The course is directed predominantly at young adults over 15 years of age, and is especially useful for those pursuing university level studies. It trains the youth to correlate the Teachings of Bahá’u'lláh to the thoughts and needs of people today, giving them a clear, intellectual, rational understanding that the universal crisis afflicting humanity is essentially spiritual in nature and demonstrating that these Teachings are the sole remedy for the innumerable ills of individuals and society.
The crucial need of the human race is to find a unifying vision of the nature of man and society. This course develops in the youth the skills necessary to obtain such a coherent vision, giving them a clear understanding of core Bahá’í beliefs such that they can apply basic spiritual principles to every aspect of life. Through the use of the creative Word of God, through artistic expression and dramatic performances, by memorising several sacred verses pertaining to various subjects, together with the application of cogent arguments, they can present the Teachings to their peers in their pure form, and in ways that they will understand and welcome, and thus reignite the flame of search within the hearts of their contemporaries.
Requirements for participants at the course are: Enthusiasm, discipline, good knowledge of the English language, and commitment to participation in the entire course.
In the light of the writings of Shoghi Effendi, the youth acquire a profound understanding of the operation of forces of decline and growth creating universal ferment in the world today, and leading a travailing humanity to its glorious destiny. They are able to appreciate the dynamics of crisis and victory. They can demonstrate to their peers by personal example as well as their knowledge, the society-building power of the Faith, creating true liberty and abiding happiness. Thus they can, with deep conviction, vindicate the truth of these divinely inspired words of the Universal House of Justice:
“The Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh is, indeed, an invitation to freedom - freedom from want, freedom from war, freedom to unite, freedom to progress, freedom in peace and joy.”
The course will be held from July 14th to 27th 2014 at the Townshend International School and the cost for full board will be €455. All materials will be digitally available - if a hard copy is needed, additional costs may apply. Further details will be sent upon registration. For additional information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.