Community and administration

Entries about Baha'i community life, about Baha'i administration, and about how the two intersect.

By-election announced for two members of Universal House of Justice

HAIFA, Israel — The Universal House of Justice has announced that it has approved the requests of two of its members, Mr. Hooper Dunbar and Dr. Peter Khan, to relinquish their positions owing to their advanced age and the heavy burden of work involved in membership.

The announcement came in a letter addressed to all National Spiritual Assemblies of the Baha'i Faith around the world. In the letter, the House of Justice said the two men would continue to serve until completion of a by-election to replace them.

The nine members of each National Assembly serve as electors for the House of Justice, which is the head of the Baha'i Faith. The election will be conducted by mail, with results scheduled to be announced at Naw-Ruz, the Baha'i new year, on 21 March.

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World Order, Administrative Order

Pilgrim’s note

On Planet Bahai (a very good Bahai discussion forum), I had been arguing that Baha’u’llah’s World Order and the Bahai Administrative Order are two different things, to which the moderator, Dale, replied,

There is a pilgrim’s note, I forget the origin of it, in which Shoghi Effendi one day asked where authority resides after Baha’u'llah’s ascension….

“‘Abdu’l-Baha,” replied the person to whom he was talking.

“And where,” he then asked, “does authority reside after the Master’s passing?”

“The Guardian,” the other person replied.

“No,” he said. “It resides with the World Order of Baha’u'llah.”

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Sunday Driver: “Cuba Needs More Hookers”

{josquote}...out of the 590 people living in Cuba, there are enough Bahá’is to support not just one, but two different meetings of the faithful for worship and meditation.{/josquote}

To get to the Four Corners region of the American Southwest, you get off the plane at Albuquerque and take US 550 toward the northwest. But you best be sure to stock up on refreshments, gas and restroom breaks before you leave the northern suburb of Bernalillo, because that’s just about the last chance you’ll get to stop until you reach the small village of Cuba, NM (pop. 590). There, you’ll have a few places to stop and eat: McDonalds, a Subway, El Bruno’s for Mexican food, and the venerable Cuban Cafe, among a few other choices. Last time through there a few months ago, I stopped for a restroom break at the combination McDonalds/Chevron station and found this scrawled in large letters on the stall door:

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Midstate Baha'i followers a diverse group


JASON VORHEES/THE TELEGRAPH A small group of Baha'i followers meet at Mahin Pouryaghma's house in Fort Valley Thursday.

FORT VALLEY — On a Friday night, a group of eight people of the Baha’i faith from Macon and Fort Valley have gathered in the living room of the home of Mahin Pouryaghma for their weekly meeting of prayer and study.

They begin their meeting with each person around the room reading or reciting a prayer.

“Thy name is my healing, O God,” said Parvis Moshtael of Macon.

“Help me to be meek and lowly,” said Pouryaghma.

“The source of all learning is the knowledge of God,” said Fereydoun Jalali, a former electronic engineering technology professor at Fort Valley State University.

{josquote}After that, they take turns reading aloud, paragraph by paragraph, from the second volume of Adib Taherzadeh’s “The Revelation of Baha’u’llah"{/josquote}

After that, they take turns reading aloud, paragraph by paragraph, from the second volume of Adib Taherzadeh’s “The Revelation of Baha’u’llah,” a book of commentary about the writings of the religion’s founder.

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Baha'i community mourns passing of former leader

Leaders of Israel's Baha'i community will next week commemorate the recent passing of Murray Smith, former Deputy Secretary General of the Baha'i International Community.

Smith, a New Zealander who served in Israel from 1994 to 2007, died last month of cancer at the age of 67 in New Zealand. A former Labor member of parliament in his native land, Smith was a well-known and well-liked figure at diplomatic receptions and events in Israel.

The commemoration gathering will take place Thursday at the Baha'i Garden in Haifa - one of the most important holy sites for followers of the Baha'i faith. Smith's family will attend a commemoration service in New Zealand, which will be held on the same day.

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