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3 Qualities That Can Improve the World

The Baha’i world is teeming with joy and deliberation after reading and reflecting on the recent 30 December 2021 message of the Universal House of Justice. With its optimism about the future of the world and its emphasis on contributing to social good, people all around the world are consulting and planning on how they can put this vision into action where they live.

There are so many profound points in this message, but I’d like to share my understanding of one excerpt. The Universal House of Justice says:

The enkindled souls being raised up through the processes of the Plan are seeking to gain an ever more profound understanding of Baha’u’llah’s teachings—“the sovereign remedy for every disease”—and to apply them to the needs of their society… They emphasize qualities and attitudes—such as trustworthiness, cooperation, and forbearance—that are building blocks of a stable social order.

The message explicitly mentions three qualities that relate to the betterment of the world so I’d like to reflect on them. The message goes on to describe other qualities and attitudes and each could be deserving of its own article, or more! In this post however, I’d like to focus on trustworthiness, cooperation and forbearance using the metaphor of constructing a house for the society-building work we are engaged in. Continue reading

My Thoughts on Building the World Anew in the Coming Nine Years

Mainstream news sources and social media are saturated with gloom and doom stories and dire warnings as to where the world is rapidly descending. Meanwhile, the Baha’i community is staunchly and totally undaunted. It’s planning ahead, confident humanity has the ability to overcome its difficulties. And, yes, we do have a future to look forward to. Whew, thank goodness for that!

In a recent flourish of four letters in six days, the Universal House of Justice sets the scene for the upcoming Nine Year Plan. This is the next step in an ongoing series of global plans. The letters are also designed to provide guidance for the next 25 years. That foresight, and worldwide overview, is remarkable given most of us have no idea where we will be next week, month or year, especially after the last two traumatic rollercoaster years.

The contents of these messages from the Universal House of Justice are already being studied intently and in depth by millions of people in every part of the globe who are applying the guidance in the letters to the realities of where they live. This process is sending growing waves of excitement and expectations rippling throughout national and local Baha’i communities spread across the world, including my own one here in Aotearoa – New Zealand.

So what do these important Baha’i letters say?

Well, to begin I should clarify that this article in no way offers a comprehensive summary but I’d like to share what I think are some central themes. Continue reading

A Study Guide for the Universal House of Justice Message 25 Nov. 2020

It’s always so exciting when the Universal House of Justice releases a message, and the recent letter released to the Baha’is of the World on the occasion of the Day of the Covenant, 25 November, 2020, was of no exception.

A few of the members of my Baha’i community on the Gold Coast, Australia, put together a Study Guide to help us reflect and deepen our understanding of the letter, and so with their permission, I’m sharing it here in case you find it useful too. Continue reading