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Learning about the Baha’i Community’s Next Stage of Growth

posted Feb 14, 2016, 5:18 AM by National Assemly- -Rwanda
Kigali: January 24, 2016

Almost 40 Baha’is from all over Rwanda came together in Kigali on 23-24 January 2016 to study and consult on the message sent by the Universal House of Justice to the Baha’is of the world on December 29, 2015.

The message contains an overarching plan for Baha’i communities around the world for the next five years and guidance on how to achieve the plan’s main objective, which is the individual and collective transformation of society towards a more peaceful and just global civilization.

An important section of the message is dedicated to youth and releasing their potential. What the Baha’i community has learned is “how to help young people become aware of the contribution they can make to the improvement of their society.” The message emphasizes that “the importance of ‘doing’, of arising to serve and to accompany fellow souls, must be harmonized with the notion of ‘being’, of increasing one's understanding of the divine teachings and mirroring forth spiritual qualities in one's life”.

At the end of the message, the Universal House of Justice reminds us that Baha’i efforts to be of service within their own societies represent a “spiritual enterprise.” “The urgency to act,” the letter explains, “is impelled by the world’s desperate condition”.

Before starting the study of the message, the participants at the meeting shared their experiences and feelings about their visits to the Baha’i Holy Places in Israel. Twelve friends among the participants at the conference had had the privilege of visiting the holy places. Their reflections helped to create a spiritual link between the participants and the spiritual center of the Faith and a joyful and uplifting environment to start the study of the message.