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“Aware of the significance of the time in which we live, drawing on the potency of The Word of God and emboldened by the spiritual destiny of our Pacific region, we look ahead with joy and confidence to fulfilling the goals of the Plan and making a worthy contribution to the closing of the first century of the Formative Age.”
Over the past year the friends in Invercargill have been focused on strengthening the process of expansion and consolidation that was stimulated by the bicentenary celebrations of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh in 2017.
One of many examples where young people are dedicating their time and energy in reaching out in friendship to others.
The South Island Council reflects on how the recent South Island Summer School highlighted the role of the individual in the Plan, demonstrated by the energy and initiative of a junior youth, the determined efforts of pioneers, and by the pledges of young and old to carry out acts of service.
For seven days in January youth from the communities of Waimakariri, Waitaki, Timaru, Dunedin and Invercargill gathered together to learn how we, as youth, can create true bonds of friendship and how, by working with younger youth, we can foster a spirit of unity and service in our own communities.
The story of how one family responded to the call for pioneering to a goal cluster after participating in the summer initiative (a campaign of learning, teaching and pioneering to help those clusters that need support to intensify their growth activities to meet the goals of the Five Year Plan).
Representatives of the National Spiritual Assembly, Regional Baha’i Council, and Auxiliary Board met with the Local Spiritual Assembly of Timaru and their new believer.
Studying Book 9, Unit 1 “Gaining an Historical Perspective: The Eternal Covenant” has provided an opportunity to strengthen friendships and gain insights for participants in a study circle from the Coastal Otago cluster.
There was a diversity of celebrations held for the Twin Holy Days in the South Island with many focusing on artistic activities and performances.
A new pioneer to the West Coast of the South Island has high hopes for this region “to take the Faith to next level”.
Glimpses of activities and local communities through the eyes of two Swedish Bahá'ís travelling in the South Island.
It is with great excitement that the latest developments in the children's programme are being shared.
Uplifting dinner and devotions create connections, spirituality and joy.
We need your help in accelerating the efforts to achieve intensive programmes of growth in every cluster of Aotearoa. Anyone can potentially arise as a pioneer.
After the North Island Regional Bahá'í Council set goals for the Waikato cluster to enable it to reach the third milestone by the end of the Plan, the Waikato District Spiritual Assembly took ownership of its share of goals.
A group of youth, tutors and supporters attended a Ruhi wānanga at the Okataina Outdoor Education Centre near Rotorua. The purpose was to enable the participants to undergo a process of profound transformation through studying the Word of God and to raise their capacity to serve their communities.
One afternoon in Tikipunga, Whangarei – a story about the effects of the institute process.
We are now almost midway between the two bicentenaries. The Council is calling for pioneers and encouraging all to support the regional goal of holding devotional gatherings in every Bahá’í home.
South Island pioneering map and goals
At the Ngāti Moki Marae, in the Selwyn District of Canterbury, 12 youth participated in an intensive training wananga during the July school holidays.