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1909 Nov Charles Mason Remey and Howard Struven leave the United States on the first Bahá'í teaching trip to circle the globe. [BFA2:348, GPB261]
  • They go to Hawaii, Japan, Shanghai, Singapore and to Burma, India and `Akká. [BFA2:348–50]
Hawaii; Japan; Shanghai; Singapore; Burma; India; `Akká Charles Mason Remey; Howard Struven; travel teaching
1911 A systematic teaching campaign is launched in India with the assistance of two American women and a 19-member teaching council is elected. [BBRSM:194 220]

India; teaching council
1911 3 May Aurelia Bethlen, a Hungarian who had come to the United States in 1892 and had become a Bahá'í in New York City about 1905-6, departs from San Francisco on the first around the world teaching trip undertaken by a Bahá'í woman. [BFA2:351–3] San Francisco; Hungary Aurelia Bethlen; travel teaching
1913 14 Oct Daniel Jenkyn, from England, makes a two-week trip through the Netherlands, the first time a Bahá'í journeys to the country to teach the Faith. [SBR43–4] Netherlands Daniel Jenkyn; travel teaching
1914 Hippolyte Dreyfus and Laura Barney travel around the world teaching the Faith. [BFA2:353]

Hippolyte Dreyfus; Laura Barney; travel teaching; The Great War
1937 Ridván The First Seven Year Plan is launched in North America. [BBD180; BBRSM158; BW7:17–18; MA9]
  • For the role of individuals, local spiritual assemblies and the National Spiritual Assembly see MA11–12.
  • The Plan calls for:
  • the completion of the exterior of the Wilmette Temple. BW7:17–18; PP385]
  • the establishment of a local spiritual assembly in each state and province of the United States and Canada. [PP385]
  • the establishment of a centre in each of the republics of Latin America. [PP385]
America First Seven Year Plan; NSA; LSA; Wilmette Temple; Mashriqu'l-Adhkar; Teaching Plans
1938 William DeForge becomes the first Bahá’í to visit the Dominican Republic. He has made a one-day trip from Puerto Rico. Dominican Republic William DeForge; travel teaching find reference
1938 Ridván The National Spiritual Assembly of India, (Pakistan) and Burma launched a Six Year Plan (1838-1944). [Ruhi 8.2 p46, BBRSM158]
  • Lack of funds prevent the plan from being implemented until 1940. [SBBH2:160]
India; Pakistan; Burma Teaching Plans; Six Year Plan
1944 Ridván The Bahá'ís of the British Isles launched a Six Year Plan (1944-1950). [Ruhi 8.2 p46] Britain; Teaching Plans; Six Year Plan
1946 20 - 25 Jan The first teaching conference in Latin America is held in Panama City on the instructions of Shoghi Effendi. Panama; Panama City; Teaching Conference
1946 Ridán India and Burma launch a Four and One-Half Year Plan. (1946-1951) [Ruhi 8.2 p46] India; Burma Teaching Plans; Four and one-half year plan
1946 21 Apr The Second Seven Year Plan of the United States and Canada (1946-1953) is launched. [BBR180; BBRSM158, 185; MA87-89, MA89]
  • This marks the beginning of the second epoch of the Formative Age. [CB316; CF5–6]
  • For details of the plan see BW16:81–2.
America Second Seven Year Plan; Formative Age; Teaching Plans
1946 Oct The Bahá'ís of Iran launch a Forty-five Month Plan (1946 Oct-1949 Jul) The plan calls for goals in three adjoining countries. Every province has specific assignments. The Bahá'ís of Tehran are called upon to raise up fifty families as pioneers and one hundred and sixty answer the call over the duration of the plan. [Ruhi 8.2 p46]

Concurrent with the Forty-Five Month Plan Iran launches a Women's Plan.

Iran Teaching Plans; Forty-five Month Plan; Women's Plan
1946 Oct A four-and-a-half year teaching plan for India, Pakistan and Burma (1946–50) is launched. [BBRSM158; CB316] India four-and-a-half year teaching plan
1946 Oct 11 A 45-month teaching plan (1946–53) for Iran is launched (ending on July 9th, 1950). [BBRSM158; CB316]
  • The objectives of the plan included;

    1 Consolidation of all local Bahá'í communities.

    2. Reestablishment of 62 dissolved Assemblies. (93 LSAs formed)

    3. Formation of 22 groups.(37 established)

    4. Creation of 13 new centres. (24 localities established)

    5. Development of Assemblies from groups located in Kabul, Afghanistan, Mecca, Arabia and Bahrein Island, Persian Gulf.

    6. Sending pioneers to India and 'Iráq to assist in the formation of new groups.

    The Bahá'ís of Tehran were called upon to send out 50 families into the pioneer field. (160 arose) Every individual Bahá'í was included in the operation of the Plan-as a volunteer, by deputizing a pioneer, by contributing funds, by circuit teaching or by providing hospitality to students whose parents had become pioneers. [The Baháʾí World 11, pp. 34-36]

