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Documents from the Universal House of Justice
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Statements from the UHJ that have been published, are formal documents, have been widely distributed, or collections of letters published as books. See also letters from the UHJ and the documents from the Bahá'í International Community.
  1. Attaining the Dynamics of Growth: Glimpses from Five Continents, by International Teaching Centre of the Bahá'í World Centre (2008). This World Centre publication was used for consultation at the 10th International Bahá'í Convention. In pictures, case studies, testimonials, and analysis of programs of growth on 5 continents, it demonstrates the diverse conditions of Baha'is worldwide. [about]
  2. Attainment of the Unity of Nations and the Lesser Peace, by Universal House of Justice (2001). Letter sent to all NSAs and later broadcast to the Baha'i world to explain the process through which the Lesser Peace will be created and its relation to the Most Great Peace. [about]
  3. Bahá'í scholarship: importance, nature, and promotion of, by International Teaching Centre of the Universal House of Justice (1984). Information on Baha'i scholarship to devise ways to foster the development of Baha'i scholarship along lines that are in accordance with Baha'i standards and values. [about]
  4. Bahá'í World, The: Volume 13 (1954-1963), in Bahá'í World (1970). Includes formatted, proofread version (of pp. 1-478 only). [about]
  5. Bahá'í World, The: Volume 14 (1963-1968), in Bahá'í World (1974). [about]
  6. Bahá'í World, The: Volume 15 (1968-1973), in Bahá'í World (1976). [about]
  7. Bahá'í World, The: Volume 16 (1973-1976), in Bahá'í World (1978). [about]
  8. Bahá'í World, The: Volume 17 (1976-1979), in Bahá'í World (1981). So far only a portion of this volume is available: the table of contents, and pages 1-48. [about]
  9. Bahá'í World, The: Volume 18 (1979-1983), in Bahá'í World (1986). [about]
  10. Bahá'í World, The: Volume 24 (1995-1996), in Bahá'í World (1997). [about]
  11. Century of Light, by Universal House of Justice (2001). Survey of the history and dramatic changes of the 20th Century and the Bahá'í Faith's emergence from obscurity, "demonstrating on a global scale the unifying power with which its Divine origin has endowed it." [about]
  12. Constitution of the Universal House of Justice, by Universal House of Justice (1972). [about]
  13. Convention for the Election of the UHJ, and Completion of the Seat of the UHJ (1983), by Universal House of Justice, in Bahá'í World, Vol. 18 (1979-1983) (1986). Two documents from Baha'i World 18 part four section one, The World Order of Baha'u'llah: The Universal House of Justice: Fifth Int'l Convention for the Election of the UHJ, and Completion of Construction of the Seat of the UHJ. [about]
  14. Day of the Covenant 26 November 2003: To the Followers of Baha'u'llah in the Cradle of the Faith, by Universal House of Justice (2003). A message to the Baha'is of Iran; in both English and Persian. [about]
  15. Election and Infallibility of the Universal House of Justice, by Universal House of Justice, in Messages from the Universal House of Justice: 1963-1986: The Third Epoch of the Formative Age (1996). Answers to three questions: Why were steps taken to elect a Universal House of Justice with the foreknowledge that there would be no Guardian? Was the time ripe for such an action? Could not the International Baha'i Council have carried on the work? [about]
  16. Five Year Plan, The: 2006-2011: Messages of the Universal House of Justice, by Universal House of Justice (2006). Five Ridvan messages, one message to the Counsellors, and three other letters. [about]
  17. Five Year Plan, The: 2011-2016: Messages of the Universal House of Justice, by Universal House of Justice (2011). Two Ridvan messages, one letter to the Counsellors, and two shorter letters. [about]
  18. Four-Year Plan, 1995-1999: Messages to the Bahá'ís of the World, by Universal House of Justice (1995). Message to the Baha'is of the world. [about]
  19. Hands of the Cause of God, by Universal House of Justice and Lilian Ala'i, in Bahá'í World, Vol. 18 (1979-1983) (1986). Six documents from Baha'i World 18 part four section 2: The Hands of the Cause of God and their functions, their work and travels 1979-1983, Boards of Counsellors and the International Teaching Centre, and tributes by Lilian Ala'i and Ray Hudson. [about]
  20. Individual Rights and Freedoms, by Universal House of Justice (1988). An important and often-quoted letter about rights and freedom of expression in the Bahá'í community, as contrasted with those in American civil society. [about]
