Monday, May 04, 2009

Black Men's Gathering New England: 2009

For the fourth year in a row, men of African Descent from throughout New England gathered together for a weekend of worship, study, and consultation our role in God's plan for universal salvation and global transformation. This was one of some 35 such Gatherings that will take place throughout the United States, the Caribbean and most recently Africa, during this year. This year the Gathering took place at a local charter school in Boston whose principal is a long time participant in the Black Men's Gathering. Prayer, punctuated by the rhythm of African drums flowed into study of the 2009 Ridvan message from the Universal House of Justice to the Baha'is of the world and a letter from the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States about the historical and spiritual significance of the recent presidential election. The following day there was more prayer and further spiritual reflection on the contribution of men of African Descent to advancing the establishment of a global civilization. We then embraced the wider community through hosting a devotional meeting at the Boston Baha'i Center. I'll close with these words of Baha'u'llah: There lay concealed within the Holy Veil, and prepared for the service of God, a company of His chosen ones who shall be manifested unto men, who shall aid His Cause, who shall be afraid of no one, though the entire human race rise up and war against them. These are the ones who, before the gaze of the 281 dwellers on earth and the denizens of heaven, shall arise and, shouting aloud, acclaim the name of the Almighty, and summon the children of men to the path of God, the All-Glorious, the All-Praised. Walk thou in their way, and let no one dismay thee. Be of them whom the tumult of the world, however much it may agitate them in the path of their Creator, can never sadden, whose purpose the blame of the blamer will never defeat.

Go forth with the Tablet of God and His signs, and rejoin them that have believed in Me, and announce unto them tidings of Our most holy Paradise. Warn, then, those that have joined partners with Him. Say: I am come to you, O people, from the Throne of glory, and bear you an announcement from God, the Most Powerful, the Most Exalted, the Most Great. In mine hand I carry the testimony of God, your Lord and the Lord of your sires of old. Weigh it with the just Balance that ye possess, the Balance of the testimony of the Prophets and Messengers of God

(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 280)