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Tablet of the Immortal Youth

US Bahá'í News Service - 3 hours 26 min ago

In honor of the Bahá’í Community’s 2019 celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of the Báb, Irish singer-songwriter Luke Slott visited the Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette to present a musical tribute to the Bab, the Forerunner of Baha’u’llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith.

He set to music part of Baha’u’llah’s tribute to the Bab entitled the “Lawḥ-i-Ghulámu’l-Khuld” (“Tablet of the Immortal Youth”) from the newly released book, “Days of Remembrance: Selections from the Writings of Baha’u’llah for Baha’i Holy Days.” To read the whole selection click here: https://www.bahai.org/library/authori…

In this video, the artist explains how he put the words of Baha’u’llah to music—the anatomy of the song. Here he shares how he intones the selection—a tablet written as a tribute to the Bab. This sacred scripture is entitled the “Lawḥ-i-Ghulámu’l-Khuld” (“Tablet of the Immortal Youth”) from the newly released book, “Days of Remembrance: Selections from the Writings of Baha’u’llah for Baha’i Holy Days.” To read the whole selection click here: https://www.bahai.org/library/authori…

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Open House Chicago — Bahá’í House of Worship

US Bahá'í News Service - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 5:37pm

SAT, OCT 19: 10am – 5pm
SUN, OCT 20: 10am – 5pm

Explore the beautifully-landscaped grounds and venture inside, where you’ll have an exclusive opportunity to take photos (usually not permitted).

Visitors to Wilmette’s shoreline will find the towering Bahá’í House of Worship hard to miss. The young faith chose to locate its first temple in the western hemisphere here for its geographic centrality, lake views and tranquility. The Bahá’í belief in the unity of religion is communicated throughout the design, with French-Canadian architect Louis Bourgeois bringing together characteristics of religious architecture from around the world. For instance, the Temple’s arabesque panels embrace natural light during the day and illuminate from within at night, creating a “Temple of Light and Unity.” The dome is composed of cast concrete panels mounted on a steel superstructure, and, to achieve the whitest possible surface, white Portland cement was combined with crushed quartz. The Temple’s planning and construction spanned decades, finally opening in 1953.

Explore the beautifully-landscaped grounds and venture inside, where you’ll have an exclusive opportunity to take photos (usually not permitted).

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US Bicentenary Resource Site

US Bahá'í News Service - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 5:22pm

Ideas and a collection of resources to assist in your celebration

http://bahai.us/bicentenary-resources

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Bicentenary Dinner Party

US Bahá'í News Service - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 4:16pm

The Litoffs in Chicago IL hosted a celebratory dinner with friends using the “Bicentenary Dinner Party Booklet”

The Bicentenary Dinner Party Booklet is a guide that includes introductory stories, songs, prayers, discussion questions, and crafts that Bahá’ís can use to host a dinner in their home to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of the Báb.

Hosting a dinner is something anyone can do. The booklet is ideal for use with 2-10 participants of all ages. It can be used as part of a meal, potluck gathering, or dessert and tea with time for discussion. The material is designed to create a spiritual atmosphere and spark authentic, meaningful conversations. It takes about an hour and half to complete.

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“Queen of Carmel”

US Bahá'í News Service - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 2:30pm

This is an artistic rendering of the dome of the Shrine of the Báb with the “Queen of Carmel” lyrics ringing the outside.

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Thinkers challenge social structures, link women’s empowerment to peace and progress

Bahá'í World News Service - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 7:00pm
Academics examined the inseparable relationship between the advancement of women and the creation of prosperous and peaceful societies.

‘Ali Nakhjavani, 1919–2019

Bahá'í World News Service - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 7:00pm
The Universal House of Justice released a message to all National Spiritual Assemblies on the passing of former House of Justice member ‘Ali Nakhjavani.

Youth Groups Screen “Dawn of the Light”

US Bahá'í News Service - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:07am

Two youth groups in Charlotte, NC come together in prayer and to watch the release of the “Dawn of Light” in celebration of the Bicentenary. The youth and junior youth shared the movie with their family and friends.

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Sorrento View envisions diversity

US Bahá'í News Service - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 10:38am

Seattle, WA community children’s class in the Sorrento View complex, decorates invitations for neighborhood celebration of cultural diversity.

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Atlanta Preps for Holy Day

US Bahá'í News Service - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 10:28am

Metro Atlanta storytelling team preparing a video for an October 27 celebration of the Twin Holy Days. Saman and Matthew are interviewing community members ranging in age from 2- to 80-years-old about the lives & missions of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh. They will edit this into a five-minute presentation that will come after devotions at the gathering.