  21. Infallibility of the Guardianship and of the Universal House of Justice, by Universal House of Justice (1977). Distinction between the interpretive spheres of the Guardian versus the Universal House of Justice. [about]
  22. Institution of the Counsellors, by Universal House of Justice (2001). Detailed discussion of the history and function of the highest level of the "Institution of the Learned." [about]
  23. Institution of the Counsellors: Letter to the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors, by Universal House of Justice (2001). On launching the Five-Year Plan. [about]
  24. Institution of the Counsellors: Message to the Bahá'ís of the World, by Universal House of Justice (2001). [about]
  25. Institution of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkár, The, by Universal House of Justice and Horace Holley, in Bahá'í World, Vol. 18 (1979-1983) (1986). Five documents from Baha'i World 18 part four section 5: Institution of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar, its spiritual significance, the temple on the Indian sub-continent, the Lotus of Bahapur, and the first Mashriqu'l-Adhkar of the Pacific Islands. [about]
  26. Laws from the Kitab-i-Aqdas Not Yet Binding, by Universal House of Justice (1974). Which laws of the Kitab-i-Aqdas are and are not currently (as of 1974) binding upon Western believers. [about]
  27. Learning to Respond to Emerging New Realities: Messages from the Universal House of Justice, by Universal House of Justice (2006). Two letters to the US NSA dealing with expansion and administration, and a document prepared by the International Teaching Centre, "Impact of Growth on Administration Processes." [about]
  28. Letter to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, May 19 1994, by Universal House of Justice (1994). A lengthy response inspired by the US community's 1994 "Vision in Action" initiative, addressing the slowness of the growth of the Faith in America and the impact of negative trends in American society on the nation's Baha'i community. [about]
  29. Letter to the World's Religious Leaders, by Universal House of Justice (2002). On historic challenges that leaders of religion must respond to, if spiritual leadership is to have meaning in the new global society. [about]
  30. Messages from the Universal House of Justice: 1986-2001, by Universal House of Justice (2009). Link to book offsite. [about]
  31. Messages from the Universal House of Justice 1963-1986: Third Epoch of the Formative Age, by Universal House of Justice (1996). [about]
  32. Messages from the Universal House of Justice 1963-86, by Universal House of Justice (1996). [about]
  33. Messages from the Universal House of Justice 1968-1973, by Universal House of Justice (1976). [about]
  34. Ministry of the Custodians: An Account of the Stewardship of the Hands of the Cause 1957-1963, by Universal House of Justice. Account of the stewardship of the Hands of the Cause of God from 1957-63, from the passing of Shoghi Effendi to the election of the House, riding the waves of crisis to the moment of victory — the fulfillment of prophecy. [about]
  35. Naw-Rúz 2009: Bahá'í Era 166, by Universal House of Justice (2009). A message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  36. One Common Faith, by Universal House of Justice (2005). Review of relevant passages from both the writings of Bahá'u'lláh and the scriptures of other faiths against the background of contemporary crises. [about]
  37. One-Year Plan, 2000: Introductory Letter, by Universal House of Justice (1999). Introduction to the "Twelve-Month Plan." [about]
  38. Promise of World Peace, by Universal House of Justice (1985). A document distributed to many politicians and prominent individuals since its writing in 1985, it was the first official public statement made by the Universal House of Justice since its inception in 1963. [about]
  39. Ridván 1964: Bahá'í Era 121, by Universal House of Justice (1964). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  40. Ridván 1965: Bahá'í Era 122, by Universal House of Justice (1965). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  41. Ridván 1966: Bahá'í Era 123, by Universal House of Justice (1966). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  42. Ridván 1967: Bahá'í Era 124, by Universal House of Justice (1967). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  43. Ridvan 1968: Bahá'í Era 125, by Universal House of Justice (1968). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  44. Ridván 1969: Bahá'í Era 126, by Universal House of Justice (1969). