Friday, September 12, 2008

Can't get enough of the Ruhi materials

This brief report from the Baltimore, MD (A) cluster shows some of the ways in which the various Ruhi materials have been used with people interested in learning more about the Faith. The friends involved gained insights about the needs and interests of their contacts.

This spring there was an intensive teaching effort in my neighborhood. One person expressed interest and so, my wife and I have returned to her home and met with her and her husband. We are doing our best to utilize all the Ruhi materials. First we started with Anna’s Presentation. Then, I offered to give presentations about the livers of the Twin Manifestations, using the materials from Ruhi Book 4. After that, we shared the deepening themes from Ruhi Book 2, usually one or two themes per visit. When we arrived at the deepening theme about the life of Bahá’u’lláh, I asked them if they felt they wanted to skip this section, since they had already studied similar content twice before. The reply was an emphatic “NO!” What had seemed very repetitious for me was in fact very welcome for them. Repeated study of Bahá’u’lláh’s life helps internalize the lessons therein.

We are now holding a Book 1 study circle with this couple and another family. One of the participants isn’t able to attend every session because of work, but studies the course book every morning to help orient himself spiritually for the day ahead.



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