Iran 45-month teaching plan
1947 The first Chilean Teaching Conference is held in Santiago. Santiago Chilean Teaching Conference; Conference
1947 The Iraqi teaching plan (1947–50), comprising internal goals only, is launched. [BBRSM158] Iraq teaching plan
1947 The Australian-New Zealand teaching plan (1947–53), comprising internal goals only, is launched. [BBRSM158] Australia; New Zealand teaching plan
1947 Ridván The Bahá'ís of Iraq launch a Three Year Plan (1947-1950). [Ruhi 8.2 p46] Iraq Teaching Plans; Three Year Plan
1947 Ridván The National Spiritual Assembly of Australia and New Zealand launch a Six Year Plan (1947-1953). [Ruhi 8.2 p46] Australia; New Zealand; Teaching Plans; Six Year Plan
1948 The Canadian teaching plan (1948–53) is launched, the objective being to expand the Faith into Newfoundland and Greenland. [BBRSM158] Canada teaching plan
1948 The Germano-Austrian teaching plan (1948–53), comprising internal goals only, is launched. [BBRSM158] Germany; Austria teaching plan
1948 Ridván The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Egypt and Sudan launch a Five Year Plan (1948-1953). [Ruhi 8.2 p46, BBRSM158] Egypt; Sudan Teaching Plans; Five Year Plan
1948 Ridván The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Germany and Austria launch a Five Year Plan (1948-1953). [Ruhi 8.2 p46] Germany; Austria; Teaching Plans; Five Year Plan
1948 Ridván The newly formed National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Canada launch a Five Year Plan (1948-1953). [Ruhi 8.2 p46] Canada; Teaching Plans; Five Year Plan
1951 The Nineteen-Month Teaching Plan (1951–3) for India, Pakistan and Burma is launched. [BBRSM158; DND148–50] India; Pakistan; Burma Nineteen-Month Teaching Plan
1951 Ridván The Bahá'ís of the British Isles launched a Two Year Plan (1951-1953). [Ruhi 8.2 p46] Britain Teaching Plans; Two Year Plan
1951 Ridván The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of India, Pakistan and Burma launch the Two Year Plan (1951-1953). [Ruhi 8.2 p46] India; Pakistan; Burma Teaching Plans; Two Year Plan
1951 Ridván Several National Spiritual Assemblies-Britain, Egypt, India, Iran and the United States, join forces in their first collaborative teaching effort called the Africa Campaign (1951-1953). [Ruhi 8.2 p46, BBRSM158, MBW135-140]
  • See also UD261 for the significance of the Africa Campaign.
Britain; Egypt; India; Iran; USA Teaching Plans; Africa Campaign
1952 Ridván The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Central America launch a One Year Plan (1952-1953). [Ruhi 8.2 p46] Central America Teaching Plans; One Year Plan
1953 12–18 Feb The first Intercontinental Teaching Conference is convened by the British National Spiritual Assembly in Kampala, Uganda. [BW12:121, MBW135-140]
  • For Shoghi Effendi’s message to the conference see BW12:121–4.
  • For a report of the conference see BW12:124–30.
  • It is attended by ten Hands of the Cause, Bahá’ís from 19 countries and representatives of over 30 tribes. [PP413]
  • Over a hundred new African believers attend as personal guests of the Guardian. [PP413]
  • With this conference the Ten Year World Crusade is launched. [BBRSM158–9; BW12:253; MBW41]
Kampala; Uganda Hand of the Cause; Guardian; Ten Year World Crusade; Intercontinental Teaching Conference; Conference
1953 Ridván The Ten Year Crusade (1953-1963) is launched. See MBW151-156, MBW151 Also see Ali Nakhjavani's paper for The 22nd Hasan M. Balyuzi Memorial Lecture entitled The Ten Year Crusade.

The four primary goals of the plan were outlined as follows:

  • the development of institutions at the World Centre
  • consolidation of the twelve countries where the Faith was well established
  • consolidation of all other territories already open
  • the opening of the remaining "chief virgin territories" around the globe (131)

“…Sometimes people strive all their lives to render outstanding service. Here is the time and opportunity to render historic services; in fact the most unique in history, aiding in the fulfillment of Daniel’s Prophecies of the Last Day, and the 1335 days, when men are to be blessed by the Glory of the Lord, covering the entire globe—which is the real goal of the Ten Year Crusade. [DG54-55]

To those Bahá’ís who arose to open new territories to the Faith during the Ten Year Crusade, the title 'Knight of Bahá’u’lláh' was given. In 1992, the Roll of Honour containing the names of all the Knights of Bahá’u’lláh was deposited beneath the entrance door to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh.

A map of goals for the Ten Year World Crusade by Shoghi Effendi can be found in Bahá'í World, Vol. 12 (April 1950-1954). Electronic versions, in both medium and large format can be found here.

The achievements of the Ten Year Crusade were celebrated at the Most Great Jubilee in April and May 1963, which commemorated the Centenary of the Declaration of Baha’u’llah’s Mission. Two historic events transpired during that time: the International Convention, convened in Haifa, Israel, to elect the first Universal House of Justice; and the World Congress held in London, England.