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Two trees honoring Two Manifestations

US Bahá'í News Service - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 9:10am

Fort Wayne, Indiana community plants two trees for this years bicentenary. The trees are dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the Birth of the Bab and the birth of Baha’u’llah.

The holy day celebrates and the birth of the Báb, forerunner of the Bahá’í Faith, and the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

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‘Fun night’ is Minnesota community’s hands-on counter to climate change

US Bahá'í News Service - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 2:23am

Anxiety about climate change can leave people feeling powerless. The Baha’is of Rochester, Minnesota, decided to do something about that by hosting “Family Fun Night: Caring for Our Earth” in August on a Baha’i’s farm.

“For us personally, as farm owners, our goal was simply to have people out in nature, enjoying the beautiful land that we are blessed to call our home, as well as starting the conversation about small things we can all do to make the world a better place,” relates Tonya Sanner.

“There is so much negative media about climate change and all that is happening right now,” says Sanner, who operates Firefly Berries with her husband, Dean, and four children. “We wanted to be a positive voice for those who were concerned and ready to make some changes. 

“I told one of the guests the world does not need one person acting perfectly all the time. The world needs millions of people making small changes one at a time.”

The idea for Family Fun Night was conceived at an April gathering held to reflect on the community-building activities of Baha’is in the area. 

“Local community members helped me brainstorm topics we wanted to cover, and then for each topic we set up a station to talk with guests and, in some instances, do a hands-on activity,” says Sanner.

So when Baha’is and guests arrived for the Fun Night, they moved from station to station at their leisure. Stations included:

  • Cover crops, crop rotation and companion planting. Dean Sanner spoke with guests about using cover crops and crop rotation in their gardens rather than chemicals to keep the soil healthy. Companion planting springs from the idea that almost every vegetable has a companion plant that can increase soil nutrients, chase away pests, or provide some other benefit.
  • Growing your own garden and shopping local farmers’ markets. The Sanners’ sons Ian, 14, and Lincoln, 7, talked with guests about what a “carbon footprint” is and how we can lessen our impact on the earth by growing even a small portion of our food ourselves and purchasing produce locally.
  • Pollinator power. Tonya Sanner talked about native plants and the importance of providing food and habitat for bees and other creatures that help pollinate garden crops, and the related principle of sustaining the circle and balance of life when it comes to food for other creatures.
  • Slow fashion. Nancy Davis and Tonya Sanner emphasized becoming aware of where our clothing comes from, and looking for clothes that are durable and sustainable — from the standpoint of the environment, human rights, and safe working conditions for people worldwide.  
  • Reducing plastic waste. Becky Meyer and Jim Dunlap spoke of the impact plastic is having on the world and how we can reduce it. They demonstrated various alternatives to plastic and handed out reusable shopping bags, which had been sewn together in an earlier service project.  
  • Eating seasonally. Guests learned about the importance of buying produce in season and about resources that can help with that goal.
  • Music/storytime. This relaxing station featured music by the Sanners’ son Lucas, 16, and Marty Klann. They also brought instruments for younger children to play, and Klann read aloud children’s storybooks about nature and caring for the environment.

“I received a lot of positive response from the evening,” says Sanner. “People had a good time, and even those who thought they were pretty up to date on a lot of the content mentioned to me that they learned new things while they visited at each station.” 

 

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Bicentenary preparations intensify throughout Australasia

Bahá'í World News Service - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 7:00pm
This fifth and final article in a series on bicentenary preparations on each continent highlights efforts across Australasia.

First African Community Building Conference

US Bahá'í News Service - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 3:37pm

A conference at Louhelen Baha’i School for friends from Africa in the Heartland, Midwest
and Prairie States Regions.

This was the first African Community-Building Conference sponsored by the US National
Spiritual Assembly. The conference attracted people representing seven equatorial African nations.

The conference has given the African believers a “vision” of how to advance the
process of community building as well as “courage” and inspiration to make it a reality.

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750 Lights to the World

US Bahá'í News Service - Tue, 10/08/2019 - 1:17pm

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Since late March 2019, artist from around the world have been working on a photo project. The photo project is called, 750, in which candle portraits held by people from all backgrounds, races, religions, gender, ages, economic status, physical abilities and sizes – all in honor of the Bab’s message of universal love and the oneness of humanity. Each candle lit candles simbolizes the Bab’s sacrafice and His message which fills us with energy, vision, and hope in our work for a better and beautiful world, for all living creatures.

