Istiqlál, 18 Mashíyyat (Will), 179 B.E


It looks like I’m going to be raking next week :-(


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Wrote up notes from the Zoom call with Tony Budak and Gwen Fischer:

During yesterday’s call, Tony Budak shared the results of his first gathering at Dunkin Donuts on October 11. No one showed up. We discussed different strategies to get folks to attend. One alternative involved these steps:

  1. Select a local, non-chain, senior-friendly restaurant for gatherings
  2. Arrange with the restaurant owner/manager for the following:
    1. Establish regular gathering days/times
    2. Install a cork community bulletin board on a wall of the restaurant or in the lobby
    3. Reserve space on the corkboard for community photo challenge “submissions
    4. Enroll the restaurant as a business member in the TBMW
    5. Grant 20-40% discounts on meals in exchange for (x) hours from timebank members who attend the gatherings
  3. Encourage attendees to review the restaurant on Yelp and publicize to social media for time credits
  4. Invite coverage by local news media such as The Vindicator and Mahoning Matters

Tony will let us know which steps he chooses to take if any, and what happens.

Also, Gwen Fischer will see if this approach applies to her Portage County project. Communities under consideration include Mantua and Garrettsville. She, too, will let us know.


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There is another and more significant aspect to this religious impulse and impetus. The children of Israel were in bondage and captivity in the land of Egypt four hundred years. They were in an extreme state of degradation and slavery under the tyranny and oppression of the Egyptians. While they were in the condition of abject poverty, in the lowest degree of abasement, ignorance and servility, Moses suddenly appeared among them. Although He was but a shepherd, such majesty, grandeur and efficiency became manifest in Him through the power of religion that His influence continues to this day. His Prophethood was established throughout the land, and the law of His Word became the foundation of the laws of the nations. This unique Personage, single and alone, rescued the children of Israel from bondage through the power of religious training and discipline. He led them to the Holy Land and founded there a great civilization which has become permanent and renowned and under which these people attained the highest degree of honor and glory. He freed them from bondage and captivity. He imbued them with qualities of progressiveness and capability. They proved to be a civilizing people with instincts toward education and scholastic attainment. Their philosophy became renowned; their industries were celebrated throughout the nations. In all lines of advancement which characterize a progressive people they achieved distinction. In the splendor of the reign of Solomon their sciences and arts advanced to such a degree that even the Greek philosophers journeyed to Jerusalem to sit at the feet of the Hebrew sages and acquire the basis of Israelitish law. According to eastern history this is an established fact. Even Socrates visited the Jewish doctors in the Holy Land, consorting with them and discussing the principles and basis of their religious belief. After his return to Greece he formulated his philosophical teaching of divine unity and advanced his belief in the immortality of the spirit beyond the dissolution of the body. Without doubt, Socrates absorbed these verities from the wise men of the Jews with whom he came in contact. Hippocrates and other philosophers of the Greeks likewise visited Palestine and acquired wisdom from the Jewish prophets, studying the basis of ethics and morality, returning to their country with contributions which have made Greece famous. 1

  1. ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 362-363. [return]