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Communities elect national governing councils
05 May 16

Baha'i communities around the world have elected their national administrative bodies in a unique electoral process. Each year, during the Baha'i festival of Ridvan, delegates in virtually every country around the world gather together to elect the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of their country, a nine-member council responsible for guiding, coordinating, and stimulating the activities of the Baha'is in its jurisdiction

"Woven by the Mercy of God": Conference highlights religion's role in social change
27 April 16

MADRID — A recent interfaith event, co-hosted by the Baha'i community of Spain, drew 200 participants to explore how religious communities can collectively work for the betterment of the world

Joy Stevenson, 1919-2016
25 April 16

HAIFA — Joy Stevenson, former Counsellor member of the International Teaching Centre, passed away today in Queanbeyan, Australia. She was 97 years old. The Universal House of Justice sent the following message to all National Spiritual Assemblies on 25 April

New websites reflect breadth of Baha'i communities worldwide
18 April 16

A wave of official Baha'i websites, numbering over 40 and spanning the world, have emerged recently. In addition to the launch of new international sites, such as, the Baha'i Media Bank, and the official website of the Baha'i International Community, a number of new national websites have also appeared. Many national communities have been learning how to articulate their evolving understanding of the aims and activities of the Faith through the medium of the Web

UN focuses on religion to prevent violence
16 March 16

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Religious leaders and faith-based organizations across the world are meeting to understand their role in preventing incitement to violence that could lead to atrocity crimes. "Religion can be key in countering this issue," said Gerald Filson, Director of Public Affairs of the Baha'i Community of Canada and Chair of the Canadian Interfaith Conversation

Cambodia temple earthworks completed
BATTAMBANG, Cambodia, 08 March 16

Following the design unveiling in mid-July of last year and the groundbreaking in November, work on the local Baha'i House of Worship in Battambang, Cambodia, has reached a new milestone. A major phase of the earthworks has recently been completed, captured in new aerial video footage. To prepare the two hectare area, 23,000m3 of earth were excavated, moved, and compacted to accommodate the platform where the central edifice of the House of Worship will be raised.

Seminar highlights links between religious freedom and economic prosperity
LONDON, 06 March 16

In Iran, the Baha’i community continues to endure intense persecution solely based on religious belief, a blatant violation of a fundamental human right. Unfortunately, throughout the world, freedom of religion or belief is one of the most violated rights. An emerging body of research is suggesting that ensuring such freedoms within business could not only address a major social ill, but also be an unrecognized asset to economic recovery and growth

Local economies point to the future
INDORE, India, 03 March 16

How does a nation whose economy is growing by 7 percent a year allow for economic prosperity without fueling the rising inequality between rich and poor? How does it connect with the global market system without losing its spiritual and social values? These were some of the questions that animated a recent symposium titled "Strengthening Local Economies for a Just Global Order", held on 23 February at Devi Ahilya University in Indore.

Spanish publication explores dimensions of governance
25 February 16

MADRID — The first of a series of conferences on governance, initiated by the Baha'i community of Spain, has led to a new publication entitled La gobernanza y sus enfoques (Approaches to governance). The book, which contains the presentations given at the conference on the subject, resulted from the successful collaboration of governmental, faith-based, and civil society organizations, and included the private sector

Delhi seminar explores role of youth in social transformation
19 February 16

India has the largest youth population in the world, a reality that holds both tremendous promise and potential challenges for the future of the country. Recently, the Indian Institute of Public Administration and the Office of Public Affairs of the Bahá’ís of India organized a seminar at the India International Centre on the subject of youth, entitled The Role of Youth in Social Transformation

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