This Reflection Meeting held on 3 July was the first one organised by the
newly-appointed Cluster Coordinating Committee, in collaboration with our two
Board members and our Area Coordinator. It was held in our beautiful summer
school venue of Lorne, and luckily the sun came out at lunch-time, so we were
able to enjoy our picnic lunch.
The day started with a beautiful devotional, which ended with everyone
singing "Blessed is the Spot". We then cleared the chairs, and played
a game which, as well as being fun, illustrated some of the qualities we need
to move from a B to an A cluster. Next followed a period of reflection where we
heard stories from people who were holding study circles, devotionals, or
carrying out home visits. Story-time followed, with an inspiring story about
Baha'u'llah told by Kiyan, and the story of Ahmad (for whom Baha'u'llah wrote
the Tablet), epically told by Aran Byrne.
The National Spiritual Assembly has sent Dr John Parris as its
representative, and he showed a PowerPoint presentation that dramatically
charged the atmosphere in the room. As he spoke, and showed us graphs about
where we are in the process, - you could hear gasps of surprise and amazement,
as he made us aware of just how close we were to becoming an A cluster. The
National Assembly had asked him to come for that very reason, even though there
was a Reflection Meeting that day in his own cluster. So we were left in no
doubt that with a bit more effort, our goal was within our reach.
The afternoon session opened with a few musical renditions from "
Charlie's Angels" (Charles-Charlie, Angels-spiritual beings- get it? ), a
group which we hops will grow bit by bit, to contribute "spiritual food to
future Reflection Meetings. Then the plan for the next three months was
launched, which included a presentation by our childrens class
co-ordinator, and a "playlet" about coming to terms with this new
concept of home visits performed by Susie, Gemma, and Nason. The pledges which
would make the plan happen came next, and there was a wonderful feeling in the
room as people reflected on what they could offer, and then put their pledges
on the various activities needed, There was a real sense of unity and purpose,
and more pledges than had ever been made before. The Training Institute
surprised us with a beautiful bouquet to convey its love and good wishes,
approximately 400 pounds was raised for the Edinburgh Fund thanks to Kamal
Maani, and the day ended with Nason leading us in a Greek dance.
Was the day productive and enjoyable?- Definitely! A big
thank you to everyone who came, and everyone involved in contributing to
the day. See you an 2 October!
SA for the Cluster Coordinating Committee
Key (Each book consists of 4 bars)
NOTE:There are just over a hundred Bahá'ís in the Charles
Overall: 10 study circles currently happening
Report by Area Coordinator Mahan
The animator course Breezes of confirmation has been going well
during the summer but with all things new, its had its challenges and
were continuing to endeavour to find the right amount of oil needed to
gear the cogs.
Im going to mention some of the fun activities (with large brush
strokes of spirituality) that we have done recently.
FORGET THE NEW BATMAN FILM, the Thornhill junior youth carried out a number
of sketches of Batman and his cohorts on the virtues discussed during class.
Seeing the Penguin empathise, Catwoman portray patience, the Joker laugh with
courage and the way Batman drove away in that batmobile
(of laughter) were running down my eyes.
Bahá'í friends came and we played with various musical
instruments, we tried to harmonise the instruments and our voices. Not to
mention the wicked rap songs that were written in 20 minutes.
Looking at these junior youth, the future is bright.
Report by Junior Youth CoordinatorAfnan Hashemi-zadeh
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