Vol 19, Issue 12

"I did not come to Paris to conform to the customs of Paris..."

The Office of the Treasurer would like to share this story of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá:

While ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was living in a Paris hotel, among those who often came to see Him was a poor, black man. He was not a Bahá’í, but he loved ‘Abdu’l-Bahá very much. One day when he came to visit, someone told him that the management did not like to have him – a poor black man – come, because it was not consistent with the standards of the hotel. The poor man went away. When ‘Abdu’l-Bahá learned of this, He sent for the man responsible. He told him that he must find His friend – He was not happy that he should have been turned away. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá said, “I did not come to see expensive hotels or furnishings, but to meet My friends. I did not come to Paris to conform to the customs of Paris, but to establish the standard of Bahá’u’lláh.”

As we remember ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, the Perfect Exemplar, in the centenary year of his passing, contributions to the shrine built in commemoration of Him are ongoing. To contribute to the construction of the Shrine of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, you can use the drop down menu or search in the Online Contribution System. 

Upcoming Webinar Waves

The Office of the Treasurer is regionally launching Wave 2 of webinars, "We are the Builders." The program will consist of presentations regarding the sacred nature of the funds of the Faith and their critical impact on building the Kingdom of God on Earth. Together we will explore the Writings & the messages of the Universal House of Justice on the role each of us shares through Universal Participation in "building a refuge for humanity,"

  • How we can "...focus on the mission immediately before..." us
  • How "the responsibility of the Baha'is to make a constructive contribution to human affairs becomes more pronounced
  • How, "Our contributions to the Faith are the surest way of lifting once and for all time the burden of hunger and misery from mankind."

To participate in upcoming webinars contact the Office of the Treasurer or Regional Bahá'í Council or Local Spiritual Assembly for upcoming dates.

In Case You Missed It: The New Online Contribution System!

If you’re used to using the ‘continuing contribution’ feature to give to the funds on the Online Contribution System (OCS), you may not have logged in to the site since the rebranding. Some new features you will find:

The option to use Paypal or Venmo, as well as a bank account or credit card: 


A brand new help center with downloadable resources and tutorial videos:


Inspirational quotes and stories:


The ability to search for quotes or add your own words to in honor or in memory of contributions:


If you haven't yet explored the new Online Contribution System, visit the OCS site or use the Quick Guide to get started.