115th National Convention: Delegates take on sacred responsibility

May 19, 2023
115th National Convention: Delegates take on sacred responsibility

115th Annual Convention Coverage

US BAHÁ’Í NATIONAL CONVENTION — As the 115th National Bahá’í Convention commences, delegates from across the continental United States are embracing the spiritual atmosphere of the Bahá’í House of Worship and its serene gardens. This sacred location holds profound significance in connection to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, who personally nurtured the growth and advancement of the American Bahá’í community. His travels to North America spanned 239 days, during which He dedicated significant attention to disseminating the teachings and principles of His Father’s Faith. In 1912, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá laid the foundation-stone of the Mother Temple of the West, signifying its spiritual importance. This was the only temple site personally dedicated by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

The National Convention, taking place in Foundation Hall at the heart of the temple, offers delegates a unique opportunity to fully immerse themselves in their sacred duty: the election of the National Spiritual Assembly. The spirit of devotion is essential as delegates strive for “absolute love and harmony, free from estrangement,” and seek to manifest the unity of God within themselves. They approach their consultations with utmost devotion, courtesy, dignity, care, and moderation, while seeking the guidance and assistance of God.

Throughout the upcoming days, the assembled delegates at the National Convention have two primary responsibilities: to elect and to recommend, all while embracing a spirit of love and devotion. These tasks are undertaken with the utmost reverence and commitment to their sacred duty.

Delegates and visitors enjoy a brief moment in the sun before assembling for the convention photo. Photo by Eric van ZantenDevotions in the Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette Illinois.

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