The National Spiritual Assembly has prayerfully reflected on the spiritual and material responsibilities of the American Bahá’í community and has determined that the Fund goal for the 2020/21 fiscal year will be $40M. The National Spiritual Assembly continues to be encouraged by the beautiful stories of teaching and sacrifice from the believers.
The Universal House of Justice’s May 9th letter has offered encouragement for Bahá'ís, taking into account the reality of the effects of the global pandemic.
“When society is in such difficulty and distress, the responsibility of the Bahá’ís to make a constructive contribution to human affairs becomes more pronounced. This is a moment when distinct but interrelated lines of action converge upon a single point, when the call to service rings aloud. The individual, the community, and the institutions of the Faith—inseparable protagonists in the advancement of civilization—are in a position to demonstrate the distinctive features of the Bahá’í way of life, characterized by increased maturity in the discharge of their responsibilities and in their relationships with each other. They are summoned to a fuller expression of the Faith’s society-building powers.”
Each year, the believers triumph over great challenges, making amazing sacrificial efforts to nurture the Bahá’í community’s strength and capacity, and ensuring forward movement toward Bahá'u'lláh vision of a world characterized by love and unity. The Office of the Treasurer is happy to report that the 2019/2020 National Fund goal of $40M has been exceeded. In addition, the ongoing Fund for the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá grew to over $5.4M dollars.
Congratulations to the U.S. Bahá’í community! Please see the video below for a message of gratitude from the Office of the Treasurer.
Since Feasts are not being held in-person in many places, the Office of the Treasurer asks that Treasurers share this issue of the Treasurers Notes with your communities by email.
The Office of the Treasurer is excited to share the news that Ruhi Book 11, Unit 1 is now available for study in your community! Titled 'Giving: The Spiritual Basis of Prosperity', the first unit explores the spiritual underpinnings of material prosperity. To learn more about how to study these important materials contact your Regional or Cluster Institute Coordinator.
The Office of the Treasurer is excited to share the news that Unit 1 of the Ruhi Book 11, Material Means is now available for study in our communities. Titled, Giving: The Spiritual Basis of Prosperity, this first unit is a deepened exploration of the spiritual underpinnings of material prosperity. To learn more about how to obtain and study these important materials please contact your Regional or Cluster Institute Coordinator.
A fund has been created to house the National Bahá’í Archives. This new archive space will house precious relics, historical artifacts and fragile documents now stored in several back spaces of Foundation Hall. Since its temporary space has become too small for the archive’s massive and growing collection and the technology for security, fire suppression and climate control is becoming obsolete, the US Bahá’í Archives Renovation Fund will enable relocation to a building in the vicinity of the House of Worship, renovation, and new, up-to-date safety and security systems. These developments will allow archivists to more securely house the items and documents that chronicle the history of the Faith in the US. Included in the archives are relics associated with the three Central Figures, such as clothing from Bahá'u'lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the original Tablet of Ahmad and the original Tablets of the Divine Plan, and precious artifacts of the Báb, which will be displayed for the upcoming Bicentenary.
The monthly figure for the contributions to the US Bahá’í Archives Renovation Fund will be contained in each issue of the Treasurers Notes.
As you may know from The Universal House of Justice’s 2019 Ridvan message, a Shrine to hold the sacred remains of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá will be constructed in near the Ridvan Garden:
“The Bahá’í world is being summoned to build the edifice which will forever embosom those sacred remains. It is to be constructed in the vicinity of the Riḍván Garden, on land consecrated by the footsteps of the Blessed Beauty; the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá will thus lie on the crescent traced between the Holy Shrines in ‘Akká and Haifa. Work on the architectural plans is advancing, and more information will be shared in the coming months.”
The progress of the Fund to support the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is included in the Treasurers Notes.
*Note: The current totals for the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the Bahá’í Archives Renovation Fund listed in this issue of the Treasurers Notes differs from the last issue in that the current figure shows the cumulative total of contributions. Last month’s issue presented the total contributions for this fiscal year. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
Going forward, the Treasurers Notes will list the cumulative figure of all contributions toward the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the Bahá’í Archives Renovation Fund.
The Finance Office sends its warm greetings with an important reminder to all Local Spiritual Assembly members. The due date of the annual audit for Local Spiritual Assemblies is July 31. If your Assembly has not submitted its audit for the period of May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019, we ask that you complete and send it as soon as possible.
The audit-form is available on the Treasurer’s Tools page, and can be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (electronically is preferred) or by mail to: Office of the Treasurer, 1233 Central Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201.
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