  • See The Journal of Bahá'í Studies Vol 14, no. 3-4, 2004 for the essay The Ten Year Crusadeby Ali Nakhjavani.
Ten Year Crusade; Teaching Plans
1953 3 – 6 May The All-America Intercontinental Teaching Conference is held in Chicago. [BW12:133]
  • For the texts of Shoghi Effendi’s messages to the conference see BW12:133–41 and MBW142–6.
  • Twelve Hands of the Cause are present. [BW12:143]
  • At the conference, five members of the National Spiritual Assembly of the United States resign from that body in order to go pioneering: Elsie Austin, Dorothy Baker, Matthew Bullock, Mamie Seto and Dr William Kenneth Christian. [ZK102]
  • Extract from the cecond message to All-American Intercontinental Conference from Shoghi Effendi... [MBW150]
    .....the lands contributed in Latin America for a similar purpose approximate one-half of a million square meters, ninety thousand of which have been set aside near Santiago, Chile, for the first Mashriqu’l-Adhkár of South America..
Chicago; US All-America Intercontinental Teaching Conference; Hand of the Cause; pioneer; Elsie Austin; Dorothy Baker’ Matthew Bullock; Mamie Seto; Dr William Kenneth Christian; Intercontinental Teaching Conference; Conference; Baha'i House of Worship; Mother Temple of South America; Continental Mashriqu’l-Adhkar; Mashriqu'l-Adhkar
1953 21 – 26 Jul The European Intercontinental Teaching Conference is held in Stockholm. [BW12:167]
  • For Shoghi Effendi’s message to the conference see BW12:167–71.
  • For a report of the conference see BW12:171–8.
  • Fourteen Hands of the Cause are present. [BW12:171]
  • 374 Bahá’ís from 30 countries attend, of these 110 come from the ten goal countries. [BW12:171]
Stockholm; Sweden European Intercontinental Teaching Conference; Hand of the Cause; Intercontinental Teaching Conference; conference
1953 2 Aug Fred Schechter, an American, arrives in Djibouti and is named a Knight of Bahá’u’lláh for French Somaliland. [BW13:451]
  • Mr Schechter went on to pioneers to several Latin American countries, he spent thirteen year on the Continental Board of Councillors for the Americas and served on the International Teaching Centre. He passed away on 27 January 2017 in California, U.S.A. He was 89 years old. [BWNS1149]
Djibouti; French Somaliland Fred Schechter; Knight of Baha’u’llah; Continental Board of Councillors; International Teaching Centre; In Memoriam
1953 7 – 15 Oct The Asian Intercontinental Teaching Conference is held in New Delhi. [BW12:178]
  • For Shoghi Effendi’s message to the conference see BW12:178–81.
  • For a report of the conference see BW12:181–8.
  • This is the first international Bahá’í gathering ever to be held in the East. [BW12:181; SBR171]
  • It is attended by 489 Bahá’ís representing 31 countries. [BW 12:181]
  • The design for the International Bahá’í Archives is revealed to the Bahá’ís of the world for the first time at this conference. [DH168]
New Delhi; India Asian Intercontinental Teaching Conference; International Baha’i Archives; Intercontinental Teaching Conference; conference
1955. 23 - 25 Sep International Teaching Conference held in Nikko, Japan. [Japan Will Turn Ablaze p87, 97] Nikko; Japan International Teaching Conference
1956 11 - 12 Nov First All-Taiwan Teaching Conference held in Tainan, Taiwan. Tainan; Taiwan Teaching Conference find reference
1962 autumn A property is acquired outside of Gwalior, India, for a teaching institute. [DM192]
  • The institute is later converted into a boarding hostel solely for Indian children and still later into the ‘Rabbani School’, now an accredited agricultural school. [DM192–3; VV82]
Gwalior; India teaching institute
1964 Ridván The Nine Year Plan (1964-1974) is launched. [BBRSM159; BW14:101; VV1; WG22–7]
  • This marks the beginning of the second epoch of Abdu’l-Bahá’s Divine Plan. [AWH178]
  • For letter of the Universal House of Justice announcing the Plan see BW14:102–4.
  • For an analysis of the details of the national plans sent to 69 national spiritual assemblies see BW14:104–23.
Nine Year Plan; Teaching Plans
1969 Aug The first 12 new Bahá’ís enrol on Union Island in the Grenadines during a visit of Patricia Paccassi and her daughter Judith. Union Island; Grenadines Patricia Paccassi; Judith Paccassi; travel teaching
1971 16 Oct The inauguration of Shahyad Tower ("King's Memorial Tower") in Tehran. The tower was built in honour of the shah on the occasion of the commemoration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire and has become an iconic symbol of the city of Tehran. It has been described as being a tower, an arch, a gate and an obelisk in one and is 50 meters (164 ft) tall and completely clad in some eight thousand blocks of cut marble from Isfahan Province. The main financing was provided by a group of five hundred Iranian industrialists.

After the Revolution in 1979 it was renamed The Azadi Tower (Liberty Tower) and was, in turn, the gathering place of the "rebels" in 1979 and for those protesting the results of the election in 2009.

