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Letters from National Spiritual Assemblies
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While these documents may have appeared in print, they are less formal or widely-distributed than the Published Documents from National Spiritual Assemblies.
  1. 1995 U.S. National Bahá'í Convention, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, in American Bahá'í (1995). Letter to an individual concerning some suggestions about the structure, function, and budget of the US NSA. [about]
  2. Allowance of non-Bahá'ís at Feast, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States (2008). A directive from the UHJ via the NSA of the US confirming that, if a non-Baha'i attends a Feast, the "administrative portion" may be held and just modified if need be, rather than postponed. [about]
  3. Attacks on the Faith, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States (1997). Response to two recent "attacks": dissidence and graffiti. [about]
  4. Avoidance of Politics and Controversial Matters, by Universal House of Justice (2003). A short explanation that the aim of Baha'is is to reconcile viewpoints and heal divisions, but not become involved with disputes of the many conflicting elements of society around them. Includes introductory letter from the US NSA, and a compilation. [about]
  5. Bahá'ís and Military Service, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, in Bahá'í News, 88 (1965). Brief discussion on how Baha'is may or may not serve in the armed forces. [about]
  6. Banning of Bahá'í Religious Institutions in Iran, The: An Open Letter, by National Spiritual Assembly of Iran (1983). An open letter from the NSA of Iran, translated from the Persian and sent to the American Baha'is by the US NSA, in response to the 1983 banning of the Baha'i Faith in the country. [about]
  7. Basis of the Bahá'í Community, The: A Statement Concerning the New History Society, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States (1941). A statement on Ahmad Sohrab's activities and its trademark infringement case. [about]
  8. Copyright Status of Bahá'í Texts, by United States Bahá'í Publishing Trust (1996). Questions regarding copyright and posting of Sacred Writings on the Internet. [about]
  9. Dates in Baha'u'llah and the New Era: A response to Francis Beckwith, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States (1992). Response to certain allegations Beckwith makes in his booklet Baha'i. [about]
  10. Deaths of Two Iranian Bahá'ís, 1997, by Universal House of Justice and National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States (1997). Reports from the Universal House of Justice and the NSA of the United States on the deaths of Masha'llah Enayati and Shahram Reza'i. [about]
  11. Dissimulation by Iranian Emmigrants, by Universal House of Justice and National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States (1985). Letters from the House and the US NSA concerning Baha'is who were able to escape Iran in 1997 by denying their Faith. [about]
  12. Five Year Plan, 2001-2006, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States (2001). Includes both HTML and PDF versions. [about]
  13. Guidance on the Use of Talks at Feast, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States (2009). Whether it is appropriate to read talks by Universal House of Justice members and others at the Nineteen Day Feast, and whether such talks have been, and should be, authenticated. [about]
  14. House of Baha'u'llah in Baghdad: Case before the League of Nations, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of 'Iraq (1928). [about]
  15. Human Rights are God-Given Rights, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, in Bahá'í National Review, 4 (1968). A short "Baha'i Statement on Human Rights," written by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States for the International Year for Human Rights, 1968. [about]
  16. Information for Bahá'ís called to fill out the Questionnaire on military duty under the Draft Act 1940, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States (1940). Summary of grounds for seeking exemption from combatant duty. [about]
  17. Introduction to a Statement on Race Unity, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States (1997). An informal letter on the "most challenging issue confronting America." [about]
  18. Investing and Finance, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States (1996). Letter from the US BNC's Finance Coordinator describing some investment principles followed by the NSA, and offering limited guidance for individuals. [about]
  19. Jews and the Crucifixion, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States (1980). [about]
  20. Kalimat Press and Distribution by Bahá'í Agencies (1999). While Baha'is are free to purchase and own books by Kalimat Press, the Baha'i distribution services stopped carrying titles by this publisher. [about]
  21. Letters to and from US Presidential Archives (1984). A collection of correspondence circa 1984 from and to archivist David Piff concerning Baha'i-related holdings. Also included is some correspondence between offices of the presidents and the US National Spiritual Assembly and the BIC. [about]
  22. Mackenzie and Franklin Islands in the Tablets of the Divine Plan, by National Spiritual Assembly of Canada (2006). Question to, and response from, the Archives of the NSA of Canada about why 'Abdu'l-Bahá addressed these then-sparsely-populated regions of Canada. [about]
  23. Membership in the National Organization for Women, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States (1998). A statement on behalf of the NSA about which criteria Baha'is should consider when deciding what organizations to participate in, and whether they are politically active. [about]
  24. Obedience to Civil Authority, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, in The Bahá'í National Review, 32 (1970). A statement on the problem of whom one should obey when there is apparent conflict between the immediate civil authority under which one resides and a superior authority, such as a state or the Federal Government. [about]
  25. Participation in Anti-War Demonstrations, by Universal House of Justice and National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United Kingdom (2003). Two short letters from the House of Justice on avoiding political protest and anti-war demonstrations, followed by a longer letter from the NSA of the U.K. on "Responding to the Middle East Crisis." [about]
  26. Pledge of Allegiance, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States (2002). A short letter from the US Baha'i National Center's Office of Public Information re a June 2002 ruling that the phrase "under God" violates the separation of church and state. [about]
  27. Questions and Answers on War and Related Issues (2003). Compilation of passages and commentary on the military, political activism, disarmament, pacifism, and collective security. [about]
  28. Results of the First Regional Bahá'í Council Election, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States (1997). Results of the first US Regional Baha'i Councils election, posted here because it was a "historic event." [about]
  29. Ridvan Message from the US National Spiritual Assembly, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States (2007). An annual report/summary of activities, with discussion of low enrollments. [about]
  30. Ruhe, David S. (1914-2005), by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States (2005). A letter from the NSA, followed by a biography from Baha'i World News Service. [about]
  31. Special Report on Baha'i Burial vs. Maori Custom, by National Spiritual Assembly of New Zealand (1989). Special report about reconciling Baha'i burial laws with local maori customs where they conflict; includes guidance from the Universal House of Justice. [about]
  32. Spiritual Institutions: The Foundation for Oneness (2000). Annotated compilation on the structure and functioning of the Baha'i administrative order. [about]
  33. Spiritualization of the Bahá'í Community: A Plan for Teaching, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Ireland and Adib Taherzadeh (1982). A three-part collection consisting of a letter from the NSA of Ireland, a letter from Taherzadeh to the Baha'is of Ireland regarding the spiritualization of the Baha'i community, and the preamble for a plan of action for teaching. [about]
  34. Statement on Homosexuality, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United Kingdom (1996). Statement written at the request of the NSA of the U.K., which was "concerned at the introduction into schools of material which seemed to approve of, and even promote, homosexuality." [about]
  35. Use of appropriate domain names by Bahá'ís on the Internet, by National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United Kingdom, in Bahá'í Journal (UK) (1997). A directive from the UN NSA that Baha'is should refrain from using "Baha'i words" as the account name in email addresses. [about]
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