Baha'i Faith of the Shoals

Gender equality essential for progress, says BIC in new statement
9 March 2017
NEW YORK — The Baha'i International Community has released a new statement on the advancement of women and the vital relationship between gender equality and true prosperity.

The document was published in preparation for the Commission on the Status of Women to be held at the United Nations next week. The Commission is the UN's principal annual global forum for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. It promotes women's rights and shapes global standards for equality.

The BIC's statement, "Toward Prosperity: The Role of Women and Men in Building a Flourishing World Civilization", connects the equality of women and men with the advancement of society in general.

The statement explores a holistic conception of progress, calling for a vision beyond mere economic prosperity. The advancement of women must entail more than economic empowerment, argues the BIC...

Temple construction reaches new milestone
23 February 2017
AGUA AZUL, Colombia — Plans for the construction of the local Baha'i House of Worship in Agua Azul, a village in Norte del Cauca, Colombia, have recently reached an important milestone. Construction officially began in January, after building contracts were formalized with a local firm in the region.

Following the groundbreaking ceremony in May 2016, the three-meter high central mound on which the 18-meter tall Temple will stand has been completed, and the foundational work for the surrounding auxiliary structures has been laid. In time, these structures will be painted in the bright colors traditional to buildings in Colombia.

Parallel to the progress on building the House of Worship has been the reinforcement of activities, ongoing for some time now, that contribute to the spiritual and material progress of communities in and around Norte del Cauca. Inspired by the Temple, these community-building activities have multiplied, and a spirit of prayer, devotion, and participation has begun to increasingly permeate the area.Leaders in Pakistan highlight urgent need for harmony of religion.
APRIL CALENDAR

Fist Annual Annie Londonderry bike ride 10 am Saturday April 1 
meet in front of Lauderdale county courthouse

Feast of Jalal/Glory 10:30am Sunday April 9th

First Day of Ridvan 3 pm Thursday, April 20th, 
Jacquie's back porch

Ninth Day of Ridvan picnic Friday April ​28th noon to five pm
@  Ellen Davis home





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