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The Baha’i Temple in Norte del Cauca, Colombia: A Roundup of Resources

Baha'i Blog - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 5:33pm

The Baha’i House of Worship in Norte del Cauca, Colombia has recently opened its doors to all, and in this spirit of celebration, we wanted to share some of the posts and resources relating to this unique edifice. We’ve listed things to read, watch, listen to, and study, so in case you missed them, here are a number of materials about this newly dedicated Baha’i temple:

1. Letter from the Universal House of Justice for the Dedication of the Colombia Temple

The Universal House of Justice has written a letter for the momentous occasion of the dedication of the House of Worship in Norte del Cauca, Colombia. The letter powerfully describes what the edifice signifies and what its construction demonstrates in terms of the development of its communities. You can read it on the official website of the Universal House of Justice.

2. “Colombia Temple dedicated in joyful ceremony” (NEWS)

The Baha’i World News Service covered the inauguration of the Baha’i House of Worship in this news story. Filled with captivating images and descriptions of the dedication ceremonies, this article gives you a sense of what it felt like to participate in this historic event.

 

3. Dedication of the Baha’i Temple in Norte del Cauca, Colombia (VIDEO)

This eight minute video shares some highlights from the dedication ceremony of the Temple. Greetings from the authorities of Villa Rica, talks, music and traditional dances were all a part of the dedication event that gave way to groups visiting the House of Worship in a spirit of reverence and deep joy. The Inauguration of the House of Worship marks a new stage in the development of Baha’i Faith in Colombia. (*NOTE: Click on the “cc” button for English subtitles.)

4. La cumbia del jardinero: A Song from the Dedication of the Baha’i Temple in Colombia (MUSIC)

“La cumbia del jardinero” is a song that was performed at the dedication of the Baha’i House of Worship in Norte del Cauca, Colombia. It uses the metaphor of a gardener to describe the process of spiritual education, which has been an important feature of the development of vibrant communities in the area. The song describes how the world is like a forest, and gardeners work to expose the sun’s rays to the smallest of plants, allowing them to grow and share their fruits of love and unity with the world.

5. 19 Images of the Baha’i Temple in Norte del Cauca, Colombia

This Baha’i temple, also known as a House of Worship, is the world’s second local Baha’i House of Worship, and to celebrate its inauguration we’ve decided to share a collection of 19 sweeping and intimate photos of the temple and some of the guests at its dedication found on Instagram.

6. Aerial Views of the Baha’i Temple in Norte del Cauca, Colombia (VIDEO)

In this short video, you can see the sweeping majesty and brilliance of the Temple, both during the day and in the evening, and this beauty mirrors the spiritual growth of nearby communities.

 

7. Baha’i Temple in Norte del Cauca, Colombia Dedication Press Conference

In this short video you can see highlights of the Press Conference held for the upcoming Dedication of the Baha’i House of Worship in Norte del Cauca, Colombia.

 

8. Preparation of the Dedication of the Baha’i Temple in Norte del Cauca, Colombia

This video captures some of the preparations for the dedication of the Baha’i House of Worship in Norte del Cauca, Colombia that were underway; more than 1,000 guests from across the country were expected for the ceremony. This video also highlights the beautiful central edifice of the Temple, its surrounding buildings, and an emerging native forest.

Other Resources

And that concludes our list! If you’ve gotten this far but are still curious about what a Baha’i Temple, or House of Worship is and what it signifies, we have a short article on that subject right here on Baha’i Blog. You can also read about its significance here on Bahai.org.

The Research Department at the Baha’i World Centre also put together a new compilation, titled The Institution of the Mashriqu’l-Adhkar (“Mashriqu’l-Adhkar” means “dawning place of the praise of God”). This compilation includes a statement, as well as quotations from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, Abdu’l-Baha, and Shoghi Effendi and excerpts from letters written by the Universal House of Justice. The book can be read online here or purchased from Palabra Publications here.

And finally, want to see how much you know about Baha’i Houses of Worship? Try Baha’i Blog’s House of Worship Quiz here.

We hope you’ve found this list both informative and inspiring as the world welcomes yet another Baha’i House of Worship!

