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12 Photos of Africa’s Extraordinary Baha’i Temple in Uganda

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For more than fifty years, the Baha’i House of Worship in Kampala, Uganda, has been in the Guardian’s words, ‘the spiritual heart of Africa’. It was built in the first decade of Uganda’s Baha’i history, and has stood through the years of plenty, when the Baha’i community of Uganda grew to be the largest on the continent. In the 1970s a wave of Sub-Saharan countries banned the Baha’i Faith, including Uganda, under then rule Idi Amin, but this ban was rescinded in the following decade, and today Uganda is home to tens of thousands of Baha’is.

We’ve collected a dozen photos of the mother temple of Africa from Flickr and 500px, to give you a visual glimpse of this beautiful hub of Baha’i activity and worship. Continue reading

2 New Universal House of Justice Letters Regarding the Tablets of the Divine Plan

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Today on 26 March, 2016, The Universal House of Justice (the governing body of the Baha’i international community) has just released two new messages relating to the Tablets of the Divine Plan, marking the 100 year anniversary of the Tablets of the Divine Plan, which are 14 tablets revealed by Abdu’l-Baha between 26 March 1916 and 8 March 1917 to the Baha’is of the United States and Canada, and which outline a plan for the spiritual regeneration of the world.

One letter is to the Baha’is of the world, and the other is to “the chosen recipients of Abdu’l-Baha’s Tablets of the Divine Plan, the Baha’is of the United States and the Baha’is of Canada”.

You can read and download the two letters from the official website of the Universal House of Justice using the two corresponding links below: Continue reading

Soul Food – Melbourne, Australia

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In this Baha’i Blog production, we go behind the scenes and take a look at ‘Soul Food’ in Melbourne, Australia, a unique monthly event open to the public and held in the State Library of Victoria.

Soul Food provides an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to come together and to unite in a tranquil environment while reflecting on inspiring themes and common threads that tie us all together. It features live music, audio-visual pieces and readings from faiths and philosophers, authors, leaders and indigenous cultures, from all over the world. Continue reading

Celebrating 5 Years of Baha’i Blog!

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This Naw-Ruz Baha’i Blog turns five, and we’re so excited about all the things we’ve managed to achieve and learn over the last year! So excited in fact that we even got a cake made! Yes, that picture above is of a real cake and not a Photoshop’d image! (Thank you Kiana!)

We’ve had so much great feedback and help from so many people in every part of the world, and the team here at Baha’i Blog are extremely grateful to everyone for their constant encouragement and support! We’re doing our best to approach everything we do with a humble posture of learning, and an attitude of service. We meet regularly and are constantly planning, acting and reflecting on all the things we do. A lot has happened over the year and there’s simply way too much to be able to go over everything, but here are some of the highlights and milestones we thought we should share: Continue reading

19 Questions I’m Asking Myself for the Baha’i New Year

19 Questions Im Asking Myself for the Baha'i New Year

As I join Baha’is around the world in celebrating the Baha’i New Year known as Naw-Ruz, the last month of the Baha’i Calendar just before Naw-Ruz is the fasting period for Baha’is, and it was a perfect time for me to reflect on, and plan, what goals I want to set myself for the new year.

As we are encouraged by the Universal House of Justice to adopt a humble posture of learning — learning which takes place through prayer, planning, action and reflection — I thought I would create a list of questions to ask myself in order to help me reflect on and plan my own personal New Year resolutions.

I’ve decided to share this list of questions in case it may be of any use to you, (and I’ve left out my answers), but I’d love to hear about the questions you’ve been asking yourself, and/or what learnings you’ve had over the last year and how you hope to work on them if you think it would be appropriate to share (keeping in mind that it’s not about confessions of course). You can leave your comments in the ‘Comments’ section found at the bottom of this article.

Here’s the list: Continue reading

How is Community Building like Farming?

How Community Building is Like Farming

There are many topics worthy of focus in the 29 December 2015 message from the Universal House of Justice: it is packed full of wonderful insights and guidance that generations of people around the world will continue to learn about as they work together to build a new society. I chose to look at the analogy of farming as it relates to the community building process. At the very end of the message, the Universal House of Justice states: Continue reading

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