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|1926. 28 Oct
||One again Louise Gregory embarked from Boston to Liverpool on the SS Winifredian of the Leyland Line where she arrived on the 28th of October. After spending some time in Liverpool and York she stayed for a while in Bruessels and then went to Graz in Austria where she reconnected with the active Bahá'í group there. Her next stop was Vienna and then on to her destination, Budapest.
In the spring of 1927 she went to Sofia, Bulgaria.where Martha Root had visited for 12 days in February.
In June of 1927 Louise returned to New York in the United States from Boulongne-sur-Mer, France. During this trip she had visited Liverpool, York and London in England, Brussels in Belgium, Graz and Vienna in Austria, Budapest, Hungary and Sofia in Bulgaria. [SYH140-145, 240]
|Liverpool; United Kingdom; Brussels; Belgium; Graz; Austria; Vienna; Austria; Budapest; Hungary; Sofia; Bulgaria
||Louise Gregory; Teaching
|1946 (In the year)
||In the second Seven Year Plan from 1946 to 1952, the American Bahá'í community was given the responsibility of working for the establishment of bahá'í communities in several european countries. A European Teaching Committee, which was responsible to the North American National Spiritual Assembly, was set up in Geneva in 1946. Its task was to coordinate the pioneer activities in ten European goal countries; Denmark, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Portugal. [SBBR14p239]
The Committee was chaired by Edna True. [SBBR14p241]
Of the pioneers that arrived during this period, Dagmar Dole (stayed 1947 to 1951)) and Eleanor Hollibaugh (stayed May 1947 to October 1948 and March 1950 to October 1950) had the most influence on the growth of the community. [SBBR14p239-243]
As of 1946 Geresina Campani of Florence was the only known Bahá’í in Italy. In her letter, published in part in Bahá'í News she wrote of the hardship due to the devastation caused by the Allied bombing.
||Denmark; Norway; Sweden; Netherlands; Belgium; Luxembourg; Geneva; Switzerland; Italy; Spain; Portugal
||European Teaching Committee; Edna True; Geresina Campani
||Léa Nys became a Bahá’í in Belgium, the first Belgian to accept the Faith after World War Two.
She is considered the first Belgian Bahá’í. She served in the first National Spiritual Assembly of Belgium elected in 1962 and served until 1965.
See her “In Memoriam”.
||First Bahais by country or area
||The first local spiritual assembly in Belgium was established in Brussels. [BW11p727]
||Local Spiritual Assembly
|1949 5 – 7 Aug
||The second European Teaching Conference was held in Brussels. [BW11:52]
||Brussels; Belgium; Europe
||Conferences, Teaching; Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, International; Conferences
||The Regional Spiritual Assembly of the Benelux Countries was formed with its seat in Brussels, Belgium. [BW13:274]
Its area of jurisdiction was Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
||Brussels; Belgium; Netherlands; Luxembourg; Benelux
||National Spiritual Assembly, formation
||The National Spiritual Assembly of Belgium was formed. Since 1957 it had come under the jurisdiction of the Regional Spiritual Assembly of the Benelux Countries. [BW13:283]
For picture see BW13:275.
The founding members were: Fernand Gillain, Elsa de Koninck, Lea Nys, Robert Hubar, Shoghi Ghadimi, Benjamin Levy, Adolphe de Couvreur, Louis Hénuzet, and Hasan-Ali Kamran. [Bahaipedia]
||National Spiritual Assembly, formation
|1964 - 1965
||A Bahá’í Publishing Trust for the provision of literature in the French language was established in Brussels. [Riḍván 1965]
|1968 (In the year)
||A Bahá’í Publishing Trust, Maison d ’Edition, for the publication of Bahá’í literature in the French language, was formed at Brussels by the Belgian National Assembly, thus accomplishing a major goal of the Nine Year Plan.
|1969. Jul - Aug
||The European Dawnbreakers’ Show, ‘‘A Plea for One World,” was conceived at a Swiss winter school by four young Baha’is from four countries. The original idea of a singing group blossomed into thirty-two Baha’is from ten countries presenting the message of Baha’u’ll4h through mime, songs, Baha’i scripture, and documented narrations. A total of eighteen performances were given in Holland, Germany, and Belgium. The five-week tour was organized by the Baha’i youth in Europe and supported by the National Spiritual Assembly of Germany [BN No 466 January 1970 p14]
||Holland, Germany; Belgium
||Proclamation; Teaching; Music; Drama
||The International Bahá’í Youth Conference took places at Oteppe-Namur, Belgium, launching a two-year youth campaign for Europe. [BW15:333–4]
For picture see BW15:334.
