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Reflections on the First Century of the Formative Age

Author Universal House of Justice (actual author might be, or include, the Research Department or another agency of the House)
Title of item
Reflections on the First Century of the Formative Age
Date of this edition 2023-11-28
Permission Open copyright (see Baha'i Reference Library sharing terms, BIC copyright statement, and uhj_permission_electronic_texts)
Posted 2023-11-28 by Jonah Winters
Classified in Letters from the Universal House of Justice
Abstract Overview of the Faith's developments and activities during the previous century, including the Guardianship, global expansion, community building and development, participation in societal discourse, and construction of the Bahá'í World Centre.
Notes Mirrored from, and online in multiple formats at, Also available with added paragraph numbers and references in PDF and Microsoft Word format, prepared by M. Thomas (2023), and also as Epub on An audio version is available at

See also Study Guides by E. Michot (2023-12) and E. Bayat (2024-01). See also a pie chart overview of the letter's contents.

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