Riḍván 2011 Annual Report
National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States
eloved Friends and Co-workers,At Riḍván last year, the Universal House of Justice shared the joyous news that, with the establishment of intensive programsof growth in 1,500 clusters throughout the world, the principalgoal of the Five Year Plan had been attained. With heads bowed ingratitude to God for this “outstanding achievement, this signal victory,” theSupreme Body noted that all who had labored in the field would “appreci-ate the bounty He has bestowed on His community in granting it a full yearto strengthen the pattern of expansion and consolidation now everywhereestablished, in preparation for the tasks it will be called upon to undertake inits next global enterprise.”The American Bahá’í community was able to participate fully in the sense of victory conveyed in that message—for it had not only met but had surpassedthe goal it had determined four years earlier to contribute to the worldwidetotal. Our joy was heightened by a message we received on the second dayof last year’s Bahá’í National Convention:
The Universal House of Justice was delighted to receive your email of 24 April 2010 with the joyous news that, by the close of the Riḍván period, 236 intensive programs of growth will be well under way inthe United States. … Such an accomplishment is worthy of so blesseda community. Having assiduously nurtured the roots of so many of your sister communities decades ago, you celebrate with them now amighty victory in a common enterprise that has raised to new levelsthe capacity of the Bahá’í world to contribute to the transformationof society. May the groundswell of activity that has secured this vic-tory continue to build, raising your community to even loftier heightsof service to the Cause.