The architect, Hossein Amanat was only 24 years old and a recent graduate when he won the competition for the project. In addition to having a remarkable career in designing buildings for commercial, educational and residential use, he is the architect for such Bahá'í projects as the Universal House of Justice Building, the Centre for the Study of the Holy Texts, the International Teaching Centre and the Mashriqu’l-Adhka in Samoa. He left Iran in 1978 and took up residence in Vancouver in 1980. [Hossein Amanat website]

Tehran; Hossein Amanat; Continental Mashriqu’l-Adhkar; Mashriqu’l-Adhkar; Azadi Tower; Shahyad Tower; Universal House of Justice Building; the Centre for the Study of the Holy Texts; the International Teaching Centre; Samoa; Apia
1973 Ridván The Nine Year Plan is successfully completed. [BW16:131]
  • For the growth of the Bahá’í Faith in this period see BW16:130.
  • Also see The Nine Year Plan, 1964-1973: Statistical Report, Ridván 1973 by the Universal House of Justice.
Nine Year Plan; Teaching Plans
1974 The National Spiritual Assembly of the Leeward and Virgin Islands holds its first annual National Teaching Conference. [BW16:187] Leeward and Virgin Islands Teaching Conference
1974 21 Mar In its Naw-Rúz Message the Universal House of Justice announced that there would be eight International Teaching Conferences will be held during the middle part of the Five Year Plan; two for the Arctic, one in Anchorage and one in Helsinki during July 1976, one in Paris in August 1976, one in Nairobi in October 1976, one in Hong Kong in November 1976, one in Auckland and one in Bahia, Brazil in January 1977 and one in Mérida, Mexico in February 1977. The theme of these conferences was the urgent need for the Bahá'ís to ARISE to teach the Cause of Bahá'u'lláh. (Arise-Reach-Individual-Souls-Everywhere). 14,500 Bahá'ís attended. [Naw-Rúz 1974.] BWC International Teaching Conference
1974 Ridván The Universal House of Justice launches the Five Year Plan (1974-1979). [BBD181; BBRSM159; BW16:107; VV17]
  • For the message of the Universal House of Justice setting out the broad objectives of the Plan see BW16:107–9.
  • For details of the national plans see BW16:111–29.
Five Year Plan; Teaching Plans
1975 Feb The first National Teaching Conference in Sierra Leone takes place in Bo. [BW16:172] Bo; Sierra Leone National Teaching Conference
1975 Dec The first National Teaching Conference to be held in Senegal takes place in Dakar. [BW16:175] Dakar; Senegal National Teaching Conference
1976 5 – 8 Jul An International Teaching Conference is held in Helsinki, Finland, attended by some 950 Bahá’ís. [BW17:81; VV33]
  • For the message of the Universal House of Justice see BW17:129–30.
  • For pictures see BW17:109, 112, 114–15.
Helsinki; Finland International Teaching Conference; Conference
1976 23 – 25 Jul An International Teaching Conference is held in Anchorage, Alaska, attended by 1,005 Bahá’ís. [BW17:81]
  • For the message of the Universal House of Justice see BW17:130–1.
  • For pictures see BW17:110, 113, 116–17.
Anchorage; Alaska International Teaching Conference; Conference
1976 3 – 6 Aug An International Teaching Conference is held in Paris, attended by some 5,700 Bahá’ís. [BW17:81; DM416; VV33]
  • For the message of the Universal House of Justice see BW17:131–2.
  • For the message of Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General of the United Nations, see BW17:140.
  • For pictures see BW17:109, 117–19.
Paris; France Kurt Waldheim; United Nations; International Teaching Conference; Conference
1976 15 – 17 Oct An International Teaching Conference is held in Nairobi, Kenya, attended by 1,363 Bahá’ís. [BW17:81; VV33]
  • For the message of the Universal House of Justice see BW17:133–4.
  • For pictures see BW17:110, 119–21.
Nairobi; Kenya International Teaching Conference; Conference
1976 27 – 30 Nov An International Teaching Conference is held in Hong Kong, attended by 506 Bahá’ís. [BW17:81; VV33]
  • For the message of the Universal House of Justice see BW17:135–6.
  • For pictures see BW17:110, 111, 121–2.
Hong Kong International Teaching Conference; Conference
1977 19 – 22 Jan An International Teaching Conference is held in Auckland, New Zealand, attended by 1,195 Bahá’ís. [BW17:81; VV33]
  • For the message of the Universal House of Justice see BW17:136–7.
  • For pictures see BW17:111, 122–4.
Auckland; New Zealand International Teaching Conference; Conference
1977 27 – 30 Jan An International Teaching Conference is held in Bahia, Brazil, attended by 1,300 Bahá’ís, the largest such gathering of Bahá’ís to date in Brazil. [BW17:81; VV33]
  • For the message of the Universal House of Justice see BW17:137–8.
  • For pictures see BW17:110, 124–5.
Bahia; Brazil International Teaching Conference; Conference
1977 4 – 6 Feb An International Teaching Conference is held in Mérida, Mexico, attended by more than 2,000 Bahá’ís. [BW17:81; VV33]
  • For the message of the Universal House of Justice see BW17:139.
  • Three Hands of the Cause were present – Paul Haney, Rahmatu'lláh Muhájir, and Enoch Olinga, as well as Counsellor Florence Mayberry who had been on the first national assembly of Mexico.
  • For pictures see BW17:112, 126–7.
  • VV33 says this was 2–6 Feb.
Mérida; Mexico International Teaching Conference; Conference
1979 Ridván The Seven Year Plan is launched. (1979-1986) [BBD181; BBRSM159; BW17:71] Second Seven Year Plan; Teaching Plans
1984 30 Aug - 2 Sep An International Teaching Conference is held to coincide with the dedication of the House of Worship at Apia, Western Samoa. [BW19:548–54; VV64]
  • For a report of the conference see BW19:548–54.
  • For the message of the Universal House of Justice see BW19:555–6.
  • For pictures see BW19:475, 547–57 and VV64.
Apia; Western Samoa House of Worship; Mashriqu'l-Adhkar; International Teaching Conference; Conference
