London, Abidjan host landmark conferences

January 6, 2009

LONDON, England — London hosted its largest Baha’i gathering in 45 years with a regional conference last weekend that brought together 3,200 people from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, and Greenland.

A World Congress held in Royal Albert Hall in 1963 was the only bigger Baha’i gathering in the city. More than 6,000 people attended that.

This time the conference was at the Business Design Centre in the central London Borough of Islington. The gathering was one of 41 Baha’i conferences being held over a four-month period in cities around the world, all convened by the Universal House of Justice, the head of the Baha’i Faith.

The conferences began on 1 November in Lusaka, Zambia, and will wind up on 1 March in Kiev, Ukraine.

This past weekend there were two conferences, the one in London and another in Abidjan with 1,200 participants from Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.

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In Abidjan, 1,200 people came together for the eighth of nine conferences to be held in Africa in a four-month span.

For a list of all the conferences, with links to articles and photographs, go to: