February 4, 2012
To the Beloved Friends Gathered at the Cluster Reflection Meeting
The Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Scottsdale warmly embraces each of you and extends its greetings to our tireless Bahá'í co-workers who have made this meeting possible.
As we reflect on the last three months and prepare for the next cycle in our Cluster, the Assembly directs your focus to the very purpose of this meeting. We are here to share the experience thus far accumulated to set before humanity a vision of the New World Order. The Universal House of Justice elucidates in its December 12, 2011, message the nature of the path service on which we have embarked:
“The main sequence of courses is organized so as to set the individual, whether Baha'i or not, on a path being defined by the accumulating experience of the community in its endeavour to open before humanity the vision of Baha'u'llah's World Order. The very notion of a path is, itself, indicative of the nature and purpose of the courses, for a path invites participation, it beckons to new horizons, it demands effort and movement, it accommodates different paces and strides, it is structured and defined. A path can be experienced and known, not only by one or two but by scores upon scores; it belongs to the community. To walk a path is a concept equally expressive. It requires of the individual volition and choice; it calls for a set of skills and abilities but also elicits certain qualities and attitudes; it necessitates a logical progression but admits, when needed, related lines of exploration; it may seem easy at the outset but becomes more challenging further along. And crucially, one walks the path in the company of others.”
Our ardent prayer in the Spiritual Assembly is that we as a community develop an understanding, a willing participation, lofty qualities, and fitting attitudes to behold with our own eyes the unfolding of the new horizons that define the New World Order of Baha’u’llah.
With Loving Greetings,