Kamál, 09 Mulk (Dominion), 178 B.E.
Deer track in the snow by a clump of grape hyacinth (Muscari neglectum) waiting in the wings for spring to arrive …
Experimented with MailChimp by drafting an initial campaign message using text from the “How’s the Weather?” letter, and sending out a “test” version:
Not bad. Now, before the core team blesses it and releases it to the inboxes of all those in the contact list, we need to see if anyone steps forward to take responsibility for managing the newsletter distribution process from one edition to the next. There’s always enough excitement about the FIRST message to tick through the steps, but it’s the second and third and sixth and tenth and so forth that make it a drag. I don’t want that. So, I may rest comfortably doing a “one and done” and knowing that if I must I can use MailChimp, but I don’t have to.
For now, it’s to the next hill to climb!
Bahá’u’lláh states that “the purpose for which mortal men have, from utter nothingness, stepped into the realm of being, is that they may work for the betterment of the world and live together in concord and harmony.” He has revealed teachings that make this possible. Building a society that consciously pursues this collective purpose is the work of not only this generation, but of many generations to come, and Bahá’u’lláh’s followers welcome all who labour alongside them in this undertaking. It means learning how to raise up vibrant, outward-looking communities; it means those communities learning how to bring about spiritual and material progress; it means learning how to contribute to the discourses that influence the direction of that progress. These areas of endeavour are, naturally, familiar ones. Seen from one perspective, they are quite distinct, each having its own characteristics and imperatives. Yet they all represent ways of awakening the energies latent in the human soul and channelling them towards the betterment of society. Together, they are means of releasing what the Guardian described as “the society-building power” of the Faith. This inherent power possessed by the Cause of Bahá’u’lláh is visible even in the fledgling efforts of a Bahá’í community learning to serve humanity and promote the Word of God. And though the world society foreshadowed in His Revelation is of course far distant, communities that are earnestly learning to apply His teachings to their social reality abound. How immensely blessed are those souls who, alive to the greatness of this Day and the significance of their actions, strive for the emergence of a society shaped by the divine teachings. 1
- Universal House of Justice. “To the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors.” Bahá’í Reference Library, 30 Dec. 2021, https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/the-universal-house-of-justice/messages/20211230_001/1#758524475 [return]