What is this all about generally?
Welcome! So, what is this page
all about anyway? Well, put simply it is about bringing peace
and happiness to this earth in these complex and trying times.
With the whirlwind of current events as an apt background,
Bahá'ís, followers of Bahá'u'lláh ('Glory of God'), are engaged
in the spiritual revitalization and transformation of the entire
planet. Far from battling each of the uncountable ills humanity
is suffering from, Bahá'ís view teaching others about our Faith
and its redemptive power as one of the most meritorious (and
productive) acts we can do in this age to bring about the common
recognition of the oneness of humanity and initiate the dawn of
international peace and reconciliation.
Bahá'ís believe in one loving creator
known by many names, who sent one unfolding religion renewed
from age to age to teach one human family in all of its many
colors. Bahá'u'lláh declared his mission as a Manifestation of
God brining the Divine Message previously enunciated by Moses,
Buddha, Jesus, and Mohammad to a world that was leaving
adolescence and entering maturity - a world ready to
demonstrate the truth that, "The earth is but one country and
mankind its citizens."
One distinguishing feature of the Bahá'í
Faith is the explicitly authorized line of successorship after
the passing of Bahá'u'lláh that has enabled the Faith to avoid
was appointed as the Interpreter of his father's teachings, and
he appointed the twin institutions of the Guardianship and the
Universal House of Justice. Since its inception in 1963 the
Universal House of Justice has conceived a series of multi-year
plans that outline the most productive activities Bahá'ís can
undertake at the time.
What is this all about specifically?
We are currently in the last year of a
5-year plan that encourages the holding of study circles,
devotional gatherings, and children's classes. In addition, for
those clusters (~ 10,000 in total spread across the entire globe) that
have a sizeable group of well-trained Bahá'ís we are asked to launch "Intensive
Programs of Growth," which are divided into 3-4 month cycles
(further divided into phases), aiming ultimately to meaningfully
share the Faith with others and provide a sturdy and extensible
mechanism to walk with them toward Bahá'u'lláh. Bahá'ís call
sharing our Faith 'Teaching' and we are encouraged to make this the
"dominating passion of our lives".
What is the Plan for this Cycle in
Increase the size of the community of
(The community of interest is the
number of our friends attending Bahá'í events)
Move the existing community of interest
from one stage to the next.
(Inviting our friends to study the
Baha'i Faith more deeply and then, or sooner,
lovingly inviting them to
join the Cause)
||3rd cycle is launched
||Teams are formed,
teaching plans formulated, resources prepared,
strategies put in place
INTENSIVE TEACHING PHASE •
||Vigorous personal and
community of interest and new believers into core
activities, firesides, and home visits
||PLANNING FOR NEXT
||Reflect and begin
planning for next cycle
||4th cycle is launched