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The New Stage of Humanity’s Development

Baha'i Teachings.org - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 1:05pm

It all starts so simply. A man appears saying he has a new message from God. He teaches the message openly and without fear. Some people believe and follow him....

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How to Live a Prayerful Life

Baha'i Teachings.org - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 10:39am

In this quotation from Baha’u’llah’s mystical book The Hidden Words, he seems to be telling us something quite fundamental: O son of light! Forget all save Me and commune with...

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How Much of What We Know is True?

Baha'i Teachings.org - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:15pm

How do we acquire knowledge? Our senses, our rational faculties, our religious traditions—they all contribute to our knowledge base. But how much of what we know is actually true? In...

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Colombia Baha’i House of Worship: the Architect Reflects

Baha'i Teachings.org - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 8:00am

When architect Julian Gutierrez Chacón was invited to participate in a design selection process for the Baha’i House of Worship in Norte del Cauca, Colombia, he was unfamiliar with the...

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What’s My Individual Role in Creating Peace?

Baha'i Teachings.org - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:19am

The engine of human progress, the Baha’i teachings say, runs on the fuel of our collective concern for one another. Without that selfless, altruistic dedication to the ongoing spiritual and...

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From Racial Bias Training to Race Unity

Baha'i Teachings.org - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 9:18am

In the third and final part of my open letter to Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, I asked him and the company to go beyond racial bias training to a new...

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How to Creatively Share the Unifying Teachings of the Baha’i Faith

Baha'i Teachings.org - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 3:01pm

Pharmacist and craft enthusiast Mona Jamali utilizes the joyous, unifying and uplifting words of the Baha’i writings in her project Willow & Pearl. Seeking symmetry and harmony, Mona found that...

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Unity in Diversity and Racial Identification

Baha'i Teachings.org - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 8:00am

Earlier this year, I attended the screening of an independent film, How Jack Became Black. Its director and main protagonist is a man whose mother identifies as Jewish and whose...

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Garden of Virtues: A New Book by Chelsea Lee Smith

Baha'i Blog - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 7:22pm

I love books and I love reading to my young children so I get positively giddy when a new Baha’i-inspired book for children is made available. Chelsea Lee Smith, who we interviewed about her children’s album At First Light and who wrote a great Baha’i Blog article called What I Really Want for Mother’s Day, has authored a new book called Garden of Virtues. It’s a colourful and playful interactive book about virtues, all about gardening. Chelsea graciously took some time to tell us all about it:

Baha’i Blog: What inspired you to create ‘Garden of Virtues? I wanted to create an interactive book that would give kids a fun way to quiz themselves on how well they knew what virtues look like in real life situations. Garden of Virtues features ten scenarios with three virtues listed that the kids can guess from, and the answer for each scenario’s virtue comes on the next page. The concept came to me last year when our family took a road trip around Australia in our camper trailer. We stayed in a small town in Western Australia for a few weeks where they had a lovely community garden. Our whole family enjoyed the experience of contributing to the garden so much, and I noticed how many character building opportunities there were while working in the garden. That’s what gave me the idea of creating a virtues book with a garden theme.

Baha’i Blog: What was something you learned during the process of putting this book together?

Illustrator Shimoné Mackay and author Chelsea Lee Smith

Bringing Garden of Virtues to life really taught me to appreciate the technicalities of putting a story with illustrations together. I’ve co-written one other storybook before, Mason’s Greatest Gems, with the talented Elaheh Bos of PlantLoveGrow.com, but I wasn’t as involved with the illustration since that is her specialty. This time around, since I was self-publishing, I chose the illustrator myself and developed the ideas for what the pictures would look like. The illustrator of Garden of Virtues, Shimoné Mackay, was just lovely to work with.  We are both very happy with the result, and it was definitely worth the huge amount of time and effort we put in.