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  45. Ridván 1970: Bahá'í Era 127, by Universal House of Justice (1970). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  46. Ridván 1971: Bahá'í Era 128, by Universal House of Justice (1971). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  47. Ridván 1972: Bahá'í Era 129, by Universal House of Justice (1972). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  48. Ridván 1973: Bahá'í Era 130, by Universal House of Justice (1973). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  49. Ridvan 1974 (Naw-Rúz): Bahá'í Era 131, by Universal House of Justice (1974). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  50. Ridvan 1975: Bahá'í Era 132, by Universal House of Justice (1975). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  51. Ridvan 1976 (Naw-Rúz): Bahá'í Era 133, by Universal House of Justice (1976). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  52. Ridván 1977: Bahá'í Era 134, by Universal House of Justice (1977). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  53. Ridvan 1978: Bahá'í Era 135, by Universal House of Justice (1978). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world, and message to the friends gathered at National Bahá'í Conventions. [about]
  54. Ridvan 1979 (Naw-Rúz): Bahá'í Era 136, by Universal House of Justice (1979). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world, on the launching of the Seven Year Plan and elucidation of the Seven Year Plan goals. [about]
  55. Ridvan 1980: Bahá'í Era 137, by Universal House of Justice (1980). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  56. Ridvan 1981: Bahá'í Era 138, by Universal House of Justice (1981). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  57. Ridván 1982: Bahá'í Era 139, by Universal House of Justice (1982). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  58. Ridván 1983: Bahá'í Era 140, by Universal House of Justice (1983). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  59. Ridván 1984: Bahá'í Era 141, by Universal House of Justice (1984). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  60. Ridván 1985: Bahá'í Era 142, by Universal House of Justice (1985). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  61. Ridván 1986: Bahá'í Era 143, by Universal House of Justice (1986). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  62. Ridván 1987: Bahá'í Era 144, by Universal House of Justice (1987). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  63. Ridván 1988: Bahá'í Era 145, by Universal House of Justice (1988). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  64. Ridvan 1989: Bahá'í Era 146, by Universal House of Justice (1989). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  65. Ridvan 1990: Bahá'í Era 147, by Universal House of Justice (1990). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  66. Ridvan 1991: Bahá'í Era 148, by Universal House of Justice (1991). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  67. Ridván 1992: Bahá'í Era 149, by Universal House of Justice (1992). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  68. Ridván 1993: Bahá'í Era 150, by Universal House of Justice (1993). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  69. Ridván 1994: Bahá'í Era 151, by Universal House of Justice (1994). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  70. Ridván 1995: Bahá'í Era 152, by Universal House of Justice (1995). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  71. Ridván 1996 (Four Year Plan): Bahá'í Era 153, by Universal House of Justice (1996). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  72. Ridván 1996 (Four Year Plan): Message to the Counsellors, by Universal House of Justice (1995). Letter to the Counsellors, preceding the annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  73. Ridván 1996 (Four Year Plan) - To the Followers of Bahá'u'lláh (in Australia and the Pacific): Bahá'í Era 153, by Universal House of Justice (1996). Country-specific portion of the annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world: South Pacific. [about]
  74. Ridván 1996 (Four Year Plan) - To the Followers of Bahá'u'lláh in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam: Bahá'í Era 153, by Universal House of Justice (1996). Country-specific portion of the annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world: East Asia. [about]
  75. Ridván 1996 (Four Year Plan) - To the Followers of Bahá'u'lláh in North America: Alaska, Canada, Greenland and the United States: Bahá'í Era 153, by Universal House of Justice (1996). Country-specific portion of the annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world: North America. [about]
