Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Completely decentralized Holy Day celebration in Phoenix

As growth progresses in clusters, it is only natural that more and more aspects of community life will begin decentralizing down to the neighborhood level. Already many large communities have neighborhood Feasts. So this report from Phoenix, AZ (A) is quite intriguing. Although Phoenix, like many large urban communities, has a Bahá’í center, the friends decided to try something different: They would have a completely decentralized Holy Day celebration. This letter from the Local Spiritual Assembly to the Phoenix Bahá’í community both describes how this approach worked and lovingly encourages the friends onto further action.

Dearly loved friends:

Last night the Feast and Anniversaries Task Force shared with us the exciting news of first decentralized Holy Day celebration around Phoenix. Over 150 friends attended the dozen or more events, celebrating the Birth of the Báb. The Local Spiritual Assembly is overjoyed by this news. The number of friends attending this Holy Day was much higher than we have ever had at the Bahá’í Center. Indeed a milestone for our cluster. . . .

With another Holy Day coming up next week, Birth of Bahá’u’lláh on November 12, it is our ardent hope that each team has planned a celebration fit for this glorious occasion. If you are not part of a team, please consider planning your own celebration, inviting family, friends and neighbors to your home. The Assembly would love to hear of new teams forming.

Please accept the Assembly’s heartfelt gratitude and prayers for the success of your upcoming celebrations.

With loving Bahá’í greetings,

Spiritual Assembly of Phoenix

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