National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís returns from international convention invigorated

Members of the National Spiritual Assembly of Bahá'ís of Ghana at the 13th International Bahá'í Convention held in Haifa, Israel

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, are back in the country after participating 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.

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.

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

The consultations dwelt on how the global Bahá’í community, through its community building activities, can 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.

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

“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 Dr. Christine O. Asare, Chairperson of the National Spiritual Assembly. “We return home revitalised and yearning to work toward 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.

A 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 Baha’i teachings toward social change.

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