Feast of Qawl (Speech) 2022


The Office of the Treasurer is excited to announce a special fundraising event to be held virtually on Saturday, December 17 at 6:00 pm Central Time! You don't want to miss this special opportunity - all contributions will go towards meeting this year’s National Fund Goal. Please join us for an inspiring event that will feature music by Ali Youssefi and the keynote by the National Treasurer, Dr. Robert C. Henderson. The invitation is linked here. If you have any questions, please contact the Treasurer’s Office at bahaitreasurersoffice@usbnc.org.

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ArchSpoon (003)‘This spoon holds a memory of a very significant historical event in the history of the Bahá’i  Faith in North America. It is from the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions, which was one event of the World's Columbian Exposition and what is on the spoon, an event held in Chicago, during which Bahá’u’lláh’s Cause was publicly mentioned in the West for the first time. This marked the beginning of the growth of the American Bahá’i Community. Here is a piece that was there in 1893, just a year after the passing of Bahá’u’lláh, where the seed of His Cause was Planted.’
Why do you want to donate this spoon to the National Archives?*

‘There was something really significant about the event itself, and I want it to be somewhere that other people could have a chance to see it, and that might resonate more with it. We know just saying the name of Bahá’u’lláh rearranges atoms, it changes them and this little spoon was affected by that. That energy affects all the items that happen to be there at the time.’

* the believer is donating the spoon to National Bahá’í Archives

 How did you come across this spoon? 

‘My grandmother got me into collecting tea cups and then little tea spoons was another part of that and those were the kinds of things I would look for and then came across this spoon. My husband is a historian. We love antiquing and looking at artifacts from the past. They are these little windows of life into the way people lived years before and this was just a little piece of that.’

Why is it important to have an archive for the Bahá’í community? 

‘As a teacher, the first thing you want to know is what's the background knowledge; it's this starting point that everything will build on. If we lose our starting point, we lose part of who we are or how we got to where we are. The connection, the identity, and the love - all of that is connected through our knowledge of how we got to be where we are. For example, all of the protests going on in Iran go back to Táhirih and if you don't understand where they came from, you really miss on some of the significance of what is happening today.’

To submit a story or item from your archive, i.e. photograph, material, item, etc, write to bahaitreasurersoffice@usbnc.org with a photo and answers to the question: Why did this item go in your archive? Why is it important to have an archive for the Bahá’í Community?
To learn more about the National Archive Campaign: Preserving our Spiritual Heritage, read the Bahá’í Fund Bulletin and The American Bahá’í magazine. Keep an eye out for videos, kids’ content, and more! 
To contribute to the project, select "US Bahá’í National Archives Renovation Fund" in the Online Contribution System.

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