New Course on the Hands of the Cause of God Available for Registration: Rededicate Your Life of Service to Bahá’u’lláh
“I had a view of the Hands of the Cause as being unattainably good and skilled—as if they were perfect and probably never struggled like I do,” wrote a youth who took the course. She went on to add, “But now I understand that they also struggled with feelings of inadequacy but did not let it stop them from serving.”
So how can the course be new, and yet we have a comment from a learner in The Hands of the Cause of God: Pathways of Service? Funny how that came about. To inspire year-of-service volunteers and youth to dedicate their efforts to advancing the goals of the Five Year Plan, the Wilmette Institute, in the spring of 2016, developed this special one-month course and offered it to youth all across the country. One group took the course in May 2016 and another in August 2016. Some of the youth, like the one quoted above, said that the Hands’ dedication, consecration, devotion to prayer, determination, and confidence did, indeed, inspire them and help them rededicate themselves to their efforts to serve the Faith.
With the Universal House of Justice calling for “immense exertion” and “concerted efforts” for accomplishing the goals of the Five Year Plan bringing us to the conclusion of the first century of the Formative Age of our Faith, the Wilmette Institute staff decided that everyone, not just the youth, could use inspiration from the stories of the sacrifices of the Hands of the Cause. The youth quoted above also had this to say about the actions of the Hands: “The way they overcame was by praying, making an effort, and obeying the commands of God, of Bahá’u’lláh, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and Shoghi Effendi. This makes me feel as if I shouldn’t be ashamed to struggle because, of course, everyone struggles. In some way, all of us are inadequate because we are human, but with God’s assistance, we can draw on His strength to achieve the goals of the Plan and become more obedient.” Another youth went in another direction: “Mostly my new feelings evolve around how much more I need to read and learn about Bahá’í history. I think that, if you grow up in the Faith, you run the risk of getting so comfortable with certain aspects of the Faith, that you are not learning about it comprehensively. It is important, however, to be able to look to the past so that you can project to the future.”
Now the Wilmette Institute is offering the month-long course to everyone. Its base price is only $50 ($40 for seniors, students, and pioneers). The course is enriched with compilations, many published stories by the Hands, and a rich selection of videos about them.
Since all of the Hands of the Cause have departed from this world, a course on their unique contributions to the Bahá’í Faith is timely and allows us to be inspired by their service once again and to find in their firmness in the Covenant models of dedication for our own lives.
You can sign up for the course by clicking here.