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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Film: Cinemark Redwood City

You are invited to a showing of the Film “The Exemplar” …a film commissioned by the Universal House of Justice to mark the centenary commemoration of the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.  The showing will be at […]

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Commemorating an important Journey

Bahá’ís from Redwood City participated in a gardening effort recently to commemorate the arrival in San Francisco of an important Vistor over a century ago. That visitor was ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, son of the Prophet-Founder of the […]

Bahá’í World News Service

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. [...]

The Bahá’ís of the UAE explore insights from experiences in promoting a new kind of dialogue about the constructive role of religion in contemporary society. [...]

The emerging Bahá’í House of Worship in PNG—which represents the union of worship and service—is inspiring local residents to assist with the construction of that temple. [...]

The annual ABS conference was enriched this year by insights from a growing number of reading groups exploring questions in various fields in light of Bahá’í principles. [...]

After decades of effort, Bahá’í institutions in Zambia gathered recently to take an expansive view of their educational initiatives, planning for the future [...]

The BIC explores the disproportionate impact of climate change on women, emphasizing the principle of equality of women and men as essential to addressing climate issues. [...]

Government officials and international media outlets have rushed to the defense of the Bahá’ís of Iran, provoked by an escalating crackdown on the community. [...]

The Bahá’í World News Service is now available in Russian, joining the English and three other language-versions of the site. [...]

Construction of the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá continues to advance following the fire caused by an accident in April. The cleaning is set to be completed in the coming days. [...]

The latest article on The Bahá’í World website explores fundamental Bahá’í principles, correlating them with prevailing conceptions and with movements for social justice. [...]

The emerging Bahá’í House of Worship is inspiring many conversations about service to society—the theme of a newly launched online video series on the temple. [...]

Government agents sealed off the village of Roushankouh, demolishing Bahá’í homes and confiscating their lands, escalating the persecution of the Bahá’ís of Iran. [...]

In a cruel escalation, up to 200 Iranian government agents have sealed off the village of Roushankouh, where a large number of Baháʼís live, demolishing their homes. [...]

The Iranian government issues appalling statement of hate propaganda against country’s Bahá’ís, as it raids 52 homes and businesses, arrests or imprisons 13 individuals. [...]

Experienced journalists sat with the UK Bahá’í Office of Public Affairs to explore how news reporting can promote understanding and dialogue. [...]

A documentary produced by a news organization in Egypt highlights the history of the Bahá’ís of Egypt and their efforts to contribute to the progress of their society. [...]

The Iranian government’s systematic campaign to persecute Iran’s Bahá’ís accelerated again with the arrest, court hearing, or imprisonment of more Bahá’ís. [...]

A BIC forum at the RightsCon summit explored the collaboration that is needed across the tech sector, government, and civil society to address online hate speech [...]

Officials and other leaders are expressing appreciation for how the conferences have infused communities with a heightened consciousness of humanity’s oneness. [...]

The first national conference on coexistence in Azerbaijan was inspired by discussions about the Bahá’í principle of unity in diversity just days before to the event. [...]

Released on the occasion of Stockholm+50, the BIC explores root causes of escalating environmental breakdown and highlights principles and proposals for action. [...]

A representative of Bahá’ís of Tunisia draws on the experience of the Bahá’ís of that country to explore the concept of religion as a force for social progress. [...]

The Bahá’í Office of Public Affairs of India shares insights and ideas relevant to the national discourse on the equality of women and men. [...]

Religious leaders and government officials gather to discuss collective efforts toward fostering peace, amity, and concord. [...]

Government officials and leaders of diverse faith communities reflect on the unifying role of the Bahá’í House of Worship in Panama over the past fifty years. [...]

The Brussels and Addis Ababa Offices of the BIC release joint statement to EU leaders, calling for recognition of the principle of oneness in AE-EU partnership. [...]

Gatherings in diverse settings inspire consultations about fostering vibrant communities based on the Baháʼí Faith’s vision of a peaceful world [...]

As the wave of global conferences continues, artistic works emerging from these gatherings are expressing the longing to seek harmony and to serve society. [...]

The Indore Bahá’í Chair explores the principles needed to bring humanity into greater balance with the natural world. [...]

