…strive that your actions day by day may be beautiful prayers.
A study circle is a small group that meets frequently for a few hours, usually in the home of one of its members, to study course materials. Anyone aged fifteen or older, whether a Bahá’í or not, is welcome to take part. The group is facilitated by a tutor associated with the training institute. Tutors do not hold any special status. They are simply those who are further along in their study of the materials. Tutors are often participants of other study circles tutored by someone else. All those participating are seen as active agents of their own learning.
Tutors simply strive to encourage participants to take ownership of the process.
The Bahá’í teachings emphasize that each person is in charge of their own spiritual development. Since there is no clergy in the Bahá’í Faith, all members of the community approach the study of the spiritual life on an equal basis.
Bahá’ís hail from all walks of life. Young and old, men and women alike, they live alongside others in every land and belong to every nation. They share a common goal of serving humanity and refining their inner lives in accordance with the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh. The community to which they belong is one of learning and action, free from any sense of superiority or claim to an exclusive understanding of truth. It is a community that strives to cultivate hope for the future of humanity, to foster purposeful effort, and to celebrate the endeavors of all those in the world who work to promote unity and alleviate human suffering.