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Old 04-22-2012, 08:40 AM   #1
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Plans to build new Houses of Worship announced
Plans to build new Houses of Worship announced - Bahá'í World News Service


HAIFA, Israel, 22 April 2012, (BWNS) –

With the construction under way in Chile of the last of the continental Baha'i Houses of Worship, plans have been announced for the building of the first two national Baha'i Temples – in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Papua New Guinea.

The historic announcement was made yesterday by the Universal House of Justice in its annual message to mark the first day of Ridvan, the holiest festival in the Baha'i year.

Baha'i Houses of Worship are distinctive buildings, open to all, where visitors can simply pray and meditate in a serene atmosphere, or listen to the holy scriptures of the world's religions being recited and sung. Each House of Worship provides a spiritual center around which agencies of social, humanitarian, and educational service are established for the surrounding population.

This institution weds "two essential, inseparable aspects of Baha'i life: worship and service," wrote the Universal House of Justice.

In addition to the two new national Temples, consultations are to commence in five regions of the world on the creation of local Houses of Worship. The locations are: Battambang, Cambodia; Bihar Sharif, India; Matunda Soy, Kenya; Norte del Cauca, Colombia; and Tanna, Vanuatu.

These are among the places where Baha'i communities are cultivating a "devotional spirit that finds expression in gatherings for prayer and an educational process that builds capacity for service to humanity," wrote the Universal House of Justice.

Referring to the Houses of Worship, the letter concluded: "From these Dawning-Points of the Remembrance of God will shine the rays of His light and peal out the anthems of His praise."





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Plans to build new Houses of Worship announced - Bahá'í World News Service
 
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:00 AM   #2
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Mashriqu'l-adhkar handbook

The Mashriqu'l-Adhkar handbook has been unreachable for a while, due to broken links and technology changes. I've put it up again here:


http://senmcglinn.files.wordpress.co...ok16-pdf-b.pdf

It's a pdf, feel free to make a copy
 
Old 04-22-2012, 07:15 PM   #3
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That's a nice handbook...who put it together?
 
Old 03-15-2013, 10:06 AM   #4
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With the construction under way in Chile of the last of the continental Baha'i Houses of Worship, plans have been announced for the building of the first two national Baha'i Temples – in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Papua New Guinea.

Wonderful news.

Have copied the handbook will study it later, thank you Sen McGlinn
 
Old 03-15-2013, 01:18 PM   #5
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This is wonderful news that new Houses of Worship are being planned and also built. Slowly, but surely, God's divine plan is being unfurled!

Bahá'u'lláh has commanded that a place be built for all the religionists of the world ... all may meet under the dome of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkár and adore the one God ... for the ages of darkness have passed away, and the century of light has arrived.

(From a speech by 'Abdu'l-Bahá reported in The Star of the West, Vol. III, No. 4, p. 7)
 
Old 03-15-2013, 02:35 PM   #6
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With the construction under way in Chile of the last of the continental Baha'i Houses of Worship, plans have been announced for the building of the first two national Baha'i Temples – in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Papua New Guinea.

Wonderful news.

Have copied the handbook will study it later, thank you Sen McGlinn
I'm even more interested in the *Local* Mashriqu'l-Adhkars than the National ones. That was something completely new and unexpected, and the seed of new social institutions that will be rooted at the very heart of the community(ies).

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Old 03-15-2013, 06:22 PM   #7
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This is probably rushing things a bit...

But when would the goal be to have these built by?

I haven't seen any prospective architectural plans, so I suppose they wouldn't have done much more than announce plans to build - especially with the Chile Temple nearing completion. But I'd still be interested to know if they'll be finished within the next twenty years.
 
Old 03-15-2013, 09:30 PM   #8
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There is a brief slide show showing some of the areas where the new Houses of Worship will be erected at

Plans to build new Houses of Worship announced - Bahá'í World News Service

On Vanuatu the Baha'is make up 3% of the population...

Religion in Vanuatu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In Papua New Guinea there are about .3%

and in the Democratic Republic of Congo a wikipedia article has the following:

The first members of the Baha'i Faith to live in the country came from Uganda in 1953. Four years later the first local administrative council was elected. In 1970 the National Spiritual Assembly (national administrative council) was first elected. Though the religion was banned in the 1970s and 80s, due to misrepresentations of foreign governments, the ban was lifted by the end of the 1980s. In 2012 plans were announced to build a national Baha'i House of Worship in the country.

Democratic Republic of the Congo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

and an article:

"The Bahá’í Faith was first established in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1957. Since that time, increasing numbers of people throughout the country have been finding inspiration and guidance in the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh. .."

The Democratic Republic of the Congo | The Bahá
 
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This is probably rushing things a bit...

But when would the goal be to have these built by?

I haven't seen any prospective architectural plans, so I suppose they wouldn't have done much more than announce plans to build - especially with the Chile Temple nearing completion. But I'd still be interested to know if they'll be finished within the next twenty years.
They've done quite a bit more than just announce plans to build. Within a couple of months, they had created a department at the World Centre to oversee the new temple construction (and deal with all the various legal/financial issues - land purchase, zoning, etc.), established a new fund and contributed generously into it, and already had a representative visiting the new locations to begin the process of finding suitable sites.

The Chile Temple was announced in 2001 and I think the design was chosen 2 years later, so I wouldn't expect to see designs for these new temples yet. Maybe by 2014 we'll have some of those?

Other than the Wilmette Temple, I can't think of a single temple that took more than 20 years to build following its announcement, so I think the chances are pretty good of finishing these before then. If there hadn't been so many delays in finding a suitable site to build it, the Chile Temple would already be done, and even with those delays, it won't have taken 20 years!

Regards,
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I'm even more interested in the *Local* Mashriqu'l-Adhkars than the National ones. That was something completely new and unexpected, and the seed of new social institutions that will be rooted at the very heart of the community(ies).

Regards,
Simeon
Yaaaaaaaaaaa for the ages of darkness have passed away, and the century of light has arrived.

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