On Baha’i Evolution Over 40 Years: Rip Van Winkles, beware!

Source: http://www.seattlebahais.org/history

I remember Ruhiyyih Khanum speaking at a conference, perhaps one of the youth conferences in my day as a youth, saying something to the effect that what we have today as Baha’is is not what we will have in the future. In other words, the Faith will change over time. It evolves — like everything else in creation.

That was sure evident at the youth conference held in Tacoma this last weekend, one of the 114 being held in the world this summer called for by the Universal House of Justice. Youth raised in the Faith but who have not been participating in the core activities that characterize Baha’i life today may have had difficulty even relating to the conference had they attended. Yet non-Baha’i youth in attendance, exposed to the Baha’i-inspired community building efforts in their neighborhoods over the course of just a few weeks or months, felt right at home.

The Faith has not remained the same. It is not what it was back in the late 60’s and early 70’s, as wonderful as those days were for the growth of the Faith. The Faith entered a whole new phase after 1996, incorporating the early experiences of places like Norte de Bolivar, Columbia, featured in Frontiers of Learning, which has been at its community-building process for 20 years. -gw

Remembering the late 60’s and early 70’s…

Today in Tacoma …




1 Comment(s)

  1. On Aug 1, 2013, Rich Young said:


    Ruhiyyih Khanum spoke in Seattle at a northwest Baha’i conference around 1957 or maybe 1958 and said that the Faith would be changing greatly -that only just the tip of a little finger was showing now of this vast body. Maybe that is the conference you are writing of or maybe she spoke of this again.

    I went to speak with her at a break in the conference. My mother wanted her to sign her book. She never signed books then, but instead bought the book from me to give to someone. My mother was upset that I accepted the money, but she gave me no choice. The next day we got home at 3 am after driving from Seattle to Pendleton, Oregon. I got into trouble for not having a good excuse for missing school. In reality, the teachers were upset with us for being outspoken Baha’is.

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