As a wave of conferences continues to sweep across the world, young people in particular are stepping to the fore and intensifying their efforts toward building unity. [...]

The BIC brought together member state representatives, UN agencies, and civil society to explore how women are uniquely situated to lead responses to the climate crisis. [...]

As work on the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá presses on, Bahá’ís are remembering His call for universal peace, especially today, on Naw-Rúz, a day of spiritual renewal. [...]

As the wave of global conferences moves across the world, more people are awakening to the possibilities for fostering unity and serving their society. [...]

A wave of conferences across the globe is bringing together the well-wishers of humanity to consult on how they can promote unity and address the needs of their societies [...]

The New York Office of the BIC has been exploring new conceptions of work, centered around the principles of unity, justice, collaboration, and consultation. [...]

Leaders of Tunisia’s faith communities have signed a “National Pact for Coexistence,” expressing their commitment to building a more peaceful society. [...]

A new BIC statement explores how the principle of gender equality will need to be woven into processes of governance for effective responses to the climate crisis. [...]

Civil society leaders and representatives of the Bahá’ís of Chile explore spiritual principles that can guide the development of cities for the well-being of all. [...]

A newly launched podcast by the Bahá’ís of the UK invites journalists to profound discussions on how the media can play a constructive role in society. [...]

The latest article published on The Bahá’í World website examines the American Bahá’í community’s efforts to counter racism. [...]

Work on the Bahá’í temple for the Democratic Republic of the Congo has reached a new stage as the steel superstructure for the 26-meter-high dome nears completion. [...]

The spirit of service fostered through Bahá’í community-building activities in Malaysia was channeled toward relief efforts after disastrous flooding in December. [...]

On the centenary of the Tunisian Bahá’í community’s establishment, some 50 social actors explored coexistence and the issue of violence in contemporary society. [...]

Abdu’l-Bahá’s enduring legacy of service to humanity was honored by officials, diplomats, and faith leaders at a reception held last week in Haifa. [...]

The Counsellors are now departing the Holy Land ready to infuse Bahá’í communities worldwide with the wealth of insights gained over the past days of discussions. [...]

A film commissioned by the Universal House of Justice provides glimpses of the Bahá’í community’s efforts over the past century to contribute to the oneness of humanity. [...]

Counsellors from across the world spent the past six days consulting about how Bahá’í efforts to foster social transformation can further intensify in the years ahead. [...]

BWNS looks back on a historic year of intense efforts by countless people and communities, including marking the centenary of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s passing. [...]

Over the coming days, Counsellors from all parts of the world will be consulting on the development of the worldwide Bahá’í community, preparing for the years ahead. [...]

An image of the opening pages of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Will and Testament has been published for the first time, coinciding with the period of the centenary of His passing. [...]

The president of marble company Margraf and architect Hossein Amanat spoke about the complexities of the construction project and fabrication of the marble [...]

The UN General Assembly calls on Iran to observe human rights for all its citizens, including members of the Bahá’í Faith. [...]

The centenary was recently honored in Edirne, where Bahá’u’lláh, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and a small band of believers lived as exiles for over four years. [...]

Bahá’u’lláh’s Kitáb-i-Aqdas has been translated into the most widely spoken language in Papua New Guinea after a decades-long process. [...]

The documentary provides highlights from the spiritually charged centenary gathering recently held at the Bahá’í World Centre. [...]

National Bahá’í communities around the world have been bringing together diverse social actors to explore some of the universal principles embodied by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. [...]

Centenary gatherings encircled the globe on Saturday, inspiring countless people to consider the implications of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s call for universal peace for their lives. [...]

On Saturday, Bahá’í Houses of Worship became focal points of centenary commemorations, bringing diverse people together for profound reflection on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s life. [...]

Attendees came together for the closing session of the gathering at the Seat of the Universal House of Justice on Saturday, galvanized by the example of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. [...]

Participants gathered in the courtyard of the Haifa Pilgrim House, next to the Shrine of the Báb, to commemorate the centenary of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s ascension. [...]

This documentary explores aspects of the design and construction of the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and features interviews with people directly involved in the project. [...]

The formal program for the centenary began today with a reading of a message by the Universal House of Justice addressed to the gathering. [...]

