proselytizing. That said, the course is a great way to learn about the teachings of the Baha’i Faith, as well as to reflect on one’s own spiritual practices and perspectives.

Learn More About the Ithaca Bahá’ís

Today the Bahá’í community of Ithaca is composed of about 60 members from a beautiful array of backgrounds from places around the world. With their friends and neighbors, Bahá’ís are striving to build communities where children, young people and adults can together develop their God-given capacities and apply these as they forge new paths towards a world free of prejudice and war, one animated by love, justice and peace.

A Sneak Peek at Bahá’í Study Circles