Baha’i Blog: What was a challenge you overcame during the creation of this book? The biggest challenge for me in publishing books is figuring out the technical side. I love the writing and creative aspects, so those parts are easy for me.  The little details like international shipping and selling the book to retailers take a lot of time though, and I have to push myself to do those tasks as they are definitely not my favourite things to do in the small hours I’m not parenting or homeschooling my kids. Also many people requested hard copies of the book, and it was a mission to figure out the printing for those. They are absolutely beautiful though and I hope more people order them. You can get them from this website. Baha’i Blog: How has the book been received so far? I’m so grateful for the feedback I’ve gotten about the book so far, it has been terrific! People are saying they love the illustrations and appreciate the storyline where kids can get involved in guessing the virtue. I have had several parents tell me it’s their child’s favourite book! It was really exciting to hear so many stories about how the book was used to celebrate Ayyam-i-Ha and Naw-Ruz, too. I created a printable activity pack to go along with the book which can be used at home or in classrooms, and so parents would take the book in to read to their child’s class, do one or two of the activity pages with the kids, and then they would usually do an art project like a bulletin board where all the kids made a flower or added a leaf to a tree. The book was also given as a gift for a lot of teachers at the end of the year, which I think is a fabulous idea! Baha’i Blog: What other projects are you working on? I have a few other books that I’m working on, all in various stages of production and about different topics, which will eventually show up in my online shop. I’m also spending quite a bit of time preparing parenting courses for the Wilmette Institute. I’m currently serving as the Parenting and Family Section Coordinator and there are some really exciting resources coming up to support families who are trying to integrate the Baha’i teachings with positive parenting techniques. Baha’i Blog: Thank you so much, Chelsea, for taking the time to tell us about your beautiful new book! If you’d like to more about Chelsea and her work, I recommend visiting her website: www.momentsaday.com You can purchase Garden of Virtues in paperback on Amazon or you buy a hardcover here. If you’d like to order the book in bulk or need it shipped internationally, you can contact Chelsea directly via her website: www.momentsaday.com/about/contact-me/

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Writing the Songs My Soul Wants to Sing

Baha'i Teachings.org - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 1:59pm

I began writing songs at the age of twelve, already aware of a dual experience within me during that process. One part tried to write to be clever, to rhyme,...

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Getting to the Root of Prejudice

Baha'i Teachings.org - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 10:39am

Like most small children I felt very excited by the prospect of beginning school. I breezed through my early reading with a sense of high anticipation. One of the highlights...

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Nothing We Lose is Ever Truly Lost

Baha'i Teachings.org - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 11:30am

I just about panicked when I lost my favorite and most treasured ring, which my aunt gave me as I first joined the Baha’i Faith at age 15. Engraved with...

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Following Colombia Temple Opening, First Visits Begin

Baha'i Teachings.org - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 10:48am

Marking the local community’s response to the opening of the new Baha’i House of Worship, hundreds of residents from nearby communities joined for prayers in a joyful gathering on Sunday....

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The Benefits of Finding Faith and Accepting Life’s Risks

Baha'i Teachings.org - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 11:33am

Living is risky. Life is full of risks. Every minute of every day something could go wrong, something unplanned, unforeseen. I thought of that early this morning returning home from...

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How Learning to Love Can Change Your Life

Baha'i Teachings.org - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 8:00am

As a little girl, I felt unloved. I know now that it wasn’t because no one loved me, but because of many other things that got in the way of...

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How to Be Color Brave—and Color Befriending

Baha'i Teachings.org - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 12:36pm

In the third and final part of my open letter to Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, I asked him and the company to go beyond racial bias training to a new...

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How Prayer Makes Peace

Baha'i Teachings.org - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 8:55am

Pray for Peace! the bumper sticker on the car ahead of us said, and my cynical passenger laughed out loud, saying “As if!” Like my skeptical friend, many people no...

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Community Building with Socially-Engaged Art

Baha'i Teachings.org - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 11:00am

In this episode, Cloud9 interviews multi-disciplinary conceptual artist Shirin Towfiq. Growing up in a predominantly immigrant suburb of San Diego, Shirin began exploring ideas of displacement and cultural identity at...

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Colombia Temple Dedicated in Joyful Ceremony

Baha'i Teachings.org - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 9:27am

Sunday’s daybreak saw more than 1,000 people gather to celebrate a historic moment as Colombia’s first Baha’i House of Worship opened its doors to all. Gathered in the shadow of...

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