Representatives have been preparing for the centenary, visiting Bahá’í Holy Places associated with the lives of Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. [...]

Bahá’í Houses of Worship around the world are preparing for the commemoration of the centenary of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s passing with special programs and exhibitions. [...]

Representatives of Bahá’í communities from around the world have been arriving in Haifa for a gathering at the Bahá’í World Centre commemorating the centenary. [...]

Several events held in Haifa and ‘Akká mark the centenary of the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in the Holy Land. [...]

A film commissioned by the Universal House of Justice for the centenary commemoration of the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá has been released. [...]

Saturday’s dedication of the Bahá’í House of Worship included Prime Minister Bob Loughman and other government officials, traditional chiefs, and some 3,000 attendees. [...]

Many people from across Vanuatu arrive in Tanna to assist with preparations for Saturday’s dedication of the first local Bahá’í House of Worship in the Pacific. [...]

Representatives of the Bahá’í International Community have been participating in discussions at the COP26 climate summit, exploring the moral dimensions of climate action [...]

The project to preserve the Mansion of Mazra‘ih is now showing significant progress. Most notably, Bahá’u’lláh’s room has now been prepared for visitors. [...]

This event brought together Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, representing the king of Bahrain, and other prominent people to reflect on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s call for peace [...]

Global preparations to commemorate the Centenary of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s passing have led to a surge in films, podcasts, and other media productions about His life and work. [...]

Countless people and communities around the world have been creating a vast number of publications inspired by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s life of service to humanity. [...]

As calls for gender equality intensify in South Africa, the Bahá’ís of that country are drawing attention to the role of the family in promoting social change. [...]

Preparations for the commemoration of the centenary of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s passing are giving rise to an outpouring of artistic expressions inspired by His life and work. [...]

A discussion series among journalists initiated by the Bahá’ís of Jordan led to a radio show on the material and spiritual dimensions of human life. [...]

The role of media as a constructive force in society is being explored in an ongoing series of gatherings hosted by the Bahá’í Office of External Affairs in Kazakhstan. [...]

Gathering held by the Geneva Office of the BIC examines how knowledge generated by farmers can inform and strengthen international policies on food and agriculture. [...]

The BIC Addis Ababa Office brings together scientists and faith leaders to examine how science and religion can guide an effective response to the environmental crisis. [...]

The Kitáb-i-Aqdas has been published in Icelandic for the first time, making available to an entire population Bahá’u’lláh’s Most Holy Book. [...]

Research conducted by the Indore Bahá’í Chair in collaboration with ISGP highlights the need to view human prosperity as an outcome of material and spiritual progress. [...]

Concerned with the state of their neighborhood, youth in Bahá’í community-building activities draw on government support to remove 12 tons of trash from a local river [...]

A video program produced by the Bahá’ís of Azerbaijan features profound conversations on topics such as the equality of women and men and the role of media in society. [...]

The Bahá’ís of Malaysia have been fostering constructive dialogue among a cross-section of their society about how all people can contribute to greater social cohesion. [...]

The walls of the east and west sides of the plazas have now been completed, marking a new stage of construction. [...]

As anticipation builds for the completion of the Bahá’í House of Worship, chiefs and local leaders convey feelings of joy and a strong sense of hope for the future. [...]

Participants draw inspiration from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s life and work as they make plans to intensify community-building activities that promote the full participation of women [...]

Journalists meet to explore how news media can build unity, as part of the BIC’s wider efforts to contribute to the discourse on the role of media in society. [...]

Youth engaged in Bahá’í community-building efforts are inspiring their peers with music that responds to social issues heightened during the pandemic. [...]

Campaign calling on Iran’s government to end hate speech against the country’s Bahá’ís draws unprecedented global support from many segments of society. [...]

Random Quote

White doves and gray doves associate with each other in perfect friendship. Man draws imaginary lines on the planet and says, “This is a Frenchman, a Musselman, an Italian!” Upon these differences wars are waged. Men are fighting for the possession of the earth. They fight for that which becomes their graves, their cemeteries, their tombs.

In reality all are members of one human family — children of one Heavenly Father. Humanity may be likened unto the vari-colored flowers of one garden. There is unity in diversity. Each sets off and enhances the other’s beauty.

— Abdu’l-Baha

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