Study the Global Plan for the Betterment of the World: Part 1

The Regional Bahá’í Council invites community members of all Faiths to join in the study of the current global plan created by the Universal House of Justice.

Part 2: Study paragraphs 3-4 »

The first two paragraphs from the message, with questions for discussion below:

30 December 2021 

To the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors 

Dearly loved Friends, 

[1] At Riḍván this year we described how, over the course of a quarter century, the Bahá’í world underwent a transformation that endowed it with an undreamed-of capacity to learn, to grow, and to serve humanity. But, however bright were the achievements of this period, they must be eclipsed by what is to come. By the conclusion of the new series of Plans recently begun, the Bahá’í community will need to have acquired capacities that can scarcely be glimpsed at present. In your deliberations over the coming days, you will be occupied with exploring what is required to bring into being such a fortified community.

[2] Bahá’u’lláh states that “the purpose for which mortal men have, from utter nothingness, stepped into the realm of being, is that they may work for the betterment of the world and live together in concord and harmony.” He has revealed teachings that make this possible. Building a society that consciously pursues this collective purpose is the work of not only this generation, but of many generations to come, and Bahá’u’lláh’s followers welcome all who labour alongside them in this undertaking. It means learning how to raise up vibrant, outwardlooking communities; it means those communities learning how to bring about spiritual and material progress; it means learning how to contribute to the discourses that influence the direction of that progress. These areas of endeavour are, naturally, familiar ones. Seen from one perspective, they are quite distinct, each having its own characteristics and imperatives. Yet they all represent ways of awakening the energies latent in the human soul and channelling them towards the betterment of society. Together, they are means of releasing what the Guardian described as “the society-building power” of the Faith. This inherent power possessed by the Cause of Bahá’u’lláh is visible even in the fledgling efforts of a Bahá’í community learning to serve humanity and promote the Word of God. And though the world society foreshadowed in His Revelation is of course far distant, communities that are earnestly learning to apply His teachings to their social reality abound. How immensely blessed are those souls who, alive to the greatness of this Day and the significance of their actions, strive for the emergence of a society shaped by the divine teachings. 

Discussion questions from the Regional Council

  1. Reflecting on the progress that has been made over the past 25 years, what are some of the ways that you, your community and the Baha’i world have increased capacity to learn, grow and serve? Refer to the Bicentenary activities, Ridvan 2021 message or any of the films that the Universal House of Justice has commissioned.
  2. What teachings of Baha’u’llah do you or your friends share with others that make it possible for people to live in harmony and concord?
  3. What capacities must you and your Baha’i community develop during the coming Plan?

Part 2: Study paragraphs 3-4 »