1985 Annemarie Krüger, who began travelling to Moldavia to teach the Bahá’í Faith in 1974, is named a Knight of Bahá’u’lláh by the Universal House of Justice, although she never lived in the country. Moldavia Annemarie Krüger; Knight of Baha’u’llah; travel teaching
1986 Ridván The Seven Year Plan is successfully completed. (1979-1986) [BW19:23]
  • For a graph showing the growth of the Bahá’í Faith in this period see BW19:23.
  • For statistics on the Bahá’í Faith at this date see BINS155:13 and BW19:61–98, 112–46.
BWC Seven Year Plan; Teaching Plans
1986 Ridván The Six Year Plan (1986-1992) is launched. [AWH40, 42–4; BBRSM159; VV91] BWC Six Year Plan; Teaching Plans
1986. 23 - 27 Dec International Teaching Conference was held in New Delhi in conjunction with the opening of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkár. It was attended by 8,000 Bahá'ís from 114 countries. [BW20p731-753] New Delhi; India International Teaching Conference; Mashriqu'l-Adhkar
1987 31 Aug The Universal House of Justice calls for the erection of the remaining three buildings along the arc at the Bahá’í World Centre—the Centre for the Study of the Sacred Texts, the Seat of the International Teaching Centre and the International Bahá’í Library—as well as an expansion of the International Archives building and the creation of 19 monumental terraces from the foot of Mount Carmel to its crest. [AWH50–4, 90; BBD21; VV96] Mount Carmel Centre for the Study of the Sacred Texts; Seat of the International Teaching Centre; International Bahá’í Library; International Archives building; terraces
1988 More than a thousand people become Bahá’ís in Taiwan as a result of the Muhájir Teaching Project. [BINS187:4] Taiwan Muhajir Teaching Project
1990 10 Jun The Paraguay International Chinese Teaching Symposium, the first of its kind in South America, is held in Asuncion, attended by 80 people from 10 countries. [BINS226:4] Asuncion; Paraguay; South America International Chinese Teaching Symposium
1990 30 Nov - 2 Dec The First National Teaching Conference of the Bahá'ís of Romania was held near Poiana Brasov, in the Carpathian mountains. [CBN Feb 91p14] Poiana Brasov; Romania First National Teaching Conference of the Baha'is of Romania
1991 26 - 27 Jan The first National Teaching Conference of Yugoslavia is held in Belgrade. [BINS243:3] Belgrade; Yugoslavia National Teaching Conference of Yugoslavia
1991 25 – 27 Oct The first National Teaching Conference of Bulgaria is held in Plovdiv. [BINS258:2–3] Plovdiv; Bulgaria National Teaching Conference of Bulgaria
1992 Jan The first teaching conference of Southern Yugoslavia is held, attended by 40 Bahá'ís representing 12 nationalities. [BINS264:8] Yugoslavia teaching conference of Southern Yugoslavia
1992 10 – 11 Jan The first teaching conference of Croatia and Slovenia is held in Kranj. [BINS263:1–2] Kranj Croatia Slovenia teaching conference of Croatia and Slovenia
1992 18 Jun The passing of Counsellor Isobel Sabri, member of the International Teaching Centre in England. She was born in California in 1924. Letter from the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Canada to all Local Spiritual Assemblies date the 16th of October 1992. [VV124] England Counsellor; Isobel Sabri; International Teaching Centre; In Memoriam
1993 Ridván The Three Year Plan (1993-1996) is launched. [VV142]
  • For statistics about the Bahá'í Faith at the beginning of the Plan see BW92–3:311–14 and BW93–4:323–6.
Three Year Plan; statistics; Teaching Plans
1993 23 May The following is a list of Counsellors appointed to the International Teaching Centre for a five-year term: Mr. Kiser Barnes, Mr. Hartmut Grossmann, Mrs. Lauretta King, Mrs. Joan Lincoln, Mr. Shapoor Monadjem, Mr. Donald Rogers, Mr. Fred Schechter, Mrs. Kimiko Schwerin, Mrs. Joy Stevenson. Retiring members were: Mr. Mas'úd Khamsí and Mr. Peter Vuyiya. [From a message from the Universal House of Justice dated the 13th of May, 1993] UHJ; Counsellor; International Teaching Centre; Kiser Barnes; Hartmut Grossmann; Lauretta King; Joan Lincoln; Shapoor Monadjem; Donald Rogers; Fred Schechter; Kimiko Schwerin; Joy Stevenson; Mas'úd Khamsí; Peter Vuyiya
1994 Summer A Maoris teaching team visited British Columbia. The visit was reciprocated by The Journey of Teech-ma, the First Nations Travel Teaching Trip to the South Pacific. See entry for 24 March, 1997. [SDSC370] British Columbia First Nations Travel Teaching Trip to the South Pacific; Maoris Teaching Team
1995 Jan The first National Teaching Conference of Cambodia is held in Phnom Penh, attended by more than 50 Bahá'ís. [BINS334:2] Phnom Penh; Cambodia National Teaching Conference of Cambodia
1995 26 Dec In its message of 26 December 1995 – To the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors the Universal House of Justice announces that it will send separate messages concerning the upcoming the Four Year Plan to different parts of the world and calls for the establishment of Training Institutes as an agency of the National Spiritual Assemblies. The Training Institutes will be charged with developing human resources. BWC Training Institutes; Teaching Plans
1995 Dec 28 – 30 The first teaching conference of Lithuania is held in Vilnius, attended by Bahá'ís from five countries. [BINS355:1] Vilnius; Lithuania teaching conference of Lithuania
1995 31 Dec In a message from the Universal House of Justice addressed – To the Bahá’ís of the World dated 31 December, 1995 the Four Year Plan is announced. BWC Teaching Plans; Four Year Plan
1996 Feb By this date, approximately 1,250 people have enrolled in the Bahá'í Faith in Guinea-Bissau as a result of the Luz Local Teaching Project and the William Sears project. [BINS356:8] Guinea-Bissau Luz Local Teaching Project; William Sears project
1996 Ridván The Four Year Plan (1996-2000) is launched. See The Significance of the Four Year Plan by Andrew Alexander.

