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2: Unit 2: Deepening themes

Book 2 Arising to Serve: Unit 2: Deepening themes pages 21-56

Purpose: “To develop the capacity of making periodic visits to the homes of newly enrolled believers and sharing with them a number of deepening themes.”

Practice: “Visit a few families and study with them at least the first three themes in this unit.”

  1. Deepening themes
    1. Eternal Covenant of God p.25
      1. “O Son of Man! I loved thy creation, hence I created thee. Wherefore, do thou love Me, that I may name thy soul with the spirit of life.”
      2. I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee. I testify, at this moment, to my powerlessness and to Thy might, to my poverty and to Thy wealth. There is none other God but Thee, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting. Short obligatory prayer, to be recited once in twenty-four hours, at noon.
    2. Life of Baha’u’llah p. 30
    3. Importance of Unity p. 36
    4. Nineteen Day Feast
    5. Significance of giving to the Fund
    6. Teaching the Cause
    7. The Fast
    8. 10 Principles of the Baha’i Faith

Section 1: pp. 23-25

In this section there is an imagined scenario of a youth who has just finished participating in a highly successful teaching campaign organized by the Local Spiritual Assembly through which a considerable number of believers joined the Baha’i community in a period of thirty days. The youth, Anna, is like other members of the teaching teams, chose a few families that she more or less knew and decided to visit them regularly.

Anna’s neighbours, Mr. and Mrs. Sanchez, who are in their sixties with adult children, who belong to a large extended family, are well known and highly respected throughout towns and villages in the area where they have lived for generations.

The Sanchez are literate but do not have a high level of education.

The first section on the fictional youth Anna, and those like her, who need to focus “development of their own spiritual qualities and their attitudes and by equipping them with the skills and abilities they need to trace their own path of service.”

Some of the attitudes to adopt

    1. purity of motive

Every meeting which is organized for the purpose of unity and concord will be conducive to changing strangers into friends, enemies into associated, and Abdul-Baha will be present in his heart and soul with that meeting (‘Abdu’l-Bahá).” Tablets of Abdul-Baha Abbas Bahá’í Publishing Committee, 1909 edition Pages: 730″

  1. humility (p.30 admit you don’t know answers but mention where you can find them); p.34 the foundation of all humility is humility before God.
  2. prayerful attitude
  3. preparation
    1. careful choice of discussion
    2. being clear on essential points (making a numbered list in logical sequence)
  4. build up your own confidence through preparation
  5. this service as a privilege
  6. patience (p.24)
  7. creativity (using skits)
  8. involving others in presentations (Anna worked with 15-year-old Beatrice to help her make presentation)

Some of the attitudes to avoid

  1. being judgemental
  2. having a sense of superiority (younger, more educated, better off, inability of others to “understand”
  3. a patronizing attitude
  4. tell all your own ideas with too much detail

Section 2 pp.25-30

Section 3 pp 30-35

Section 4 35-43

Section 5 43-49

Section 6 49-51

Section 7 51-54

References: p.55-56

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