Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Lions in the Forest

(Participants in the first Annual Black Men's Gathering New England)

"The barking of dogs is loud on every side, where is the lion of the forest of Thy Might?"
Baha'u'llah, From the Fire Tablet

This weekend 18 men of African Descent gathered to pray, fellowship and discover their role in God's Plan as the "pupil of the eye". The men came from all over New England and represented a diverse sample of the African Diaspora including the British West Indies, Costa Rica, Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal, Cape Verde and America. We studied the current guidance from Universal House of Justice, the International Governing Body of the Baha'i Faith, about the next phase in the development of Baha'i communities around the world and proven strategies in fulfilling our mission which is to unify the human race through the teachings of Baha'u'llah. We reflected together on the greatness of the Day in which we are living and how the sufferings of Baha'u'llah as a prisoner and exile relate to the experiences of men of African descent. We discussed the implications of Baha'u'llah's designation of Black people as the "pupil of the eye" and consecrated ourselves to serving our people through the power of collective worship, the education of children and junior youth, and building our capacity to facilitate the emergence of a new kind of community.
It was in a word, awesome! You will definitely be hearing more from these men and others who join us in this special ministry that we call The Black Men's Gathering.