CommuNIqué - Newsletter of the Bahá'í Community in Northern Ireland
Issue 117 - 16 Azamat 163 BE - 1 June 2006 CE


The Training Institute Newsletter



The annual Tutor Encounter organized by the Training Institute for Northern Ireland over the week-end of 22-23 April was a wonderful experience. More tutors attended than ever before and an exciting new addition this year were the youth animators. On the opening morning our souls were elated with the beautiful prayers, readings and music set in a special marquee bedecked with Persian rugs, lighting, flowers and fruit. This set the scene for the rest of the week-end, excellent workshops based on the Universal House of Justice’s letter of 27 December 2005 message brought full participation from all involved. Audio-visual presentations, music, dance and entertainment focused on different aspects of taking forward the training process and of the movement of clusters from one stage of development to another. The spirit of unity, commitment, encouragement and focus, for working together as a community to bring the healing message of Bahá'u'lláh to all of mankind, brought renewed determination and joy to all. A very special, moving and inspirational video on the Hands of the Cause of God was truly one of the highlights of the week-end and had its own effect on the hearts of all who saw it. As with all of these precious occasions when the friends get together time flew-by very quickly and we all left enthused, happy and committed to play our part in facing the challenges and successes that lie ahead. Sincere thanks to all involved in making the event so successful.

Report by Rosemary Jamshidi

NI Tutor Encounter April 2006


Belfast and South East
(Old Clusters 1, 2 and 3)

First cycle of Intensive Programme of Growth (IPG) for this ‘A’ cluster starts on 3 June! This is historic!

Seven Valleys Cluster

Seven Valleys Cluster Completes Ruhi Book 4

The Rezvani house in Coleraine was the venue for a truly enjoyable Ruhi Book 4 study circle (Ocean of Light). This was no fast track program, every page was enjoyed over seven Saturdays and much planning went into service projects – two story-telling nights and two holy days. The Birth of Bahá'u'lláh celebration was shared by 24 people, about half being neighbours, and was held in Magherafelt. A larger Naw-Rúz party was held in the Rezvani home in Coleraine. We are looking forward to the next book.

(Seven Valleys is Northern Ireland’s new Priority Cluster)


Spearhead 2 schedule

Planning for the spearhead campaign is now well underway. This is the final version of the programme. Although the programme is primarily organised for youth, all are welcome. To reserve a place on the courses of your choice, please contact Darragh Graham

Institute Coordinators for Northern Ireland

Cluster 1 (Temp name Belfast and South East):
Mahan Hashemi-zadeh

Cluster 2 (Stars of the West):
Vida Lake

Cluster 3 (Hainsworth):
Anne Munro

Cluster 4 (Seven Valleys):
Sina Rezvani

Junior Youth Coordinator for Northern Ireland:
Edwina Agahi

Children’s Class Coordinator for Northern Ireland:
Pat Jamshidi

Regional Coordinator for Northern Ireland:
Arjang Agahi

For further information related to the core activities of the Plan, please contact your Area Coordinator, or the Coordinator for Junior Youth or Children’s Classes, or visit