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At General Assembly summit, civil society given prominent voice

Bahá'í World News Service - Sun, 10/06/2019 - 7:00pm
At a first-of-its-kind meeting at the UN, civil society organizations participated in a high-level discussion on the status of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Bicentenary website to reflect worldwide celebrations

US Bahá'í News Service - Sun, 10/06/2019 - 10:34am

 

BAHA’I WORLD CENTRE — A new international website for the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Bab was launched today.

The website will unfold in stages over the next eight weeks. Currently featuring artistic endeavors created for the occasion, and articles on the lives and teachings of the Bab and Baha’u’llah, the site will expand dynamically over time. A special letter from the Universal House of Justice about the historic anniversary will be published. Dawn of the Light, a feature film commissioned for this upcoming bicentenary, will also be released by the end of this month. The website is available in 10 languages—Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili.

The bicentenary website will connect the world by capturing the celebrations of people in selected communities across the globe as they recall the lives of the Bab and Baha’u’llah and Their unifying message. These glimpses will be illustrative of the thousands of other celebrations that will be unfolding in virtually every country.

On the Twin Holy Days, the website will capture glimpses of a wave of celebrations that will sweep across the planet. This coverage begins at sundown on 28 October in Kiribati and ends at sundown on 30 October in Hawaii. Photos, news, and other media from scores of locations will be published over the course of those 72 hours. There are also plans to include video coverage from Baha’i Houses of Worship.

Preparations have been reported in the Baha’i World News Service as well as dedicated InstagramFacebook, and YouTube accounts; coverage on these platforms will continue.

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Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra with the Bahá’í Choir

US Bahá'í News Service - Sat, 10/05/2019 - 12:24pm

The  Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra returns to the spectacular Baha’i House of Worship for its 3rd concert collaboration with the Baha’i House of Worship Choir and Music Director Van Gilmer.

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of the Bab

Orchestral Program:
Hovhaness — Psalm and Fugue
Part — Da pacem Domine
Haydn — Selections from Seven Last Words of Christ

And spiritual vocal music including:
Gol Allah
O God my God
Queen of Carmel
O thou compassionate

Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Free admission!

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WhatsApp? In Knoxville it’s documenting a neighborhood’s progress

US Bahá'í News Service - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 7:59am

It started as a way for a small team of Baha’is and friends in Knoxville, Tennessee, to keep one another informed on community-building activities in a neighborhood.

Over time, the team’s WhatsApp thread has become so much more: a means of seeking and volunteering resources for the neighborhood effort, a living document of how activities in the neighborhood have grown, and an encouragement for other community-building efforts in the area.

“Our use of WhatsApp started when Azin Delavari, who came back to the USA from Australia, was talking about how in their community they used WhatsApp to keep a record of home visits and communication flow going,” explains Khoji Bahrami, a Baha’i member of the team.

That way, “Everyone knew which houses had been visited and the outcome,” she says. “So we decided to use it for our neighborhood efforts and to keep the community at large posted.” 

From the initial nucleus, says Bita Rahmanian, another key team member, the thread has attracted youths and other adults involved in the neighborhood, Baha’is in and around Knoxville, institutions and agencies of the Faith, and people outside the area — rooting from the sidelines, as it were.

“It has uplifted us to the point there’s a sense that everybody wants to do something, whether they’re involved in the neighborhood or not,” reflects Rahmanian. “They want to be part of it and they’re all encouraged by what’s going on in the neighborhood.”

It’s easy to see why. Posts to the thread encompass all the core activities of community building, the consultations of those coordinating those activities, and visits with the families of children’s class and junior youth group participants.

Eric and Genevieve Dozier (left) sing during a devotional gathering in Knoxville, Tennessee, that is being documented with the help of WhatsApp. Photo by Bita Rahmanian

Naturally, photos are a large part of what the app is documenting in Knoxville — snaps of people of all ages and backgrounds making their diverse neighborhood a better place: 

  • Studying holy writings in living rooms and around kitchen tables.
  • Holding deep conversations on front porches and along the street. 
  • Enjoying the music of Eric Dozier, visiting from Nashville. 
  • Most recently, sending a team member off to college. 
  • And stepping up, as three youths have, to coordinate activities in her wake.

In sum, a record of relationships built and an ever-increasing number of people engaged in service. Documented for reflection and posterity.

 

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