is concept reminds me of the readings on universalism versus particularism.
e Bahá’íFaith is almost like the polar type of particularization of the universal, which is the idea that mostbelief systems are just di
erent paths to the same destination.
e devotional felt like a small meeting or conference because there were only nine of us andno clear leader. We sat in a circle around a co
ee table and discussed several passages from scripturethat were relevant to the
ere was amazing diversity; of the nine attendees,one was African American, one was Asian American, one was Middle Eastern, two of us were notmembers of the faith, and ages ranged from 18 to about 50. I was one of two men. When asked, theregular members con
rmed that the turnout was both fairly normal in terms of numbers anddiversity.
ey mentioned, however, that normally the ratio of men to women is more balanced. I was also struck by the lack of hierarchy; we were sitting in a circle, no one was wearing anything that would signify rank, and everything appeared open for discussion.
is contrasts sharply with my experiences at Christian events where either one person or a small group are leaders and wear somesort of rank-signifying garment. Along the same line, women and men are considered equal and,more importantly, they are actually
is means the Bahá’í Faith is not patriarchal, which is unlike most Abrahamic religions. As we learned, many NRM’s treat women more equally because they are in opposition to tradition.
e Bahá’í Faith was founded in the 1800’s, sodepending on your timeline, you may or may not consider the Bahá’í Faith “new.” However, it iscertainly a marginal religious movement, which shares many of the same characteristics.
Protestant - Wooddale
On November 28th, Saturday, from 5:15PM to 6:15PM, I attended a contemporary service at Wooddale Church, a nondenominational church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
e church is very large; the main hall can seat 2000 people, putting it right on the edge of megachurch status. It has atwo-story pipe organ and a clean modern style of interior decoration.
e service I attended,however, was conducted in a separate and smaller hall. I would estimate the attendance that evening
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