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The Power of the Oneness of Humankind

Photo: Courtesy of the Baha'i International Community

Photo: Courtesy of the Baha'i International Community

I was raised in a humble, Catholic and loudly middle-class family in Colombia but walking through the Champs-Elysees in Paris during my last trip to Europe kindled within me a powerful sense of belonging to the world. Now, more than ever, I carry with me a message of oneness and openness and I truly believe we are holders of a global citizenship although we still need to carry national passports. As I looked around me at the Champs-Elysees I saw people from all walks of life, from all different corners of the world, but I knew we are all part of a global tribe.  Continue reading

Leonora Armstrong: Spiritual Mother of South America

Leonora Holsapple Armstrong (June 23, 1895 – October 17, 1980) on board the S. S. Vasari bound for Brazil in 1921. (Photo: courtesy of Kristine Leonard Asuncion Young)

Leonora Holsapple Armstrong (June 23, 1895 – October 17, 1980) on board the S. S. Vasari bound for Brazil in 1921. (Photo: courtesy of Kristine Leonard Asuncion Young)

“Leonora, what are you waiting for? Go!” Those were the words of May Maxwell to Leonora Holsapple Armstrong. Leonora wanted to go pioneering to South America but her resolve weakened in the face of her friends’ and family’s concerns.

Leonora, like Dorothy Baker, learned of the Faith from her grandmother and she attended the 1919 Baha’i Convention in New York City when the Tablets of the Divine Plan were unveiled. She wrote to Abdu’l-Baha, expressing her wish to pioneer and be of service. In His reply, He “expressed the hope that she might become a ‘spiritual physician,’ and this hope of His became her highest aspiration.” Martha Root encouraged her to go to Argentina and she began studying Spanish but a contact in Brazil interested in the Faith made her change her plans.  Continue reading

19 Inspiring Instagram Photos of the Chile Temple

Photo: Courtesy of the Baha'i International Community

Photo: Courtesy of the Baha'i International Community

With today’s technology it has been easy to feel part of the happy and historic dedication of the Mother Temple of South America. One way I’ve felt connected is though photos on Instagram so I’ve gathered together some of my favourite pictures of the House of Worship in Chile. They are from a variety of sources and offer multiple perspectives on this magnificent building and I hope you find them as beautiful as I do! Continue reading

Baha’i Temple of South America – Newsreel 9 – September 2016 (English Version)

Photo: Courtesy of the Baha'i International Community

Photo: Courtesy of the Baha'i International Community

Newsreel 9 (September 2016) documents how the House of Worship in Chile is a gathering place for the people of South America. This short film, the final newsreel released by Templo Baha’i de Sudamerica (Baha’i Temple of South America), describes how the temple has acted as a magnet for human hearts and it highlights the developing devotional nature of its surrounding communities.  Continue reading

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