For the Baha’i world, 2018 was marked by a wide range of developments.
During a break from the International Convention’s consultations on 30 April, delegates from Central Asia perform a song from the region.
Participants enter the Colombia Temple for their first visit during the 22 July inauguration ceremony. Five groups of about 220 people each filled the Temple for a devotional program, which included prayers and readings from the Baha’i writings.
This interior photo looking at the ceiling of the Colombia Temple shows the Greatest Name—which is a calligraphic representation of the invocation “O Glory of the All-Glorious”—surrounded by nine-pointed stars.
Youth gather to sing during the Colombia Temple’s inauguration ceremony on 22 July.
Since opening in October 2016, the continental House of Worship in Santiago, Chile, continues to attract more than 10,000 visitors every week.
This scene from the play Daughter of the Sun depicts when Nasiri’d-Din Shah, the king of Persia, met with Tahirih, offering to marry her if she recanted her faith. Tahirih turned down the offer with poetry: “Kingdom, wealth, and power for thee / Beggary, exile, and loss for me / If the former be good, it’s thine / If the latter is hard, it’s mine.”
The Baha'i community of Spain co-organized a conference on 26 October on the subject of radicalization.
The Baha’i Chair for World Peace’s annual lecture on 20 September focused on the subject of race. More than 370 people—including students, faculty, and staff at the University of Maryland, College Park as well as prominent guests from across the country—attended the talk by Jabari Mahiri, an education professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity holds a series of seminars for university students to help them see their education as integral to their efforts to contribute to the transformation of society. Seminars for university students were held in more than 40 countries this year. These participants gathered at a seminar in Brazil.
In the months following September 2017, when Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean island of Dominica, the community united in reconstruction efforts. Here, youth and adults work together to build a greenhouse in the island’s Kalinago territory.
A collection of more than 100 previously unpublished and untranslated selections from the Baha’i writings was published on 5 September on the Baha’i Reference Library, which was also updated with new site enhancements.
In September, a Baha’i prayer book in the Maori language was published, the first substantial collection of Baha’i prayers in the indigenous language. This photo shows a celebratory event announcing the publication at a local Maori community meeting grounds near Hamilton, New Zealand.
Baha’u’llah entered Akka on 31 August 1868 through the sea gate, which can be seen left of center along the sea wall. This photo, from 1920, shows what the sea gate would have looked like at the time of Baha’u’llah’s arrival, with water running directly to the wall. Today, this area along the old sea wall is a paved promenade.
In January, the Baha’i International Community launched the Archives of Baha’i Persecution in Iran website. The website compiles thousands of official documents, reports, testimonials, photos, and videos revealing irrefutable proof of relentless persecution. It was created in response to rising interest within and outside Iran to understand the depth and breadth of the persecution of Iran’s Baha’is. The release prompted 25 prominent intellectuals and specialists in human rights law to call on Iran's top human rights official to acknowledge his country’s long-standing state-sponsored persecution of the Baha’is.