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  • Senior Anglican leaders praise "significance" and "courage" of Iranian ayatollah's gift to Baha'is

    15 April 2014

    LONDON — Two senior leaders of the Church of England have praised the ground-breaking action of an Iranian ayatollah who last week called for religious "coexistence" by dedicating to the Baha'is of the world, and particularly the Baha'is of Iran, an illuminated calligraphic rendering of a passage from their sacred texts.

    Lord Rowan Williams of Oystermouth,
    the former Archbishop of Canterbury

    Lord Rowan Williams of Oystermouth, the former archbishop of Canterbury, said the gift of Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani was of "immense significance"

    "It represents not only a personally gracious gesture but also a strand within the Islamic world at its best and most creative which is deeply appreciative of all that helps... Read more >

  • Race Unity Speech Award winner explains why he is Aotearoa New Zealand


    Winner of Race Unity Speech Award 2014 Thai An Vo

    A speech on race relations in New Zealand won Thai An Vo Nguyen top place in the national finals of the NZ Race Unity Speech Award last weekend. The competition was held at Te Mahurehure Marae, Point Chevalier, Auckland. Thai An received $2000 in prize money which will be split equally between him and Auckland International College, the school he represented.

    The annual event this year celebrated its 14th anniversary with finalists from high schools throughout the country addressing the issue of diversity in the human family.  Interpreting a traditional Maori proverb and a quotation on unity from the Baha'i Writings, the students explained how they related to race relations in... Read more >

  • In an unprecedented symbolic act senior cleric calls for religious co-existence in Iran

    In a world too often torn apart by religious strife, one senior Muslim cleric in Iran is attempting to bring about reconciliation and promote peaceful coexistence. At considerable risk to his personal freedom and safety, Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani has gifted an exquisite calligraphic rendering to the Baha'is of the world, dedicating it particularly to believers living in Iran, the birthplace of their religion. The personally-prepared work features an exhortation from Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha'i Faith, Iran's largest religious minority, calling on his followers to consort with all religions with amity and concord. Executive secretary of the New Zealand Baha'i community, Dr Shirin Foroughian, says the ayatollah's unprecedented act serves as a reminder of the importance of valuing human beings and avoiding blind religious prejudice.... Read more >

  • Official website for Universal House of Justice

    A new official website of the Baha’i Faith has been launched providing general information about the Universal House of Justice – the international governing body of the Baha’i community – and making available selected statements and letters that have been written by it or prepared under its supervision.

    The Universal House of Justice is elected every five years by representatives of over 170 national Baha’i communities. The most recent election took place in April 2013, the fiftieth anniversary of when it was established.

    The official website for the Universal House of Justice can be viewed at


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  • Pam Ringwood - a tireless contributor to educational and social-service initiatives

    Pamela Ringwood
    30 July 1930 - 19 March 2014

    One of the New Zealand Baha'i community's longest-serving, devoted members, Ms Pamela Ringwood, recently passed away after a long and debilitating infirmity. Beyond the loss to the Baha'i community is a loss to the whole country. Pam's sphere of service and the contributions she rendered included, and extended beyond, her family, her Faith, her community, and profession. She spent a life-time dedicated to the service of justice at local, national and international levels.

    Trained as a lawyer, and with four university qualifications, Pam went on to become a senior lecturer in law at Auckland University's Faculty of Law, specialising in and writing extensively about the law in relation to social services, the... Read more >

  • Naw Ruz - a time to celebrate

    Joyous celebrations are to take place throughout New Zealand and the world as Baha’is observe Naw Ruz on 21 March.

     Naw Ruz (“New Day”) will be observed and celebrated by millions all over the world.  Here in New Zealand, Baha’is will gather in homes or in halls for prayer and fellowship to celebrate the beginning of a new Bahá’í Year, at the conclusion of a nineteen day sunrise-to-sunset Fast – a time of spiritual focus and rejuvenation. Naw Ruz was ordained by Baha’u’llah as a celebration of humanity’s “spiritual springtime”.

    The Báb (whose sole duty was to prepare humanity for the coming of Baha’u’llah) introduced a new calendar, known now as the Badí or Bahá’í calendar. According to this calendar, a day is... Read more >

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