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1 January 2010 - The Universal House of Justice, letter to Youth Conference in UK


1 January 2010

To the Friends Gathered at the Youth Conference in the United Kingdom

We have watched with admiration the eagerness with which the youth in the United Kingdom have stepped into the vanguard of the work of the Cause, reaching out to ever greater numbers of souls and engaging them in the community-building activities that lie at the heart of the Five Year Plan. Your earnestness, your energy, your intrepid determination not to shirk the demands of this Day mark you out for this all-important undertaking. Ably trained, spiritually enkindled, and eager for experience, you have arisen to seize the initiative in your immediate surroundings and beyond. The need for you to apply yourselves to service in two capacities in particular--as teachers of children's classes and as animators of
junior youth groups--has never been more apparent. Countless parents yearn for the means of developing their children's spiritual faculties that would lay within them the foundations of a principled and upright character. And surely every young person will flourish in a programme that helps to form a strong moral
identity in the critical years of early adolescence and empowers participants to contribute to the well-being of society. Beyond these specific fields of activity, you must not refrain from acquainting your peers with the potent, the compelling, the world-embracing mission with which you are charged. Which of them would not feel their spirits enriched for contemplating how, through the application of those far-reaching principles enunciated by Baha'u'llah, the regeneration of the world can be accomplished and its perplexing crises resolved? 

Which of them would not be raised to a new consciousness of humanity's capacity to "carry forward an ever-advancing civilization" by combining their energies with yours and bending them towards this noble aim?

That the spirit of this gathering may galvanize your energies and strengthen your resolve; that you may pledge to intensify your efforts in the path of service to humankind; above all, that you may be the recipients of an outpouring of the favours vouchsafed by the Blessed Beauty to those who arise for His Cause--these are our ardent supplications at the Sacred Threshold.

With loving Baha'i greetings,

[signed: The Universal House of Justice]

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The highly successful youth conference took place at Warwick University on 1-3 January 2010. Attended by some 400 Bahá'í youth and their friends, the gathering was blessed by the presence of our dear Counsellors Vivien Craig and Shirin Fozdar-Foroudi. Members of the National Spiritual Assembly also participated as did some members of the Auxiliary Board and the Bahá'í Councils.

The following message was sent to the Universal House of Justice from the participants of the youth conference:

3 January 2010

Our Well-Beloved Universal House of Justice

The 346 friends gathered at the Youth Conference in the United Kingdom on 1-3 January 2010 received with gladness the Message of the Supreme Body.

We were humbled by your expression of admiration and the special responsibilities you have charged us with. We reflected and earnestly consulted on your call to action.

Our energies were galvanized and our resolve was strengthened through hearing heroic stories of our spiritual forbears, and through insights shared from the field of service by our fellow youth.

Anticipating divine favours, we have committed ourselves to action, through the following pledges to establish or assist with core activities:

115 devotional meetings

75 children's classes

86 junior youth groups

93 study circles

With profound love


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The National Assembly has subsequently received the following communication and is delighted to share it with the friends:


7 January 2010

The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United Kingdom

Dear Baha'i Friends,

The Universal House of Justice warmly acknowledges receipt of the email letter dated 3 January 2010 from the participants of the recent youth conference held in the United Kingdom, which was enclosed with your communication dated 4 January 2010. The hundreds of pledges made to establish or assist with core activities is vivid testimony to the spirit of dedication which permeated that gathering. The friends may be assured of the prayers of the House of Justice in the Holy Shrines that Baha'u'llah may guide and confirm their every step taken in selfless service to His Cause.

With loving Baha'i greetings,

Department of the Secretariat

With loving Bahá'í greetings


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