A Faith for Today

by ed in About the Baha'i Faith
Over a century ago Bahá’u’lláh taught that religious truth is not final but progressive. Religion is renewed, He said, in every age to re-establish and apply the unchanging principles found in the scriptures of the Great Religions of the world to the needs of the present day. The entrenched powers of 19th century Persian orthodoxy vehemently opposed His message but now His Faith is spread around the world. Here in Redwood City as in Europe, [...]
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A forum held by the Bahá’ís of Bolivia explores equality in educational opportunities for women, emphasizing the broader goal of weaving this principle throughout society [...]

In this podcast episode, we hear accounts of how prayer and efforts to apply spiritual principles to one’s daily life provide the seeds for social betterment. [...]

Roundtable discussions held by the Bahá’ís of Kazakhstan explore how a conception of human nature rooted in the nobility of human beings can strengthen family life. [...]

More than 150 Iranian human rights advocates, and social and political activists sign public statement condemning new wave of arrests against Bahá’ís. [...]

Counsellor Bhavna Anbarasan shares insights arising from Bahá’í endeavors in villages in the Indian state of Bihar where a culture of equality is taking root. [...]

Local craftsmen in PNG have hand carved 432 timber panels that now frame the nine doors of the rising House of Worship. [...]

The Polish translation of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas has been published in print for the first time, the culmination of a dedicated effort spanning almost three decades. [...]

Prayer gatherings in ‘Akká-Haifa have welcomed all people, irrespective of their cultural or religious backgrounds, in a shared spirit of kindness and fellowship. [...]

As 2023 comes to an end, the Bahá’í World News Service looks back at glimpses from efforts around the global Bahá’í community to contribute to social progress. [...]

Delegates of the Bahá’í International Community at COP28 highlight the need for a broader understanding of progress, encompassing both material and spiritual development. [...]

Westminster gathering marks UK Bahá’í Assembly’s 100th year, emphasizing harmonious and constructive relationships among individuals, the community, and institutions. [...]

UN General Assembly resolution calls for Iranian government to stop persecuting Bahá’ís. [...]

Banani International School marks 30 years of inspiring young women not only to acquire knowledge but also to develop their vision for meaningful social contribution. [...]

Technologist Matt Weinberg shares insights on the implications of the principle of the harmony of science and religion for technological progress. [...]

BIC explores the role of the elderly as protagonists of social change. [...]

The completed body of the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is now visible for the first time; the emerging Shrine stands as symbol of unremitting service to humanity. [...]

A solemn session in the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil explored a century of Bahá’í efforts toward social transformation in that country. [...]

A group of youth in Kenya record and distribute programs on local issues through messaging platforms, stimulating vibrant discussions about social progress. [...]

Counsellor Kessia Ruh shares stories about emerging social action initiatives in Papua New Guinea that are giving hope for a more prosperous future. [...]

The gentle call for oneness echoed in the Tanna House of Worship in a gathering of diverse faith communities marking the 2nd anniversary of the temple’s dedication. [...]

A gathering held by the BIC and the Bahá’ís of Sweden draws on insights from Bahá’í community-building efforts that foster social cohesion at the grassroots. [...]

A recent gathering held at the Bahá’í House of Worship in Santiago explores how religion can contribute to building a more cohesive society. [...]

In this podcast episode, we hear how people are learning to apply scientific knowledge together with spiritual principles to the development of their communities. [...]

The News Service has now integrated the Persian language into its website, marking a notable enhancement since the News Service was established over two decades ago. [...]

Participants at ABS conference correlate spiritual principles with diverse fields, uncovering fresh perspectives for addressing contemporary challenges facing humanity. [...]

The Bahá’í Chair for Studies in Development at Devi Ahilya University explores the principles of equality and unity in building a caring society. [...]

In this latest podcast episode, we hear reflections from young people about the role of Bahá’í Houses of Worship in strengthening community life. [...]

The trellis for the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá has now been cast, signaling the completion of the concrete body of the Shrine. [...]

The Bahá’í World News Service introduces a new video section featuring all BWNS video productions, including short videos, documentaries, and video podcasts. [...]

A recent gathering on the grounds of the House of Worship in the Democratic Republic of the Congo explored humanity’s relationship with the natural world. [...]

Unique woven exterior of the emerging temple in Papua New Guinea has recently been completed; the pattern is symbolic of unity and coming together of diverse groups. [...]

In this latest podcast episode, we hear perspectives and insights about how Bahá’í Houses of Worship in Kenya and Uganda are enriching community life. [...]

A campaign honoring the 10 Bahá’í women executed in Iran 40 years ago draws unprecedented global support from many segments of society. [...]

