Rev. Karen Lindvig’s
“Baha’i Dedication” Sermon
Sunday Service Video February 11th, 2018—“Baha’i Dedication”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon of 02-11-2018. Every year, Rev. Karen Lindvig develops an annual theme for framing the sermon lessons for the year. The annual theme aims to achieve a number of things: it addresses the times, the context, and the zeitgeist of the outer world around us, in our community and locally, nationally and globally; it helps to align and prepare our inner worlds with that outer world; and it expands and builds on the previous themes. Here are highlights of this service dedicated to celebrating and honoring the Baha’i Faith.
Donna Kimbrough offers a reading related to the Baha’i Faith.
Annie Christensen made a presentation titled “Baha’i Tapestry Dedication.” She describes the history of the Seattle Unity Spiritual Community, and reveals the new 12th tapestry honoring key world religious and spiritual traditions—the Baha’i Tapestry. The Community celebrates and honors Annie’s contribution to this project as its main founding member and consistent anchor for the team of people who helped make the 12 Tapestries.
In Rev. Karen Lindvig’s “Baha’i Dedication” sermon, she explores the contribution of the Baha’i Faith—with its accepting embrace of all religions— to support our processes of our inner pilgrimages. She traces the history of the Baha’i religion; reveals… (see more below)
Donna Kimbrough Baha’i Reading
Annie Christensen “Baha’i Tapestry Dedication”
Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sermon “Baha’i Dedication”
Title: “Baha’i Dedication“
http://seattleunity.org—Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon titled “Baha’i Dedication” is her fourth sermon in 2018 that explores our Annual Theme “The Inner Pilgrimage.” Last week Karen talked about the idea that key events and people can bring about new directions on our inner Pilgrimage journey in life in her sermon “Angels of Annunciation.” Karen conveyed her message about how we can let problems bless us to rediscover our authenticity, our essence, by reconnecting with our Creator through the Angels of Annunciation we encounter in our lives.
This week, in Rev. Karen Lindvig’s “Baha’i Dedication” sermon, she explores the contribution of the Baha’i Faith—with its accepting embrace of all religions— to support our processes of our inner pilgrimages. She traces the history of the Baha’i religion; reveals its primary core principles; recalls its beginnings in North America and Europe; celebrates its recognition of equal rights for all categories of people such as ethnicity, gender, and social class, as early as the late 1800s; the building of the Baha’i Temple near Chicago over a 70-year period; compares the creation of their Temple with the process of building a new Seattle Unity building; reflects on the spiritual journey of our country, in our century; and much more.
Key quotations related to this sermon:
“Essentially a mystical Faith, the Baha’i teachings focus on the soul’s relationship with the eternal, unknowable essence of God, and recommend daily prayer and meditation to everyone. Baha’is believe that the human spirit lives eternally, and so endeavor to illumine their souls with spiritual attributes—kindness, generosity, integrity, truthfulness, humility and selfless service to others.”
“To every discerning and illumined heart it is evident that God, the unknowable Essence, the divine Being, is immensely exalted beyond every human attribute…Far be it from His glory that human tongue should adequately recount His praise, or that human heart comprehend His fathomless mystery.”
“Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship. He Who is the Daystar of Truth beareth Me witness! So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole Earth.”
“That all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bond of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religions should cease and differences of race be annulled. What harm is there in this? Yet so it shall be. These fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and “the Most Great Peace” shall come. Do not you in Europe need this also? Let not a man glory in this, that he loves his country; let him rather glory in this, that he loves his kind.”
John 15:1, 4-5:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower… Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches.”