The Universal House of Justice sends a Ridván message and Four Year Plan instructions to the Bahá'ís of the World and separate messages to eight regions.

Riḍván 153 – To the Bahá’ís of the World

Riḍván 153 – To the Followers of Bahá’u’lláh in North America: Alaska, Canada, Greenland and the United States

Riḍván 153 – To the Followers of Bahá’u’lláh in Australia, the Cook Islands, the Eastern Caroline Islands, the Fiji Islands, French Polynesia, the Hawaiian Islands, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, the Mariana Islands, the Marshall Islands, New Caledonia and the Loyalty Islands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and the Western Caroline Islands

Riḍván 153 – To the Followers of Bahá’u’lláh in Africa

Riḍván 153 – To the Followers of Bahá’u’lláh in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka

Riḍván 153 – 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

Riḍván 153 – To the Followers of Bahá’u’lláh in Western and Central Asia

Riḍván 153 – To the Followers of Bahá’u’lláh in Europe

Riḍván 153 – To the Followers of Bahá’u’lláh in Latin America and the Caribbean

Four Year Plan; Teaching Plans
1997. 24 Mar - 16 May The nine member First Nations Travel Teaching Trip to the South Pacific, called "The Journey of Teech-ma" consisted of Canadian Bahá'ís from Kwakiutl, Nuu-Cha-Nuth, the Ojibway First Nations, a Yupik Bahá'í from Alaska and three non-Native Canadian friends. They shared their culture and their Faith with the Maori, other New Zealanders, the Aborigines and other Australians as well as the ne-Vanuatu peoples. See entry for 1994 Summer. [SDSC370] New Zealand; Australia; Vanuatu; First Nations Travel Teaching Trip to the South Pacific; The Journey of Teech-ma; Kwakiutl; Nuu-Cha-Nuth; Ojibway First Nations; Yupik
2000 Ridván The launch of the Twelve Month Plan (2000-2001). [Message from the Universal House of Justice 26 November, 1999] Twelve Month Plan; Teaching Plans
2001 8 - 17 Jan Inauguration of the International Teaching Centre Building. BWC; International Teaching Centre Building
2001 9 - 13 Jan The Counsellors in all continents met at the World Centre to take part in deliberations on the general features of the Five Year Plan. They were joined by the Auxiliary Board members (849 from 172 countries) who gathered from throughout the world to participate in events marking the occupation by the International Teaching Centre of its permanent seat on Mount Carmel. [From a message from the Universal House of Justice dated the 29th of October, 2000 and the16th of January, 2001] Haifa; BWC Counsellor; Five Year Plan; Auxiliary Board; International Teaching Centre
2001 14 – 16 Jan The inauguration of the International Teaching Centre Building at the World Centre with the meeting of the Institution of the Counsellors. Board members arriving from 172 countries attended. Construction of the International Teaching Centre Building began in 1987 and was completed in October 2000. [BWNS131] BWC International Teaching Centre
2001 Ridván The launch of the First Five Year Plan (2001-2006). First Five Year Plan; Teaching Plans
2004 19 Apr The passing of Mr Aziz Ismayn Yazdi in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 94. Aziz Yazdi lived in Egypt, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Great Britain, Uganda, Kenya, Israel, and finally Canada. In 1968 he was appointed to the Continental Board of Counsellors in Central and East Africa and was an inaugural member of the International Teaching Centre in Haifa. [BWNS297, BW'03-‘04pg239] Vancouver; BC; Egypt; Syria; Iran; Iraq; United Kingdom; Uganda; Kenya; Israel Mr Aziz Ismayn Yazdi; Continental Board of Counsellors in Central and East Africa; International Teaching Centre
2006 Ridván The launch of the Second Five Year Plan (2006-2011). Second Five Year Plan; Teaching Plans
2011 Ridván The launch of the Third Five Year Plan (2011-2016). 28 December 2010 – To the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors Third Five Year Plan; Teaching Plans
2016 Ridván The launch of the Fourth Five Year Plan (2016-2021).
  • The principle goals of the Plan are to “seek to raise the number of clusters where a programme of growth has become intensive to 5,000 by Riḍván 2021” and to add “several hundred more” to some two hundred clusters that have already advanced beyond the third milestone. [Message dated 29 December 2015 from the Universal House of Justice to the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors.