The final stages of preparations are being made to cast the roof structure of the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, a major milestone in the project. [...]

Distinguished publisher, George Ronald, marks 80 years of publishing Bahá’í literature and stimulating the intellectual life of the Bahá’í community. [...]

The latest podcast episode features two representatives of the Bahá’í International Community exploring coexistence in the Arab region. [...]

A new BIC statement offers considerations for fostering a sustainable, equitable global food system, calling for a deep examination of systemic challenges. [...]

A national conference held by Azerbaijan’s State Committee on Religious Associations explores how the principle of oneness can enrich relations among segments of society. [...]

In this podcast episode, Leslie Stewart, Executive Director of FUNDAEC, discusses insights about some of that organization’s agricultural and educational initiatives. [...]

Central Hall Westminster in London resonates with artistic performances and moving presentations honoring the 10 Bahá’í women executed in Iran 40 years ago. [...]

A public hearing held at the National Congress in Brasília, Brazil, honors the 10 Bahá’í women who were hanged in Shiraz, Iran, 40 years ago. [...]

The Bahá’í International Community announces a social media event for June 18 as part of #OurStoryIsOne honoring 10 Bahá’í women executed in Iran 40 years ago. [...]

The latest podcast episode features Counsellors exploring the impact of educational initiatives in Bahá’í communities across the world. [...]

The past weeks have seen Bahá’í communities around the globe elect their national governing councils in a spiritual atmosphere that promotes harmony. [...]

Bahá’í International Community launches new website and Instagram page for campaign honoring 10 Bahá’í women executed by Iran 40 years ago. [...]

In this episode, Counsellors discuss efforts in communities around the world to foster a culture of equality among women and men. [...]

The Bahá’ís of Italy brought together some 60 journalists to discuss the role of media in fostering social cohesion in the country. [...]

Houthi gunmen have staged a violent raid on a peaceful gathering of Bahá’ís in Sanaa, Yemen, detaining and forcibly disappearing at least 17 people. [...]

Counsellors explore the ways youth engaged in Bahá’í educational initiatives are contributing to social transformation in their communities. [...]

The Universal House of Justice has called for three new Bahá’í Houses of Worship to be established—a national temple in Canada and local temples in Nepal and Zambia. [...]

40 years ago, Iran executed 10 Bahá’í women; today, BIC launches #OurStoryIsOne, inviting artistic works to honor them and the principle of equality. [...]

A unique online collection by the Bahá’í International Community makes available more than 10,000 materials on incidents of Bahá’í persecution in Iran. [...]

The journey of the International Bahá’í Convention delegates culminates with the commemoration of the Festival of Riḍván at the Shrine of Bahá'u'llah in Bahjí. [...]

Distinctive Bahá’í electoral process explored at special reception which brought together dignitaries and Bahá’í delegates attending the International Bahá’í Convention. [...]

International Bahá’í Convention ends after election of the Universal House of Justice and days of consultations on global efforts toward spiritual and material progress. [...]

“For the Betterment of the World” casts light on Bahá’í efforts, in collaboration with social actors from all walks of life, to contribute to material and social progress [...]

A short documentary about the construction of the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was released today for the occasion of the 13th International Bahá’í Convention. [...]

The results of the election of the nine members of the Universal House of Justice, the international governing body of the Bahá’í Faith, have been announced. [...]

A film commissioned by the Universal House of Justice looks at the efforts under way in communities striving to release the society-building power of the Bahá'í teachings [...]

Following yesterday’s vote to elect the Universal House of Justice, Chief Teller announces tie for 9th place; vote to break the tie will take place later this afternoon. [...]

Some 1,250 delegates representing 176 countries around the world assemble in a momentous gathering to elect the Universal House of Justice. [...]

Delegates have been immersing themselves in the spiritual atmosphere of the Bahá’í Holy Places in the ‘Akká/Haifa area, preparing to elect the Universal House of Justice. [...]

Some 1,400 delegates representing a cross-section of humanity gather in Haifa for the 13th International Convention to elect the Universal House of Justice. [...]

Two members of the Universal House of Justice, Mr. Stephen Birkland and Mr. Stephen Hall, are leaving after many years of service at the Bahá’í World Centre. [...]

Mayor of Athens, Georgia, declares World Peace Week in honor of the Bahá'í Chair for World Peace's 30th anniversary, highlighting unity, justice, and human solidarity. [...]

The New York Office of the Bahá’í International Community recently released a statement exploring how the future of work can meet the needs of humanity. [...]

