But navigating around the site quickly and efficiently is only part of using the site wisely. The Open Bubble contains a wealth of knowledge and an ocean of wisdom. Take the time to explore it randomly if you wish or systematically if it so moves you.
You can delve into favorite subjects, such as values-driven children’s education, social and economic development from a spiritual point of view, or life after death, or perhaps explore the characteristics of true religion and how it relates to science. There are so many mysteries in life. You will find many answers here, but more importantly, you’ll learn to question everything and find the courage to discover the answers for yourself.
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The Home Page
The first thing you see when you enter the Open Bubble is the home page or front page. It is the doorway into a growing labyrinth of content and capabilities covering many subjects and topics. The front page provides an overview of what we offer and reflects the vision and purpose of the site.
Our focus is community development from a spiritual point of view. We advocate working together, creating unity out of diversity. We believe in equality and justice for all, the elimination of all forms of prejudice and the need for a spiritual solution to the problems facing humanity in general and our community specifically.
The very top of the home page is the header menu. It consists of links to the heart of the Open Bubble, starting with our vision and purpose. The menu includes links to what we offer for children, junior youth, youth, and adults, and other features and functions, such as membership information, forums, groups, technical support if you run into problems, and others.
The middle of the home page provides an introduction to what we offer and why. These include children’s classes, junior youth empowerment, youth and adult programming and services, such as devotional gatherings, study circles, firesides, and deepenings.
The bottom portion of the home page is a footer section than appears at the bottom of all pages and posts on the site. The footer section includes a portal into our library of audio and video podcasts, the community calendar and list of upcoming events, and a post that explains who we are, what we believe, and how we live.
Navigating Around the Site
Once you enter the Open Bubble, you can navigate around using the main menu at the top of each screen. You can also get back to previous screens using the Breadcrumbs found under the site logo on the top left side of each screen. You can also access many areas of the Open Bubble through the side bar option located to the right of most screens.
We offer programming and services for children, junior youth, youth, and adults. Each section is built basically the same way. From the main menu at the top of the site you can select various options for each age group. This is an introductory link for each and a link to find a program or service near you. We also offer you the opportunity to read feedback from teachers and participants, as well as the option to enter your feedback.
We start with the children. We offer age appropriate classes for children 2 to 10 years-old, and junior youth empowerment classes for 11-14 noble characters and learn to live virtuous lives.Youth programs and workshops for 15 year-olds and up are designed not only to learn about virtues-based character development but to translate that knowledge into action. Youth programming is service oriented, specifically working with younger children as well as environmental, and social and economic development projects in the community.
Adult programming and services vary greatly but focus on Study Circles and devotional gatherings. Additional learning opportunities cover diverse subjects including an introduction to the Baha’i Faith, the progressive nature of revelation, life after death, the spiritual nature of reality, the life of the soul, and more.
Groups and Forums
The Open Bubble offers numerous groups and forums. These are most easily accessed through the groups are composed individuals interested in specific subjects. Forums are used to discuss these subjects and topics.
You must register as a member to join a group or a forum. Please see the Membership section below for options. You can join many groups and forums, but some are by invitation only. Some are private and not visible to members. You may resign from any group or forum at any time.
Membership in the Open Bubble is open to the public. Registration is required. A number of membership options are available. Several levels of membership are offered: public, members of the Baha’i Faith, and members of Local Spiritual Assemblies. Membership is free and members can delete their account at any time.
Calendar, Events, and Maps
Your event can be listed in the community calendar. A link to a post describing your event can be published, and a google map with directions can be created. These privileges must be requested. Permissions are granted at the discretion of the website administrator. Approval of content is at the sole discretion of the Website administrator.