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Like many other friends, I have tried to study the 29th of December letter. In this process, it has been helpful to structure the content of the letter. However, I noticed that all letters explain extensively “the process of sustainable growth” where clusters are moving along a continuum of stages that are marked by milestones.

If you wish to get a better overview of this “process of sustainable growth”, perhaps the below study guides/aids will be of assistance. This post has one new study guide/aid and also references previously posted material on this topic.

  • A  listing the steps of the “process of sustainable growth” with references to key letters for further explanation and elaboration of each step from different perspectives. The elaborative references are from the 29th of December 2015 letter, the 28th of December 2010 letter, the Ridvan Message of 2010 and Insights from the frontiers of learning.   – Steps of Process of Sustainable Growth

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The 29th of December 2015 letter from The Universal House of Justice has been studied (and will be studied more) and it might be time for some questions. If you wish to “test” your knowledge of the letter’s contents or perhaps end a deepening session with some questions, you might find this 29DEC2015 Letter Questions helpful.

The participants can be divided in two or more groups, and then each group chooses a question. If they answer the question correctly, they get the points. Once a question has been chosen, it will change colour but remember, after each question, just click next and the answer comes. Then just use the triangle in the lower left corner of the slide to get back to the main page with all the categories. There are 20 questions in total.

The questions are in PowerPoint format so you will need powerpoint or power point viewer to see the slides. You can download the powerpoint viewer for free (just google it).

The questions are, as you can see from the screen print below, categorised in words (meaning of difficult words), quotes (missing words), numbers (asking for numbers stated in the letter) and who (which institution is entrusted with certain tasks).

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In a letter from the Universal House of Justice to the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors dated 29th of December 2015, the features of the coming Five Year Plan is defined. No doubt, this document will be thoroughly studied in all corners of the world. Download the letter in pdf here: UHJ Letter 29 December 2015 Five Year Plan 2016-2021.

You can also download the UHJ Letter dated 29 Dec 2015 numbered paragraphs.

 

THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE

29 December 2015

To the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors

Dearly loved Friends,

The Plan upon which the Bahá’í world embarked nearly five years ago is in its closing stages; the final tally of its accomplishments grows still, but will soon be sealed. The collective effort it inspired has called for wholehearted reliance on those powers with which a benevolent Lord has endowed His loved ones. Gathered with you at this moment of reflection, we are conscious of a determination among the friends to bring the current Plan to a fitting conclusion, and of an eagerness to advance further along the path that experience has marked out.

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Introduction

 

Ridvan of 2016 will conclude the current Five Year Plan and the goal of 5000 programs of growth evaluated. The process of moving clusters along the continuum of development through milestones will continue. This compilation looks the guidance about moving from the first (programs of growth) to the second milestone (intensive programs of growth). It might be helpful to view the excerpts in light of the illustration below. This illustration shows “the two essential movements which continue to propel the process of growth—the steady flow of participants through the sequence of training institute courses and the movement of clusters along a continuum of development” (Ridvan Message 2014).

Two Movements IPG

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What does a “devotional attitude” mean and what kind of implications does it have in ones practical day-to-day life? What aspects does “devotional attitude” touch upon? Devotional has a facet of meanings such as love and loyalty for a person or a cause, worship or observance and prayer. It seems that all these meanings somehow focus on a focal point, a centre of attention, which is revered and obeyed. Attitude, on the other hand, means “settled way of thinking or feeling about something”. Combining these two definitions, it seems that devotional attitude in the context of a Bahá’í life, would imply incorporating love, loyalty, worship and observance as the way or the mode of operation in our patterns of thinking and feelings about Bahaullah as expressed in our behaviour as we translate that which has been written into reality. Read the rest of this entry »

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