    Other messages related to the Plan are:

  • 2 January 2016 – To the Bahá’ís of the World
  • 26 March 2016 – To the Bahá’ís of the World acting under the Mandate of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
  • 26 March 2016 – To the chosen recipients of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Tablets of the Divine Plan, the Bahá’ís of the United States and the Bahá’ís of Canada
  • Riḍván 2016 – To the Bahá’ís of the World
Fourth Five Year Plan; Teaching Plans
2016 7 May The passing of Jenabe Esslemont Caldwell, 89 in Wailuku, Hawaii. (b. August 7, 1926 in Butte, Montana). He and his wife Elaine were named Knights of Bahá’u’lláh for pioneering to the Aleutian Islands in July, 1953 where they started a king crab and salmon cannery. They sponsored the Bahá’í­ singing group Windflower that toured Europe, including the United Kingdom, in the 1980s. He was the author of the books: The Story of the Bab & Baha'u'llah,From Night to Knight, Follow the Instructions and Reflections. He is well-known for his mass teaching successes. [Bahaikipedia] Butte; Montana; Aleutian Islands; Wailuku; Hawaii. Jenable Caldwell; Elaine Caldwell; Knight of Baha'u'llah; Aleutian Islands; Windflower; From Night to Knight; Follow the Instructions; Reflections; The Story of the Bab & Baha'u'llah; mass teaching

