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The Office of Public Affairs of the Baha’is of the United States (OPA) represents the U.S. Baha’i community in its relationships with the U.S. government, non-governmental organizations, the media, and the broader public. OPA operates under the auspices of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States, the elected governing body of the American Baha’i community. The Baha’i national headquarters for the United States is located in Evanston, Illinois; OPA is located in Washington, D.C.
Baha'i World News Service
The Bahá’í World News Service - BWNS - The official news source of the worldwide Bahá’í community, reports on major developments and endeavors of the global Baha’i community.
In natural disasters, capacities of local communities vital
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMTThe Baha’i International Community hosted a dynamic exchange about central role of local communities in humanitarian relief.
In Spain, a dynamic conversation aims to prevent radicalization
Tue, 09 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMTWith academics, journalists, and government and military officials grappling with extremism, a university course brings to light emerging and leading perspectives.
As momentous bicentenary approaches, communities prepare
Wed, 03 Jul 2019 00:00:00 GMTAs the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Bab approaches, many communities are preparing, including the Baha’is of Germany.
Bringing the insights of religion into development
Sat, 29 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMTA panel at a major international development conference reflected advances in thought about local capacity and the role of religion in social and economic progress.
Momentous gathering focuses on Houses of Worship
Sun, 23 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMTThe Baha’i community has been engaged in an intensive process of learning about these sacred structures.
Faith as catalyst of social change: Perspectives from the Congo
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMTFaith communities in Kinshasa have come together in pursuit of a more peaceful and united society.
Overcoming prejudice through education
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMTThe latest BWNS podcast episode explores how a group of young women helped their community to shed superstitious attitudes that have ostracized women for generations.
Baha’i World article highlights centrality of agriculture
Wed, 05 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMTDrawing on Baha’i teachings and history, an article in the newly-launched online publication describes the importance of rural development.
Kiribati President attends annual Baha’i convention
Fri, 31 May 2019 00:00:00 GMTThe country’s Baha’is are engaging with their government in a common aim to work for the betterment of the island nation.
The Baha’i World publication launches online
Thu, 23 May 2019 00:00:00 GMTA new official Baha’i website makes available thoughtful essays and articles on contemporary issues and developments.
# Education is Not a Crime
Camo is a Sydney based street artist. He started tagging buses when he was about 14 and now he mainly creates street art with stencils. He enjoys painting outdoors to add colour to the streets. He likes the idea of making someone smile on their walk to work. For the #NotACrime Campaign, Camo painted a pile of books chained together to depict how knowledge is locked out of reach of Baha'i students.
The top book has the acronym 'BIHE' which stands for Baha'i Institute of Higher Education, the underground organisation comprised of professors and students who conduct their lectures in peoples' homes, usually over Skype. Next to the books is a disheartened youth staring at the ground.
Location: Applebee street St. Peter's
Did You Know? ...
Acts of devotion such as prayer, meditation, fasting, pilgrimage, and service to others are inherent to religious life. Through them, individuals and communities are able to continually reinforce the unique bond that exists between God and humanity.Learn More »
Month of Kalimát / Words
The Great Being saith: The learned of the day must direct the people to acquire those branches of knowledge which are of use, that both the learned themselves and the generality of mankind may derive benefits therefrom. Such academic pursuits as begin and end in words alone have never been and will never be of any worth.
-- Bahá’u’lláh » Tablets of Baha'u'llah Revealed After the Kitab-i-Aqdas, Pages 161-179: gr18 »