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Mass urbanization demands reimagining community life, says BIC
21 October 16

QUITO, Ecuador — We need a fundamental reimagining of collective living, says the Baha'i International Community (BIC) in a statement released this week, titled "New Patterns of Community Life in an Urbanizing World". The statement addresses the Habitat III conference organized by the United Nations in Quito, which ended yesterday. This was the third UN conference on sustainable urban development, the first having taken place in Vancouver in 1976

Day 3: Looking to the future
17 October 16

SANTIAGO — As the sun rose behind the Andes, more than 250 people representing various indigenous populations of South America entered the newly-dedicated continental Baha'i Temple. The melodies of the choir permeated that sacred space, as Baha'i scriptures in Spanish and the Mapuche language, resounded through the Temple's auditorium, touching the hearts of those present

Day 2: House of Worship rises from concept to reality
16 October 16

SANTIAGO — On the second day of the conference marking the opening of the final continental Baha'i House of Worship, participants reflected on the significance of the edifice and its role as a focal point for institutions that will emerge to serve the surrounding population. Claudio Orrego, the former Mayor of Penalolen and now governor of the Santiago Metropolitan Region, described how the Temple came to be situated at the foothills of the Andes

Day 1: Galvanic conference opening celebrates history and achievements
15 October 16

SANTIAGO — The vibrant color, music, and splendor of the cultures of South America’s diverse peoples were on display at the opening of a historic conference here. The audience, numbering nearly five thousand, was galvanized as it celebrated the opening of the Bahá’í Temple for South America. View a video capturing the joy and energy of those attending this momentous event. The stage of Santiago’s Movistar arena was the setting for the first session

Temple hailed as a transcendental ‘gift’ to Chile and the continent
13 October 16

SANTIAGO — On the outskirts of Santiago, in the foothills of the Andes, an extraordinary event took place today—the long-anticipated public dedication of the Baha’i House of Worship for South America and the last remaining continental Baha’i Temple to be constructed

Where spirit and form fuse: reflections on the architecture of the Chile Temple
12 October 16

SANTIAGO — Siamak Hariri is visibly moved as he surveys the Baha'i House of Worship here that has taken his Toronto-based architectural team, and hundreds of other contributors from all around the world, some 14 years to bring to completion. "You have a sense of what it will be because you've been so intimately involved in every detail," he says, "but it's so much more than our imaginations could have predicted

Century-long process about to culminate
12 October 16

SANTIAGO — The dedication of the Baha'i House of Worship taking place in Santiago, Chile, signifies a historic conclusion to a century-long process of raising up continental Baha'i Houses of Worship around the world. A House of Worship is a pivotal institution of Baha'i community life, ordained by Baha'u'llah as a sacred structure open to all and referred to as "Mashriqu'l-Adhkar", which translates to "Dawning Place of the Mention of God

Dramatic footage captures Chile Temple developments
11 October 16

SANTIAGO — The final newsreel on the construction of the Baha'i House of Worship for South America has been released as the highly-anticipated dedication of the Temple approaches. The video highlights major developments over the past year and the growing connection of the community to the Temple and the activities of service and worship that it has inspired

Hopeful BIC looks to future of Africa
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 07 October 16

Africa has a great contribution to make to the future of world civilization, explains Prof. Techeste Ahderom, representative of the Baha'i International Community's (BIC) regional office in Africa. The BIC is an international non-governmental organization representing the worldwide Baha'i community. Established in 1948, the BIC has offices at the United Nations in New York and Geneva, as well as regional offices in Brussels, and most recently Jakarta and Addis Ababa.

Anticipation rises for Chile Temple inauguration
30 September 16

SANTIAGO — A surge of excitement and anticipation is palpable among the Baha'i community in Santiago and abroad as the inauguration of the last of the continental Baha'i Houses of Worship approaches. The President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, is expected to attend the opening ceremony with other dignitaries

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