BATTAMBANG, Cambodia — In just three weeks, the people of Battambang will celebrate the dedication of their local Baha’i House of Worship. New video footage captures recent progress and highlights the beauty of the Temple. Article contains aerial footage and slideshow of Temple nearing completion. Read full article here.
On July 9, Baha’is all over the world observe the Martyrdom of the Bab and marks the 1850 execution of one of two main figures in the founding of their Faith. “The anniversary of this event is commemorated at noon on Rahmat 16 (Sharaf) (of the Baha’i Calendar – i.e., July 9 or July 10). It is one of nine Holy Days when work is suspended.” (Wikipedia)
“The Bab, whose name means “The Gate” in Arabic, had declared in 1844 that He was a messenger of God sent to prepare the way for the long-awaited promised one of all religions who would come to establish an age of universal peace. In 1863 Baha’u’llah announced publicly that He was that promised one.” (BWNS, 8 July 2007)
The Martyrdom of the Bab program.pdf is a small downloadable foldable handout that contains prayers, readings, and links to music and short videos. Prepared by Tricia Hague-Barrett for use as a complete program or supplement to an already existing program. Read more
In honour of the bi-centennial year of the Birth of Baha’u’llah, the National Spiritual Assembly of the United Kingdom has commissioned a short film on the Personage of Baha’u’llah and His Teachings, that is to be used in schools across the country. It is envisaged that this film will not only inform, but also inspire young people from a variety of diverse settings and backgrounds to examine their own lives and capacities for service to humanity.
The film will be available for the September 2017 term and the Religious Education Task Force is currently creating lesson plans and educational materials to accompany the film.
Us and Them: Diversity, Division, and a World of Difference is a five-part series featuring talks dealing with the realities of a diverse population. The series of talks were produced by CBC in partnership with The Laurier Institution of Vancouver and is broadcasting during the last week of June on their “Ideas” program.
Farid Rohani of the Laurier Institution credits the Baha’i Faith as a source of inspiration for the themes of the lecture series.
Baha’i World News Service
21 June 2017
Excitement builds as thousands gather for the unveiling of the design for the local Baha’i House of Worship in Tanna in the island nation of Vanuatu, an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. “We are here today to launch a starting point in a journey by the Baha’i community,” says Chief Freeman Nariu Sawaram, President of Nikoletan Tanna Island Council of Chiefs. “We have to join hands, work together, and forgive one another. Then we can achieve whatever the whole body requires and build a better Tanna.” Read full article here.