CommuNIqué - Newsletter of the Bahá'í Community in Northern Ireland
Issue 84 - 1 Kamál 160 BE - 1 August 2003 CE
FROM THE BAHÁ'Í COUNCIL
Dear Bahá'í Friends,
Study circles, devotionals and childrens classes are not goals in themselves. They are a means or process by which the goal of entry by troops can be realised. Creating a sustained process challenges the maturity, dedication and commitment of us as believers in a unique way. However Abdul-Bahá in the Tablets of the Divine Plan gave us clear guidance on how our efforts could be crowned with success. He called such souls who divorce themselves from the human world, celestial spirits, divine angels and heavenly armies.
Calling on us to rise to this level of service in order that our hearts may become more illumined through the Rays of the Sun of Reality, He went on to set out the conditions we as believers need to fulfil to gain this station referred to as an Apostle of Bahá'u'lláh.
This is the station we are being called to, if we challenge ourselves to achieve it Abdul-Bahá promises that all the ideal forces and lordly confirmations will rush to our support and reinforcement.
With warmest Bahá'í greetings,
Navid Gornall presents a Bahá'í prayer to Mr Paul Trainor, Principal of the Spires Integrated Primary School, Magherafelt. This took place at the Bahá'í Morning Assembly at the school on 13 June.
DERRY DEEPENS ON LIFE OF BAHÁ'U'LLÁH
This years Deepenings in Derry are focusing on Bahá'í history and heritage. The Londonderry Bahá'ís hosted a two-part deepening by Eddie Whiteside on The Life Of Bahá'u'lláh on 27 June and 4 July in the local Centre. They were attended by Bahá'ís from both sides of the border. Eddies audio visual presentation took us on a journey from the beginning of Bahá'u'lláhs earthly life to the day He died, using a slide projector and pre-recorded audio to get across the message. It was a truly inspiring presentation. All present at the Londonderry Bahá'í Centre agreed that Eddie and Marie who produced the presentation had outdone themselves and opened the communities mind to Baháí history in a way few others had. We are all sure that the next deepening in the series, on the life of Abdul-Bahá is just as inspiring.
Endnotesomething to think about
NAM CONCORDIA PARVAE RES CRESCUNT DISCORDIA MAXIMAE DILABANTUR
(Harmony makes small things grow, while discord destroys even that which is great)
FROM THE TRAINING INSTITUTE
Participants at the recent fast-track courses for tutors, arranged by the Training Institute as part of the development of the Plan in Northern Ireland
Processes of the Lesser PeaceEdited by Babak Bahador and Nazila Ghanea
Published by George Ronald
Editors note: In his last letter to the Bahá'ís of these islands the Guardian referred to a wider dissemination of Bahá'í literature as being a rock-bottom requirement for the progress of the Faith here. What we understand by literature has broadened to include audio-visual items, the Web, etc., but the need remains. So short reviews will be featured in CommuNIqué as space permits
They came of their own free will.
They came without invitation.
They each, all eighteen of them, searched for and found Him, the Promised One, the Qáim, the Báb.
With complete abandonment of self to His will they each followed His instruction to the letter, without fear for loss of life or limb. His wish was their only desire.
To their very last breath they arose to announce his coming, spread His message and proclaim His Cause.
No power on earth would they allow to prevent the surging growth of the Cause of God. This was, after all, Gods own plan for the salvation of all the dwellers of earth.
How could they, how could He ever be defeated?
Theirs was the honour of being the first believers, the first to be given the opportunity to proclaim this Great Cause!
They would die for this Cause Why would they not?
How could any earthly force ever prevent the Will of God.
Why would they prevail?
Two words .
(A collaborative artistic endeavour from theJohn McCann Study Circle)
Province-wide celebration arranged by the Baháí Council for Northern Ireland
Sunday 12 October 2003