Bahai News - Message from the Bahá'í Council for Northern Ireland
Message from the Bahá'í Council for Northern Ireland
Warmest love and greetings from the Baha'i Council for Northern Ireland. What
exciting times we are living in! The Counsellors of the world and some 849
Auxiliary Board Members have just returned from the World Centre to their 172
countries after participating in the ceremony to mark the occupation by the
International Teaching Centre of its permanent seat. In a few short months we
shall witness the momentous official opening of the Terraces on Mount Carmel.
Meanwhile the Baha'i World stands at the threshold of a new global Five Year
Plan of our beloved Universal House of Justice. How wonderful a bounty to be
alive and to serve in these never-to-be-repeated days.
Closer to home, the Bahá'í Council is slowly coming to terms
with the honour and responsibility placed upon it by those who took part in
its first election and how this act forever binds us with the Assemblies
around Northern Ireland. One of our earliest tasks was to set a budget for
the coming year. With this in mind we had the pleasure of meeting with our
National Treasurer, Dr Kishan Manocha, and the financial manager of the
Office of the Treasurer - Farzin Yourtchi. We finally agreed a budget of
some £36,000 of which we hope to raise a substantial proportion from
within the community here. This shows a mark of confidence in the community
and our hopes that activities throughout Northern Ireland will increase
through expansion and further consolidation of our communities. We hope to
meet with our Counsellors Mr Patrick O'Mara and Mr Shahriar Razavi in order
to share our plans and strategies for the future.
We are asking every Bahá'í to keep Saturday March the 31st
free for a Northern Ireland-wide Conference when we can share thoughts
and ideas and meet with the whole community as well as, we hope, one of our
Counsellors. Details of this meeting will be circulated in due course.
We have a change of Editor for CommuNIqué. This change has
become necessary since Edwin Graham's election as Secretary of the Council.
We would like to thank Edwin for the sterling work with the editorship in
the past. Our new editor is Dr Keith Munro and we wish him well with this
important responsibility. He has requested prayers for strength and
steadfastness in carrying out this essential function.
At the time of writing three of our hard won Assemblies are under numbers,
namely: Cookstown, Craigavon and Lisburn. We ask that you prayerfully
consider any ways in which you might support these 'beacons of light.'
Already the Council has decided to send its representatives to meet with
these communities to offer our wholehearted support both spiritual and
material in order to return these essential communities to full strength.
"That which He hath reserved for Himself are the cities of men's hearts; and
of these the loved ones of Him Who is the Sovereign Truth are, in this Day,
as the keys. Please God they may, one and all, be enabled to unlock, through
the power of the Most Great Name, the gates of these cities."
With warmest Bahá'í love,
Bahá'í Council for Northern Ireland
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