CommuNIqué - Newsletter of the Bahá'í Community in Northern Ireland
Issue 75 - 17 'Ilm 159 - 1 November 2002 CE
COMMUNITY AND INDIVIDUAL NEWS
VISIT TO LORD MAYOR OF BELFAST
SOAP BOX RACE IN BELFAST
I desire distinction for you...
Congratulations to twenty-one years old David Palin who, with his team-mate, came runners-up in an all-Ireland "chef of the year" competition held under the auspices of the Irish hotel and catering body on 16 October. David, a member of the Magherafelt community (but Derry born and bred), was finalist on behalf of the Mid-Ulster area , one of thirty from all over Ireland. He was paired with the head chef of a leading Londonderry hotel to make one of the fifteen teams. In addition to the runner-up award he was singled out for special commendation as one of the youngest finalist in the competition.
CHAIRMAN OF OMAGH DISTRICT COUNCIL WARMLY WELCOMES BAHÁÍS
Four members of the Omagh Community recently met with the Chairman of Omagh District Council and presented him with a copy of Bahá'u'lláh, Who is Writing the Future, and The Prosperity of Humankind. It was a very successful meeting lasting for an hour and the Chairman constantly asked questions about the Faith. He was keen to know what Bahá'ís felt about abortion, divorce and life after death. The Bahá'í prayers were another aspect he showed great interest in and he asked each one if they had any particular favourites, one of the friends said a prayer for him, O God, refresh and gladden my spirit.... When leaving he escorted us out to the car and assured us he would read the books.
TÁHIRIH REMEMBERED IN DERRY
Women Then-and Now - Sarah Munro as Tahirih and Kerry Whiteside after the presentation
I remember there were moves a few years ago to try to get our holy days noted in diaries sold to the public and as a result some manufacturers started to put in one or two.
Last week I bought a WHSmith diary for 2003 while in Scotland and was pleasantly surprised to see that no less than seven Bahá'í holy days were listed - all of our major nine except the ninth and twelfth days of Ridván. For comparison numbers of holy days listed for other faiths were Christian (Western) 9, Christian (Eastern Orthodox) 4, Hindu 3, Chinese 1, Buddhist 3, Jewish 7, Sikh 6, and Muslim 7.
A nice piece of recognition. How do dairies from other sources compare, I wonder?
FROM THE TRAINING INSTITUTE
The Training Institute is delighted to share with you all news of the establishment of the following study circles in the month of October:
Causeway Cluster: 'Reflections on the Life of the Spirit', Course 1
To begin initial preparation of teachers of children's classes, a course was successfully held during September in Course 3, 'Teaching Children's Classes, Grade 1. At this writing, another weekend offering of this course is scheduled for the last weekend in October.
The Training Institute is extremely pleased to announce the opening of bookings for study circles in "The Twin Manifestations", Course 4 in the sequence. All those friends who have completed at least Courses 1 and 2 may apply for this exciting and wondrous course which offers a "thorough and systematic knowledge" of the lives of the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh and prepares one with skills to share this knowledge with others.
If you have not yet entered the sequence of courses offered by the Institute, or if you wish to arise to the summons of the Universal House of Justice to continue your advancement through the entire sequence, or indeed if you wish to have more information about the Training Institute programme, please contact the Study Circle Coordinator (details below).
Finally, some of you may wish to invite your enquirers to enter a study circle. To help you in this task, there is now available a brochure
which you can give to your enquirers to introduce Study Circles to them, and invite them to join one. This brochure has been approved by the
Training Institute for Northern Ireland, and can be posted to you, or alternatively emailed to you for printing out.
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