Sunday, July 12, 2009
I'm at the annual Black Men's Gathering Leadership Forum at Green Acre Baha'i School and just wanted to do a quick post. This year, the forum has been reduced to three days rather than a full week as it has been in the past. It began last night with drumming, singing, chanting and recitation of prayers as always. We then studied a letter from the Universal House of Justice which is addressed to the Baha'is of the world each year during the Ridvan Festival. We then consulted on the implications of the letter for our efforts to contribute to the spiritual and moral transformation of people of African descent in America through applying the teachings of Baha'u'llah. I think the insight for me from this discussion was the sense of increasing strength of the global Baha'i community and the potential it has to contribute to the betterment of the world. Related to this is appreciating my contribution that process as an African American man. We also studied a letter from the Univeral House of Justice regarding the escalating persecution of the Baha'is of Iran in the context of the recent unrest in that country and the promises contained in the Baha'i writings of Iran's future. Today we shared learning from our activities at the local level throughout the united states and the Caribbean. This year we are honored by the presence of Mr. Glenford Mitchell, a former member of the Universal House of Justice. We were also taught a song by the incomparable Baha'i composer and choir director Van Gilmer.
More to come later.