Wood: Transformation of Society – The Hutchinson News

Every year in early April the Universal House of Justice sends a message to the Baha’i world community. It is called the Ridvan message in honor of the event which took place in the Garden of Ridvan on the eastern bank of the Tigris river in Baghdad in 1863. It was the place where Baha’u’llah made the public declaration of His station and mission to a group of His associates and invited guests. The event took place over 12 days. Baha’is celebrate the first, ninth and twelfth days as Holy Days.

The message this year reviews the accomplishments of the Baha’i world community in the last 25 years, from 1966 to 2021, with details of progress, plans and commentary. The complete message can be found online at https://universalhouseofjustice.bahai.org/ridvan-messages/.

“And the troubled affairs of humankind over this period seemed to underline how desperate was its need for the remedy prescribed by the Divine Physician. Implied in all this was a conception of religion very different from those holding sway in the world at large: a conception that recognized religion as the potent force propelling an ever-advancing civilization. It was understood that such a civilization would also not appear spontaneously, of its own accord—it was the mission of Bahá’u’lláh’s followers to labour for its emergence. Such a mission demanded applying the same process of systematic learning to the work of social action and engagement in public discourse.” 

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