Saturday, March 31, 2007

Bloggin' the BMG 3

The brothers are taking a little break between studying so I have a moment to let you know where we are at this point. We just got finished studying and discussing a section about the individual believer in a letter addressed to the Baha'is of the world on December 27th of 2005 by the Universal House of Justice the International Governing Council that is the Head of the Baha'i Faith. This letter provides guidance on the next stage of the growth and development of the Baha'i community and the advancement of the mission of the Baha'i Faith which is to unite humanity. We had a nice discussion about what we are called by God to do in the world and the importance of relying on God's assistance in meeting the challenge of fulfilling our mission. We also wondered at the fact that we are provided with ongoing, reliable guidance about how to better the world because of our being Baha'is. Earlier, we studied the annual message addressed to the Baha'i world by the Universal House of Justice in which commentary is provided on the progress of the Faith and guidance as to where it is headed. This letter offered a great deal of commentary on the global context in which Baha'is are trying to achieve their aims, a world in which human society is experiencing both a process of integration and a process of disintegration, both of which are propelling humanity toward its destiny which is unity. Virtually every sentence of this message provoked both thought and emotion. It seemed to me that it deepened our appreciation of the spiritual significance of our personal and collective efforts to live out the teachings of the Baha'i Faith, as well as the magnitude of the disintegrative forces as work in the world. In any case, another brother has just joined us from New York and so now New York is in da house! It's time to get back to the study and discussion. I'll check back in around dinner time.