Saturday, 6th April 2019
10:00 am – Devotions
10:15 am – Acknowledgment of Country & Welcome
10:25 am – Counsellor’s Keynote Address (Session 1)
11:05 am – Music & Story: Sacrifice & Service
11:15 am – By Member of National Spiritual Assembly: Universal Participation: The role each one of us can play in the advancement of civilisation (Session 2)
11:45 am – Screening of Daga Extract from “A Widening Embrace”
11:55 am – By Counselor: Transformation of a Community: The Daga Story (Session 3)
12:30 pm – Pacific Islander Dancing
12:45 pm – Lunch
2:00 pm – Group Singing
2:15 pm – Screening of Extract from “Light to the World”
2:30 pm – Worship & Service: Strengthening the Devotional Character of our Communities (Session 4)
3:00 pm – Group Singing
3:10 pm – Afternoon Tea
3:40 pm – Workshops
5:40 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Dramatic Performance: Martha Root (Abridged)
7:30 pm – Devotions
7:40 pm – Live Music
Counsellor’s Keynote Address (Session 1)
“The world is in travail, and its agitation waxeth day by day” Wrote Baha’u’llah. Today, we see this turmoil all around us. We live in a world in the clutches of manifold ills. Religious fundamentalism, nationalism and racism are on the rise. Different versions of “us” and “them” are pushing people apart and trust in institutions and moral values are at their lowest ebb.
The reality that humanity is one people is the starting point for building a new world. Bahá’ís are striving to move humanity towards Bahaullah’s vision of unity. We are engaged in efforts with like-minded people to build communities founded on principles of love, unity and justice. We are developing our capacity for engaging those around us “in conversations about how to bring about spiritual and material well-being through systematic application of the divine teachings”. We welcome, in a wide embrace, everyone who wishes to join us in building of a new world. We have the means and the framework to build communities untainted by racial, national, or religious prejudice and transform both the material and spiritual aspects of life. This session will explore the concepts and elements of the framework of the divine Plan which is the surest way to contribute to community’s prosperity and wellbeing.
By Member of National Spiritual Assembly: Universal Participation: The role each one of us can play in the advancement of civilisation (Session 2)
The pattern of community life we are creating is to give rise to vibrant and purposeful new “communities wherein relationships are founded on the oneness of mankind, universal participation, justice, and freedom from prejudice”. This new environment makes it possible for all to play their part – whatever that might be – and contribute to the betterment of society while receiving loving mutual support and assistance.
The House of Justice notes that should we “learn the ways and methods of community building in small settings… the long-cherished goal of universal participation… we are certain, [will] move by several orders of magnitude within grasp. This session will assist us to appreciate the wide embrace of the framework of the Plan, how we can all arise to play our part and how we can serve in small settings.
By Counselor: Transformation of a Community: The Daga Story (Session 3)
Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation is vast. It calls for a profound change not only at the level of the individual but also in the structure of society. The children of Daga sing a song that describes the journey of profound change that they are on as individuals and as a community. A transformation caused by the Revelation of Baha’u’llah that is manifesting itself “both outwardly and inwardly” and affecting both the inner life and the external conditions.
The Daga story, is the story of a cluster, as told by the children in the song, that is advancing the frontiers of learning from its early days. This is a song that we can all sing as we walk the path of service individually and collectively. It is a song of change and transformation that we will learn and sing in this session.
Worship & Service: Strengthening the Devotional Character of our communities (Session 4)
The Mashriqu’l-Adhkar has been described by ‘Abdu’l-Baha as “one of the most vital institutions of the world”, which binds together the two essential and inseparable aspects of Baha’i life: worship and service. As we advance our community building efforts across diverse settings, we become conscious of the emergence of the devotional spirit that characterises our service and finds expression in the hosting of devotional gatherings and the educational activities.
The House of Justice states “….in their acts of service, especially in their regular devotional gatherings, Bahá’ís everywhere are laying the spiritual foundations of future Houses of Worship.”
This session will assist our understanding of how every act of service will contribute to the development of vibrant communities and how “Devotional gatherings, the embryo of the local Mashriqu’l-Adhkár, kindle the stirrings of the spirit and ignite the flame of service.” And that visiting one another’s homes weaves bonds of love and union. And that teaching can become a way of life.
(i) How do I start a devotional gathering in my neighbourhood?
(ii) How do I shed my fears of reaching out to my neighbours?
(iii) How do I read the reality of my neighbourhood?
(iv) How do I move from a service provider mentality to a collaborator mentality?
(v) How does our language evolve to be aligned with our framework for action?
(vi) What are the range of conversations I can have around the Baha’i Faith and its community building processes?
(vii) How can the Training Institute help build capacity for service?
(viii) What are opportunities for offering a period of service?
(viii) What are opportunities for homefront pioneering?
(ix) What does a culture of learning look like and what is my role?
(x) Junior Youth & Youth
(xi) Persian: 18th Jan, 2019 (Opportunities for service)