Bahá’í Faith discusses how to contribute to world peace at 13th International Convention

Members of the Na­tional Spiritual Assem­bly of the Bahá’ís of Ghana, a nine-member annually elected body responsible for the administration of the Bahá’í Faith in Ghana, have partici­pated in the 13th International Bahá’í Convention held at the Bahá’í World Centre in Israel.

The Convention was to elect the world governing body of the Bahá’í Faith, the Universal House of Justice.

A statement issued by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Ghana after the members have returned, said the National Assembly mem­bers were part of nearly 1,400 delegates and counsellors from over 170 countries who gathered at the administrative and spiritual centre of the Bahá’i Faith in Haifa.

It said the National Assembly members and the other dele­gates participated in consultative sessions and elected the inter­national governing body of the Bahá’í Faith.

The statement said the consultations dwelled on how the global Bahá’í community, through its community building activities, could develop more human capacity and contribute to the realisation of world peace.

“Through an educational pro­cess, which is characterised by the development of both spiri­tual understanding and practical skills of service, Bahá’ís across the world are engaged in build­ing human capacity to engage in acts of service and participate in societal discourses,” it said.

The statement said the delegates also commemorated the Festival of Ridván, which celebrates the period when Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Faith, publicly proclaimed His mission as a Messenger of God.

It said the highlight of the Convention was the screening of a 72-minute film which featured efforts of people, communities and institutions in four regions of the world striving to channel the transformative power of the Bahá’í teachings toward social change.

“It is such a bounty to be at the World Centre and to partic­ipate in the International Con­vention where you experience humanity’s expression of joy, love and unity,” said the Chair­person of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’í Faith of Ghana, Dr Christine O. Asare.

“We return home revitalised and yearning to work towards in­spiring the Bahá’í Community in Ghana and friends of the Faith to continue exerting our energies in activities aimed at creating a peaceful society,” she said.


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