95 Days

According to technorati it has been 95 days since this blog was updated. This absence has been due to a technical disaster which is now, hopefully, resolved.

What follows is a round-up of some of the things that have happened in those 95 days…

February

ABC News, Ballarat, Australia, published a detailed report on the work of a Baha’i artist, Chris Nelson, who has turned a violent computer game (Unreal) into a 3D world based on “The Seven Valleys” by Baha’u’llah.

On Sunday 18th February, as part of two day memorial, a bench in Cheltenham was unveiled and dedicated to the memory of Ben Lockwood, a UK Bahai who died in a motorcycle accident as a youth. Waterfont Online also reports that Swansea University’s Student Union have “introduced The Ben Lockwood Award for Most Active Individual in his memory”

In New York the Baha’is were well represented at the large international UN commission on women, we had a delegation of over 36 people from all over the world with twelve girls under 18, including thirteen tear old Holly Smith from the UK. Also attending as a Baha’i from the UK was Simon Batchelor, who was one of very few men at the conference wishing to show a genuine concern, and desire to act, on issues of womens rights.

March

The Baha’i World News Service told the world how unique the golden tiles on the Shrine of the Bab are, when one went on display in a Dutch museum.

Actor Rainn Wilson, who plays Dwight in the American version of “The Office”, is starring in a film called The Mimzy and has been telling interviewers about his Baha’i beliefs. (see herehere, here and here).

The Baha’i community of Vietnam (locally called “Cong Dong Ton Giao Baha’i Viet Nam”) gained official recognition this month. Reporting on the occasion, Viet Nam News stated that “Baha’i followers have been present in Viet Nam since 1954, and have made significant contributions to the country, particularly in areas of education, health care, trade and environment.”

The festival of Naw-Ruz brought us into the year 164BE on the Baha’i calendar. Prime Minister Tony Blair sent the Baha’is his best wishes for Naw-Ruz and quoted Baha’u’llah saying: “The words of your founder, that “the earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens”, have perhaps an even greater resonance in 2007 than ever before. The universal challenges of climate change, and its potentially disastrous impact on millions of people across the globe, remind us forcefully that we are all fellow citizens of the world, all sharing in its destiny.”

April

Some of the world’s most famous news media made mention of the increased persecution of the Baha’is in Iran. The Baha’i International Community reported that “Baha’i students in primary and secondary schools throughout Iran are increasingly being harassed, vilified, and held up to abuse, according to recent reports from inside the country.”

The latest volume of “The Baha’i World” was launched with a promotional video.

An amateur funny video on YouTube, for people who are involved in Ruhi study circles, “The Masses are Waiting” received over 20,000 viewings. The video is a comedy dub of a scene from the movie Troy.

In the town of Bad Mergentheim, Germany, a monument in memory of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s visit in 1913 was re-erected. It was first erected in 1913 but was removed in 1937 under Nazi rule.

The “Baha’i Thought” blog has an interesting article about a Married Couples Weekend at the Green Acre Baha’i School in America.

The American Baha’i House of Worship has officially become one of the seven wonders of Illinois.

The Baha’is in Egypt are still unable to acquire ID cards, and Baha’is around the world have been raising awareness on the situations there and also of the situation for Baha’is in Iran.

Those who knew that a podcast was planned for once every 19 days, that plan met the same disaster as this blog, what had already been prepared was lost and so the idea is on hold, for the moment at least.

One thought on “95 Days”

  1. Welcome back James and thanks for the mention of the Marriage Weekend Post.
    I look forward to hearing more about what is going on in your part of the world.

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