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  1. 'Abdu'l-Bahá's Explanation of the Teachings of Bahá'u'lláh Tablets and Talks Translated into English (1911-1920), by Peter Terry, in Lights of Irfan, Book 1 (2000). [about]
  2. Aboriginal and Indigenous People, Teaching Among, by Shoghi Effendi, in Compilation of Compilations, Volume 3 (2000). Importance and scope of the teaching work among the masses of various countries and their aboriginal and indigenous inhabitants. [about]
  3. Arts, Importance of in Promoting the Faith, by Bahá'u'lláh and Abdu'l-Bahá, in Compilation of Compilations, Volume 3 (2000). [about]
  4. Authority of the International Teaching Centre in Expelling Covenant-Breakers, by Universal House of Justice (1998). On the role of the Counsellors and the ITC in protecting the Faith, and the process of expelling a person whose behavior is in conflict with the Covenant. [about]
  5. Bahá'í Faith: Prophecy and Conversion, by Brian J. Mistler (2001). Results of a field study of Baha'is in the United States and Australia which demonstrate that family connections and social teachings are greater incentives to conversion than prophecy is. [about]
  6. Baha'i Faith, The: The Emerging Global Religion, by William S. Hatcher and Douglas Martin (1985). Overview of Baha'i history and teachings, designed as an introductory textbook. Available as an ebook in English or a PDF in Persian. [about]
  7. Because Baha'u'llah said so: Dealing with a non-starter in moral reasoning, by Arash Abizadeh, in Bahá'í Studies Review, 5:1 (1995). Discusses a popular but misleading versus more philosophically responsible approaches to revelation. [about]
  8. Before Abraham Was, I am, by Thornton Chase (1902). Open letter to a new Baha'i summarizing the Baha'i revelation through a Christian perspective. [about]
  9. Building Creative Communities: Approaching the arts as social & economic development through professionalizing, training, and networking internationally, by Robin M. Chandler, in Australian Bahá'í Studies, vol. 2 (2000). On the Global Arts Training Institute, a model for building professionalism in the arts which can be implemented in Bahá’í communities and incorporated into teaching plans to develop the next generation of artists. [about]
  10. Centres of Bahá'í Learning, by Shoghi Effendi and Universal House of Justice, in Compilation of Compilations, Volume 1 (1991). [about]
  11. Course on Teaching Christians about the Bahá'í Faith, by Dianne Bradford (1999). Compilation of quotes from the Baha'i Writings to aid in the teaching of the Faith to Christians, including answers to some questions posed by Christians. [about]
  12. Entry by Troops, Promoting, by Shoghi Effendi and Universal House of Justice, in Compilation of Compilations, Volume 3 (2000). [about]
  13. Epistle to the Son of the Wolf (Lawh-i-Ibn-i-Dhib): Excerpts from Revelation of Baha'u'llah, by Adib Taherzadeh, in The Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh 1877-92, Vol. IV, Mazra'ih & Bahjí (1987). Excerpts from chapters 24-25, compiled for the Wilmette Institute. [about]
  14. Epistle to the Son of the Wolf (Lawh-i-Ibn-i-Dhib): Self-quotations from Baha'u'llah found in Epistle to the Son of the Wolf (1998). Compares Baha'u'llah's self-quotations in the Epistle with their earlier versions. [about]
  15. Exploring Universes of Discourse: The Meeting of the Bahá'í Faith and Traditional Society, by Moojan Momen, in dialogue magazine, 1:4 (1987). To communicate, people need to share not just a common language; there must also be a common framework for understanding, a "universe of discourse." Baha'i pioneers must bridge cultural and linguistic divides when imparting the teachings of the Faith. [about]
  16. Fear of Teaching: A Meditation on Authenticity in Human Relationships, by William S. Hatcher (2008). [about]
  17. In search of Martha Root: An American Bahá'í feminist and peace advocate in the early twentieth century, by Jiling Yang (2007). Early life of Root, her four world teaching trips from 1919 to 1939 with a focus on peace advocacy, and gender and identity reflections on Tahirih. Link to thesis (offsite). [about]
  18. Jamál Effendi and the early history of the Bahá'í Faith in South Asia, by Moojan Momen, in Bahá'í Studies Review, 9 (1999). Includes maps on Jamal Effendi's journeys in India, and journeys in Southeast Asia. [about]
  19. Meaning of Detachment, The, by Phyllis Peterson. Detachment as it relates to women, teaching, the media, and unity. [about]
  20. Moths Turned Eagles: The Spiritual Conquests of Sabri and Raissa Elias, by Gamal Hassan (2008). Introduction of the Baha'i Faith to Ethiopia and Djibouti, and the activities of Gila Bahta. [about]
  21. Objectives and Tasks of Ten-Year Spiritual Global Crusade of the Bahá'í World Faith, by Shoghi Effendi, in Bahá'í World, Vol. 12 (April 1950-1954) (1956). [about]
  22. Ocean of His Utterances, The, by Howard Colby Ives (1963). Unpublished study course in the Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh using the books of Bahá'u'lláh, Abdu'l‑Baha, and Shoghi Effendi, compiled and with commentary by Ives. Not yet formatted. [about]
  23. Pattern of Bahá'í life, The (1948). A compilation of Bahá'í Writings on personal character [about]
  24. Pioneering Over Four Epochs: An Autobiographical Study: Poetry and essays, by Ron Price (1944). Table of Contents for a memoir of six decades of teaching & international travel, an extensive personal account of the experience of a Western Bahai beginning in the 2nd epoch, 1944 to 1963, of the teaching Plans. [about]
  25. Prescription for Living, by Ruhiyyih (Mary Maxwell) Khanum (1950). Thoughts on how to weave a happy individual life and a happy, united, world life: on love and marriage, death, work, habits, sorrow and trial, and the Baha'i teachings. [about]
  26. Prominent People, Teaching, by Shoghi Effendi and Universal House of Justice, in Compilation of Compilations, Volume 2 (1991). [about]
  27. Promoting Entry by Troops: Study Guide, by Robert McClelland (1994). Study guide for the statement by the House and their compilation "Promoting Entry by Troops." [about]
  28. Radio and Television in Teaching, The Use of, by Shoghi Effendi, in Compilation of Compilations, Volume 2 (1991). [about]
  29. Roll of Honor Bahá'í World Crusade 1953-1963, in Bahá'í World, Vol. 20 (1986-1992) (1998). A scroll listing the names of the Knights of Baha'u'llah. [about]
  30. 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]
  31. Study Guide of the Tablet of Maqsúd, by Marco Oliveira (2009). The Tablet of Maqsúd is a good presentation of the principles and teachings of the Bahá’í Faith. Its structure is suitable for a first contact with the Bahá'í Writings. [about]
  32. Teaching the Cause of God: A Two-Edged Sword, by Ali Nakhjavani, in Lights of Irfan, 12 (2011). [about]
  33. Teaching The Masses, by Farzam Arbab. [about]
  34. Unrestrained as the Wind: A Life Dedicated to Bahá'u'lláh (1985). Compilation of quotations on topics of especial interest to Bahá'í youth. [about]
  35. Victory Promises, by Bahá'u'lláh and Abdu'l-Bahá (1978). Promises for success in spreading the Faith. [about]
  36. Virgin countries and territories opened during the first year of the 10 Year Crusade 1953-1954, in Bahá'í World, Vol. 12 (April 1950-1954) (1956). [about]
  37. Virgin Territories Opened by the Knights of Baha'u'llah 1953-1990, in Bahá'í World, Vol. 20 (1986-1992) (1998). List of names and dates of pioneers and the NSAs responsible for opening territories. [about]
  38. Vision of Teaching, by Farzam Arbab. [about]
  39. Windows to the Past, by Darius Shahrokh (1992). Deepening talks on 25 topics about Baha'i history and teachings, downloadable in MP3 audio format and PDF transcripts. [about]
  40. Women Serving as Continental Counselors or in the International Teaching Centre, Percentage of: 1980-2010, by Universal House of Justice (2013). Chart showing the percentage of women serving as members of the Continental Boards of Counsellors from 26 November 1980 — when the number of Boards was fixed at five — until November 2010. [about]
 
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