  76. Ridván 1996 (Four Year Plan) - To the Followers of Bahá'u'lláh in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka: Bahá'í Era 153, by Universal House of Justice (1996). Country-specific portion of the annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world: South-east Asia. [about]
  77. Ridván 1996 (Four Year Plan) - To the Followers of Bahá'u'lláh in Western and Central Asia: Bahá'í Era 153, by Universal House of Justice (1996). Country-specific portion of the annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world: Asia. [about]
  78. Ridván 1996 (Four Year Plan) - To the Followers of Bahá'u'lláh (in Latin America and the Caribbean): Bahá'í Era 153, by Universal House of Justice (1996). Country-specific portion of the annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world: South America. [about]
  79. Ridván 1996 (Four Year Plan) - To the Followers of Bahá'u'lláh in Africa: Bahá'í Era 153, by Universal House of Justice (1996). Country-specific portion of the annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world: Africa. [about]
  80. Ridván 1996 (Four Year Plan) - To the Followers of Bahá'u'lláh in Europe: Bahá'í Era 153, by Universal House of Justice (1996). Country-specific portion of the annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world: Europe. [about]
  81. Ridván 1997: Bahá'í Era 154, by Universal House of Justice (1997). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  82. Ridván 1998: Bahá'í Era 155, by Universal House of Justice (1998). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  83. Ridván 1999: Bahá'í Era 156, by Universal House of Justice (1999). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  84. Ridván 2000: Bahá'í Era 157, by Universal House of Justice (2000). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  85. Ridvan 2001: Bahá'í Era 158, by Universal House of Justice (2001). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  86. Ridvan 2002: Bahá'í Era 159, by Universal House of Justice (2002). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  87. Ridván 2003: Bahá'í Era 160, by Universal House of Justice (2003). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  88. Ridvan 2004: Bahá'í Era 161, by Universal House of Justice (2004). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  89. Ridvan 2005: Bahá'í Era 162, by Universal House of Justice (2007). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  90. Ridvan 2006: Bahá'í Era 163, by Universal House of Justice (2006). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  91. Ridván 2007: Bahá'í Era 164, by Universal House of Justice (2007). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  92. Ridvan 2008: Bahá'í Era 165, by Universal House of Justice (2008). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  93. Ridván 2009: Bahá'í Era 166, by Universal House of Justice (2009). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  94. Ridván 2010: Bahá'í Era 167, by Universal House of Justice (2010). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  95. Ridván 2011: Bahá'í Era 168, by Universal House of Justice (2011). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  96. Ridván 2012: Bahá'í Era 169, by Universal House of Justice (2012). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  97. Ridvan 2013: Bahá'í Era 170, by Universal House of Justice (2013). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world. [about]
  98. Six-Year Plan, 1986, by Universal House of Justice (1986). Outline of Baha'i goals for 1986-1992, and collection of letters from the House. [about]
  99. Turning Point: Selected Messages of the Universal House of Justice and Supplementary Material 1996–2006, by Universal House of Justice (2006). Forty-three letters, plans, and documents covering the Four-Year Plan of 1996-2000. [about]
  100. Unassailable Foundation of the Cause of God: Questions about the Universal House of Justice, by Universal House of Justice (1965). Why were steps taken to elect a Universal House of Justice with the foreknowledge that there would be no Guardian? Was the time ripe for such an action? Could not the International Baha'i Council have carried on the work? [about]
  101. Wellspring of Guidance: Messages of the Universal House of Justice 1963-68, by Universal House of Justice, First Revised Edition (1969). Collection of letters from the first years after the creation of the Universal House of Justice. [about]
  102. Wider Horizon: Selected Messages of the Universal House of Justice 1983-1992, by Universal House of Justice (1992). [about]
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