As the vision of individual and collective transformation fostered by the institute courses grows, capacity is gradually built in the community to reflect a pattern of life that places at its heart service and worship.
The nature of the training institute can be understood by imagining an ongoing conversation taking place among friends in a multitude of social spaces—neighborhoods, schools, homes, and workplaces—concerned with contributing to the advancement of civilization through the application of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings. As the number of participants in the conversation grows, processes to achieve collective spiritual and material goals in each space are set in motion.
The principal elements of the Ho’ola Training Institute include the “study circle”, the tutor, and a set of materials with passages from the Bahá’í writings related to specific themes and acts of service. A study circle is a small group that meets at least once or twice a week for a few hours to study the course materials. Those taking part are seen as active agents of their own learning, striving to create an atmosphere that encourages participants to assume ownership for the educational process in which they are engaged — leading to the empowerment of all.
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A selection of images from the Hoʻola Training Institute