The Ridvan 2010 message of the Universal House of Justice to the Bahá’ís of the world urges us to “strengthen the institute process in the cluster”, to increase significantly the number of study circle tutors, and to markedly raise “the quality of the educational process” fostered by these study circles, so that local populations can experience an environment where they “see themselves as active agents of their own learning, as protagonists of a constant effort to apply knowledge to effect individual and collective transformation.” So study circles are clearly a high priority for us all!
So many of the teaching stories we receive for this blog confirm the high interest in study circles, as well as their transforming effect in seekers, new believers and veteran believers alike. Here is one story of a woman who recently declared her belief in Bahá’u’lláh online—it is just one of the latest examples of this process.
__ returned my call. She shared a wonderful story that she gave permission to be shared with others. . . .
She grew up in Chicago and could see the House of Worship from the window of her family's apartment. Even at a young age, she felt very drawn to the Bahá’í Faith. A few years ago, she passed the House of Worship by chance and went in. Since then she has been studying the details of the Faith. As she studied it, she realized that she could become a member of the Bahá’í Faith without abandoning her family or her belief in her former religion. She was especially drawn to the teachings about equality. She understands the position of Bahá’u’lláh and the basics of the Faith. As we reviewed the topics from Anna's conversation, it became clear that she is ready to become a Bahá’í. She wants to start a study circle as soon as possible.
__ travels a lot overseas, and the reason we had not been able to make contact with her recently was because she was out of the country.