- A century ago ‘Abdu’l-Baha, son of the Founder of the Baha’i Faith, laid the cornerstone for the Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois.
This Thursday the 104th U.S. Baha’i National Convention convenes in that holy place. Delegates will have two principal tasks:
- Prayerfully elect the nine members of the Baha’i Faith’s national governing body, the National Spiritual Assembly, that will guide the affairs of the Faith in this country over the coming year.
- Inform the incoming National Assembly through consultation on the progress of the Faith.
Delegates also will hear reports on the past year’s activities and gain insights from representatives of a continental board appointed to promote and protect the Faith. Providing an exclamation point to the week will be two commemorations (http://centenary.bahai.us/commemoration) of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s visit to America: Saturday night in downtown Chicago and Sunday in the Temple Auditorium. Because of those programs, Convention will end at suppertime Saturday after the introduction of the new National Assembly. Next April the National Assembly members elected Saturday will travel to Haifa, Israel, to elect the nine members of the Universal House of Justice, the world governing body of the Baha’i Faith. That election, which takes place once every five years, caps a process set in motion last October when Bahá’ís in more than 160 electoral units elected the delegates to this week’s Convention.