TOWN HALL MEETINGS
In the first week of October, over 600 of the Friends from across the country attended the Town Hall meetings with the National Treasurer, Dr. Robert Henderson. The focus of the presentation was to reflect on the call of the Nine-Year Plan and its implications for the Funds of the Faith, looking at the example of how ʻAbdu'l-Bahá ‘saw the end in the beginning.’ Dr. Henderson shared reflections of how the Master, with hope and weight of the entire world on His shoulders, took the ‘Long View’ and worked tirelessly to build the foundation of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, transforming a barren mountain and decayed building in Bahji into the ‘Precincts of Paradise.’ Dr. Henderson asked us to each put into action the guidance of the Nine-Year Plan with the same certitude and conviction, holding on to the vision of transforming ourselves and a nation bereft of truth, love, and unity through releasing “the society-building power of the Faith in ever-greater measures.”
The presentation was well received. A great deal of wonderful feedback came from those who participated in the webinar. Below are just a few examples:
“Being a Baha'i for 45 of my 76 years, "taking the long view" especially as I in my mind's eye traversed the steps down the mountain at the World Center resonated deeply with me. Our speaker's voice and the photographs combined to touch my heart deeply.”
“It was inspiring and humbly reminded me about taking “the long view” represented by the lives of active service to the Cause of Abdu’l Bahá and Shoghi Effendi; of universal participation in the Fund and of the consecrated efforts of each believer”
“It was very inspiring and informative. Enjoyed the connection of our current activities with the history of the Faith and 'Abdu'l-Baha. Also good questions from participants.”
We look forward to the participation of more of the Friends in the quarterly Town Halls being planned by the Office of the Treasurer. Stay tuned for announcements.
WHAT'S IN YOUR ARCHIVE?
Several generations ago, my great-grandfather went on pilgrimage and was blessed in meeting ‘Abdu’l-Baha. After this pilgrimage, as he was leaving, a piece of cloth from one of the shirts belonging to the Master was given to my great-grandfather by the Greatest Holy Leaf. This piece of cloth was later divided and shared, and it has been passed down the generations in my family for over one hundred years. It has survived many tribulations in Iran, it has traveled to the West, and we plan to one day present it to our own children. We have preserved it, for the time being, in a small blue box surrounded by archival tissue paper. Other aspects of our history that we hope to pass down in our family include the verbal retelling of our ancestry, old (and new) photographs, prayer books, and pieces of jewelry that have been passed down the generations.
It is important for families as well as communities to pass down stories, photographs, and other aspects of their archival history to give the next generation a sense of continuity and connection to those that came before. It is also particularly important to write down the stories of the past, so that they will be preserved for the future. For example, on my father’s side, the Baumgartner family played a tremendous role in the history of the Baha’i Faith in Alaska, in response to a pioneering call from the beloved Guardian, Shoghi Effendi. It is my hope and wish that these stories will - in time - be written down and preserved for the generations to come.
To submit a story or item from your archive, i.e. photograph, material, item, etc, write to bahaitreasurersoffice(at)usbnc.org with a photo and answers to the question: Why did this item go in your archive? Why is it important to have an archive for the Bahá’í Community?
To learn more about the National Archive Campaign: Preserving our Spiritual Heritage, please click below to play the video, which features items from the U.S. Bahá'í Archives, interviews with the archivists, and why this campaign is timely: https://vimeo.com/723216949/2089eeef16
To contribute to the project, select "US Bahá’í National Archives Renovation Fund" in the Online Contribution System.
Treasurers Notes for the Feast of 'Ilm (Knowledge)
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