Our vision is great but it is not unique. It is world embracing. It brightens the eyes and enthralls the hearts of all the lovers of humanity. It calls us into a wondrous distant future but the needs of the community are greater and they are immediate. What would you like our community website to look like? What purpose would you like it to serve? What would you like to see in the future? A modern website utilizing social media in order to maximize teaching and service opportunities is a community affair, not the product of a starry-eyed nerd working alone.
The Open Bubble is designed to promote Baha’i-inspired grassroots community development in greater Portland, Oregon through Core activities and related social and economic development projects. It is also designed to attract people to learn about the Baha’i Faith, and to serve the needs of the OR26 Cluster, constituent communities, and isolated members of the Baha’i Faith in this area.
In the past, a Baha’i inspired website was informational in nature. It informed visitors about the Faith, shared Baha’u’llah’s message, and provided links to authoritative sources and contact information for those interested in learning more. Good ones were warm and inviting, giving visitors a glimpse into local Baha’i community life. Others were more straight forward focusing on facts and figures. Both served the Faith in their own unique way, but today, we are called to offer more, to be more.
Why The Open Bubble? The Open Bubble is a metaphor for the Covenant of God. It is open to everyone but our faithfulness determines how clear or colorful our bubble is. The Open Bubble website is our attempt to create a pure and truly open and inviting door to our wonderful community.
Would we too bold to suggest that we strive to create a virtual Mashriqu’l-Adhkár?
With your help we can create a virtual Mashriqu’l-Adhkár, a website that not only reflects the growing maturity of our community, but expands our horizon and launch new initiatives that embody the spirit of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkár and its associated institutions.
A virtual Mashriqu’l-Adhkár is within reach of this community. We have everything that is needed. We have all the talent and resources necessary to take the next step forward. It is only a question of whether there are enough people in the community who want to see this vision become reality. Do you want our Cluster to have the first virtual Mashriqu’l-Adhkár in the world?
What do you think?
We need your input. We need to incorporate your vision and expertise. Our vision must reflect the needs, goals, and desires of the entire community if possible, which means you must take an active role in whatever way is appropriate. Join us in a discussion on how best to accomplish this.
If you want to work with us please feel free to contact us. We know you are busy. We know you are pulled in many directions, but we also know that you care deeply. We also know that you have lots of offer. Your time may be limit but we will work with you any way you wish.
Let’s create the first virtual Mashriqu’l-Adhkár in the world!