NEW ROCHELLE, New York — When the effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) began causing disruptions to life in their neighborhood, a group of youth quickly turned their attention to pressing needs arising from school closures. FULL STORY HERE
Wedding Congratulations in a Difficult Time
Our Baha’i Local Spiritual Assembly was delighted to officiate on March 28, 2020 at the marriage of Matthew and Bita. Matt is in the military and Bita is a pharmacist. The wedding took place in Dartmouth, NS conforming to health and other requirements.
Despite the difficult conditions resulting from the Covid-19 situation, the couple was able to conform with the Province of Nova Scotia health guidelines of having no more than 5 people in-person at the ceremony (Bride, Groom, two witnesses and the Baha’i Faith Secretary for Marriage) and also met the Nova Scotia Vital Statistics agency requirements for marriages.
The wedding was broadcast and had inputs using Zoom videoconferencing to some 90 friends and family in Iran, Germany, Australia, the USA, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Prince Edward Island, Halifax and other locations. It was a very joyous affair.
Excerpts from the Universal House of Justice Letter March 2020:
- “However difficult matters are at present, and however close to the limits of their endurance some
sections of societies are brought, humanity will ultimately pass through this ordeal,
and it will emerge on the other side with greater insight and with a deeper appreciation of its
inherent oneness and interdependence.”
- “We pray earnestly, also, for the Almighty to bestow upon you assurance, stamina, and
staunch spirits. May your minds be ever bent upon the needs of the communities to which
you belong, the condition of the societies in which you live, and the welfare of the entire family
of humanity, to whom you are all brothers and sisters. And in your quiet moments, when no course
of action other than prayer seems possible, then we invite you to add your supplications to our own
and ardently pray for the relief of suffering.”
InterFaith Harmony Week Halifax - Baha'i Participation
Bahá’í Community Devotional (Please join us)
2:00 p.m. Room 170, 5793 University Avenue, Halifax (Collaborative Health Education Building)
Guide for Guests: All are welcome to join the community for prayers, music, and devotions where creativity and spirituality meet. This will be followed by an informative video, question and answer period and refreshments. Discover a unifying vision of the future of society offered by the Baha’i Faith towards world peace and of the nature and purpose of life to know God and attain His presence by walking a path of service. Come as you are. All are welcome.
The Baha’i Community will also be part of the Library Panel Conversations Program on “Nurturing Connections”. There are Panels at three Metro Libraries. A Baha’i Panelist will be at the Bedford Library event:
Friday, January 31 1:00-3:00pm at the Bedford Public Library
15 Dartmouth Rd, Bedford, NS. All welcome. No registration required.
We urge all to partake heavily in InterFaith Harmony Week events put on by numerous Faith communities in our city as part of the ongoing Baha’i commitment to religious unity and understanding.
Baha'i 2019 in review – A year of historic developments
The Baha’i World News Service, reflecting on 2019, provides a brief overview of stories in the past year about developments in the global Baha’i community and a glimpse of the extraordinary worldwide celebrations that took place in honor of the second historic bicentenary. View a video and text recap (See HERE)
THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE RELEASES A STIRRING MESSAGE TO MARK THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF THE BAB
"To all who have come to honour the Herald of a new Dawn
Dearly loved Friends,
"Consider with us. Whenever a divine Educator appears in the world, a Figure Whose teachings will come to shape human thought and action for centuries thereafter—at such a dramatic, seismic moment, what would we expect?... " READ THE FULL MESSAGE (HERE)
BAHA'I WORLD CENTRE — Dawn of the Light, a new feature film commissioned by the Universal House of Justice for the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Bab, was released today on the bicentenary website, bicentenary.bahai.org.
The film follows the personal search for truth and meaning undertaken by eight people from different parts of the world. Each one describes the journey to discovering that God has sent two Divine Manifestations for today, the Bab and Baha’u’llah, Who are revolutionizing human thought and behavior.
The stories of the eight individuals are explored against the backdrop of the remarkable life of the Bab, the forerunner of Baha’u’llah.
Join us for this unique performance. " You can kill me as soon as you like, but you cannot stop the emancipation of women."
[ Last words of Tahirih ]
The Universal House of Justice issues a major statement on World Peace
“Universal peace is the destination towards which humanity has been moving throughout the ages under the influence of the Word of God that has been progressively imparted by the Creator to His creation….”. (See full Letter HERE).
The Universal House of Justice has also made available "The Promise of World Peace" a seminal document on this topic. Available HERE
Light to the World
BAHA'I WORLD CENTRE — “Light to the World,” a film about the life and teachings of Baha’u’llah commissioned by the Universal House of Justice was released on the official website for the bicentenary commemoration. The film tells the story of Baha’u’llah’s remarkable life and the impact of His teachings on communities around the world. “Light to the World” is available in all the languages of the Bicentenary site: English, Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Hindi, Persian, Arabic and Swahili.
The 51-minute film can be viewed here.
Synopsis: "There is a story unfolding. It is a story of humanity’s progress through history, propelled by the teachings of Messengers of God Who have guided humanity through its stages of development, and now to the dawn of its maturity.
"Two hundred years ago, such a prophetic Figure appeared: Bahá’u’lláh. He brought teachings for this age that represent an end to division and otherness, through which––at long last––the oneness of humankind can be realized.
"Discover more through accounts of people from diverse nations whose lives have been transformed by the light that Bahá’u’lláh brought to the world."
Maritime Bahá'ís and Friends Hold Annual Summer Camp
Baha'is and their friends gathered July 5-7 for the Annual Family Camp at the United Church Grounds in Berwick. They participated in a relaxed program of study, prayer, socializing, communing with nature, making new and renewing old friendships. This year there was a heavy influence on learning to engage the arts to portray the messages and principles of the Baha'i Faith.