||Oteppe-Namur; Belgium; Europe
||Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, Youth; Youth
|1985 6 – 9 Jul
||The European Bahá’í Youth Conference was held in Antwerp, Belgium, in July 1985, and was attended by some 1,450 youth from 45 nations. The youth addressed the European Parliament and the Council of Europe in letters which told of their resolve to put into action the International Youth Year themes of ‘Participation, Development and Peace’. The youth spoke of programs in which Bahá’ís were supporting the themes, including human rights education and social and economic development projects. [BW19:301]
For picture see BW19:315.
||Antwerp; Belgium; Europe
||Conferences, Bahai; Conferences, Youth; Conferences, International; Youth; International Youth Year; European Union
||The United Nations Secretary-General designated the Bahá’í International Community and the National Spiritual Assemblies of Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Kenya and Lesotho as Peace Messengers, an honour given to only 300 organizations worldwide for their support of the UN Year of Peace 1986. [BINS173:4]
||New York; United States; Australia; Belgium; Brazil; Kenya; Lesotho
||United Nations; Bahai International Community; International Year of Peace; Peace
|1992. 28 Jul
||The passing of Léa Nys (b. 27 December 1910 in Brussels). She was the first to accept the Faith in Belgium and she served on the first National Spiritual Assembly from 1962 to 1965 and so participated in the election of the first Universal House of Justice. In addition, she served on the Auxiliary Board and represented the Bahá’í International Community at UN conferences. Léa Nys travelled extensively to teach the Cause. [BW In Memoriam p5-8]
|1993 15 Apr
||The passing of Knight of Bahá'u'lláh Stanley Theodore Bagley, (b.2 February, 1912 in Bertrand, Missouri). He had been a pioneer to Belgium, France, Guadeloupe, Martinique, the United States as well as Sicily where he and his family, wife Florence, son Gerry and daughters Susan and Carol, received the Knighthood for their service. [BW93-94p319; BWIM63-65]
||United States; Belgium; France; Guadeloupe; Martinique; Sicily
||Knights of Bahaullah; In Memoriam; Births and deaths; Stanley Bagley
|2007 12 Oct
||The opening of a new office of the Bahá'í International Community in Brussels. The purpose was to strengthen the BIC's ties with the European Union. [BWNS581]
||Bahai International Community; BWNS
|2019. 18 Jun
||About 8,000 people attended the European Development Days conference in Brussels. It was co-organized by World Vision International, ACT Alliance, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Brot für die Welt, EU-CORD Network, and the Bahá'í International Community. The Bahá'í International Community moderated one of the EDD panel discussions called What's religion got to do with it?
The panel discussion can be heard on SoundCloud.
||Bahai International Community; Conference
|2020. 2 Mar
||The Bahá'í International Community-Brussels hosted a conference entitled A Vision for A Society of the Future? A Brainstorming Session on AI. [YouTube; BIC website]
See Uplifting Words for a brief report on the brainstorming session.
||Bahai International Community
|2020. 22 Apr
||The Brussels Office of the Bahá'í International Community launched a quarterly newsletter to share more widely insights emerging from its efforts to contribute to contemporary discourses in Europe.
[BWNS1424; BIC Newsletter]
Click here to subscribe.
||Bahai International Community; Newsletter
|2022. 14 Feb
||The statement The Oneness of Humanity—Implications for the Africa-European Union Partnership was jointly prepared by the Addis Ababa and Brussels Offices of the BIC on the occasion of the 6th African Union (AU)-European Union (EU) Summit held in Brussels.
Solomon Belay of the Addis Ababa Office stated: “The summit offered an opportunity to present EU leaders with key insights emerging from the many conversations of the BIC with government officials, policy makers, faith leaders, and civil society organizations about a range of themes being explored by the BIC in recent years, including global governance, migration, climate change, agriculture, and food security. We will be offering the same perspectives to AU leaders.”
Rachel Bayani of the Brussels Office explained that reshaping international structures and relationships according to the principle of humanity’s oneness is a challenging task that will require effort over generations. “The statement offers a few practical suggestions for moving toward this goal. First is for careful consideration to be given to the impact of European policies on all segments of society in Africa, Europe, and across the world". [BWNS1594]
||Bahai International Community; Solomon Belay; Rachel Bayani; BIC statements
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- Dear Co-worker: Messages from Shoghi Effendi to the Benelux countries, by Shoghi Effendi (2009). Messages from Shoghi Effendi to the Benelux countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg). [about]
- Journal Diary of European Baha'i Travels: April - November 1948, by Charles Mason Remey (1948). A record of Remey's visits across Europe, from England to Germany. Includes coverage of Bahá'í participation in the first U.N. convention on Human Rights, held in Geneva. [about]
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