On June 30, 2001, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "more than 8,000 followers of the Baha'i faith are in Milwaukee for 'Building
the Kingdom,' their first national conference since 1986." An interview of Robert C.
Henderson, secretary general of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is
of the United States followed, in which he spoke about the Baha'i faith, race relations, and the convention.
On June 23, 2001, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "thousands of Baha'i believers, followers of a faith whose teachings say the
time has come for all people to be unified in a single global society, will
converge on Milwaukee next week for a national conference unlike any they have
held before... Invitations...have gone out to 10,000 non-Baha'is across the country...'This conference is specifically designed to demonstrate not only to the Baha'is
but to the general public the community building aspects of a...
On May 27, 2001, the St. Petersburg Times reported that "in St. Petersburg,
close to 100 believers gathered at the local [Baha'i] center...to
celebrate one of their faith's holiest days - the Declaration of the Bab, the
Iranian merchant who foretold the coming of Bahaullah, the religion's founder..The celebration paying homage to the Bab...
On May 18, 2001, The Columbus Dispatch reported on the opening of the $ 250 million development of sacred terraces, fountains and gardens at the
Baha'is' spiritual center in Haifa, Israel. Central Ohio Baha'is will watch the opening ceremony via satellite. "'For Baha'is, the completion of the terraces is concurrent with the faith's
emergence as a world community and the realization of a centurylong dream to
create a spiritual and administrative center,' said ...a local
spokeswoman for the faith...Local pride extends not only...
On May 5, 2001, The New York Times reported that "Baha'is from around the world [will] gather in Israel to
celebrate completion of an unusual garden. It is laid out as a series of 19
linked terraces, a kilometer in length, ascending the slope of Mount Carmel, in
Haifa, at one of the faith's holiest shrines....Of an estimated five
million Bahais around the world, 130,000 live in the United States, with
administrative headquarters and a major house of worship in suburban Chicago and
a radio station in rural South Carolina."
On April 28, 2001, the New York Daily News reported that members of the Baha'i religion around the world are celebrating Ridvan. "Ridvan (Arabic for 'paradise'), the movement's major
festival, lasts 12 days. Among its distinctions is that the first day of Ridvan...was
marked by an election, perhaps the most unusual and democratic in any religion...Ridvan, known as the King of Festivals, celebrates a most significant moment
in the life of Baha'u'llah - the 12 days that he spent meditating in a garden
near Baghdad in 1863 before...
On April 20, 2001, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that on the day that "followers of the Baha'i religion will celebrate the beginning of
the Ridvan, a 12-day festival commemorating the proclamation of Baha'u'llah as
prophet and founder of their faith tradition."
On October 1, 2000, "One Country" reported that "the Baha'i International Community launched an Internet-based news service on 4 December 2000. The Baha'i World News Service (BWNS) reports on the activities, projects and events of the worldwide Baha'i community." The service intends to provide information about Baha'i events around the world for secular news services, as well as for interested individuals. The website may be found at "bahaiworldnews.org"".
On February 17, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that members of the Baha'i Faith have been intentionally moving to neighborhoods where they are an ethnic minority, "as a matter of conscience." The Baha'i Faith is "a religion
founded in the mid-1800s that now has more than 5 million followers worldwide.
It emphasizes racial unity, even to the point of encouraging interracial
marriage." A national spokeswoman for Baha'is in the U.S. said that "'The elimination of prejudice of all kinds is a...
On February 16, 2001, The Columbus Dispatch reported on the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio, which has 350 members from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Baha'ism,
Islam and Judaism. All are volunteers. "The missions of the association...are to educate its members and the public about customs of
different faiths and to provide interfaith public worship and ceremonies related
to local and global concerns." The association's projects, which range from peace-training programs in public schools to the creation of...