As the two-day dedication ceremony concludes, the Bahá’í world’s first national House of Worship opens its doors to the public. [...]

Over 2,000 people from across the Democratic Republic of Congo gathered in Kinshasa today for the dedication of the first national Bahá’í House of Worship in the world. [...]

Anticipation grows as visitors arrive at DRC temple site for Saturday’s dedication of first-ever national Bahá’í House of Worship. [...]

Architect Heinrich Wolff’s journey in designing the DRC temple emphasizes collaboration, unity, and inspiration from the Bahá’í principle of service to humanity. [...]

New Bahai.org section offers an overview of the Bahá’í calendar, significant dates, and a downloadable calendar with Bahá’í dates mapped on Gregorian ones. [...]

The 30th anniversary of the Bahá’í Chair at the University of Maryland provides an opportunity to reflect on long-standing efforts to foster a more harmonious world. [...]

Bahá’í temple in the United States hosts event during Black History Month promoting racial harmony and social cohesion. [...]

A new BIC statement explores the impact of digital technologies on women and the need for much greater inclusion of women in the processes of innovation. [...]

The Bahá’í International Community’s statement calls for a shift in how institutions view human capacity, suggesting grassroots participation in policymaking processes. [...]

The Bahá’í National Spiritual Assembly’s emergency desk coordinates relief efforts through informal networks formed among participants of community-building initiatives. [...]

The Bahá’ís of Kazakhstan explore how the arts can awaken noble sentiments and play an in important part in contributing to social progress. [...]

A public hearing organized by the Bahá’ís of Brazil explores overcoming divisions of “us” and “them” through a recognition of humanity’s spiritual nature. [...]

BIC Addis Ababa Office releases a video about the role of women in peace building, part of a series exploring the Office’s contributions to the discourse on peace. [...]

Three new articles published on the Bahá’í World website explore legacy of colonialism and pursuit of reconciliation; diversity and oneness; and modernity. [...]

The Bahá’í temple, which has been promoting environmental stewardship, was host to a gathering for both public and private sectors to reflect on a conservation project. [...]

The Jakarta Office of the Bahá’í International Community explores the role of digital technology in social progress at the 2022 SEAFORB conference in Bali, Indonesia. [...]

The News Service revisits 2022, a unique year that laid foundations for the global Bahá’í community’s efforts to contribute to social betterment in the coming decade [...]

Young people participating in Bahá’í community-building activities are exploring how music can inspire high aspirations and actions for the betterment of society. [...]

An initiative of the Bahá’ís of Vienna that offers German language classes for newly arrived families has also enabled diverse people to overcome prejudices. [...]

The Bahá’ís of Bahrain explore how spiritual principles such as unity in diversity and the relationship between prayer and service are essential to social progress. [...]

Work has now begun on the ‘Akká Visitors’ Centre, which will welcome pilgrims and visitors to the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the Riḍván Garden. [...]

Amid increasingly violent and repressive actions by Iran’s authorities against their own citizens, two Bahá’í women have been sentenced to a second 10-year imprisonment. [...]

A short documentary looks at the Afnan Library and its outstanding collection of over 12,000 items covering the Bahá’í Faith and other broadly related subjects. [...]

Consultations about Bahá’í educational programs cast light on the growing capacity in Katuyola to address complex challenges associated with the education of young people [...]

Simin Fahandej, a BIC representative, delivers a statement at 35th special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the deteriorating situation of human rights in Iran. [...]

The BIC delegation at the COP27 climate summit participated in numerous discussions, highlighting the need for humanity to recast its relationship with the natural world. [...]

A film produced by the BIC explores a Bahá’í social action initiative in Tanna, Vanuatu, to revitalize and protect a local coral reef ecosystem. [...]

Construction work continues on the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, with work on the concrete base layer of the west berm nearly completed. [...]

The Geneva Office of the BIC explores insights from Bahá’í endeavors that engage young farmers in rural areas through participatory action-research programs. [...]

A play staged by the Bahá’ís of Austria explores the connection between Táhirih, a Bahá’í heroine, and Marianne Hainisch, founder of Austria’s women’s movement. [...]

Religion has a central role to play in establishing peace, say Bahá’í delegates at the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions. [...]

The New York Office of the Bahá’í International Community hosted a series of events, exploring the need for a shared identity based on the principle of oneness. [...]

The Dutch Bahá’í Office of External Affairs reflects on insights from its experiences in contributing to a discourse on racial unity, exploring the principle of oneness. [...]

The Bahá’í International Community has released a statement exploring the implications of the principle of the oneness of humanity for improving global food security. [...]

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Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship.

— Bahá’u’lláh

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