Sunday, April 15, 2012

Commemoration of Abdul-Baha's talk at Church of the Ascension - April 14, 1912

Church of the Ascension
Yesterday we attended a beautiful commemoration to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the first public address Abdu'l-Baha gave in America on April 14, 1912. The Reverend at the Church of the Ascension warmly welcomed 100+ Baha'is into his church in the loving spirit of interfaith & unity. It was amazing to be sitting in the same place that Abdu'l-Baha stood in and on the same exact day 100 years ago.

A century later His words are still applicable to the issues going on in the world today:
"Today the world of humanity is in need of international unity and conciliation. To establish these great fundamental principles a propelling power is needed. It is self-evident that the unity of the human world and the Most Great Peace cannot be accomplished through material mean........For man two wings are necessary. One wing is physical power and material civilization; the other is spiritual power and divine civilization. With one wing only, flight is impossible. Two wings are essential. Therefore, no matter how much material civilization advances, it cannot attain to perfection except through the uplift of spiritual civilization." ~ Abdu'l-Baha (to read the entire April 14, 1912 talk click here)  

NY Times article from 1912 covering Abdu'l-Baha's visit

You can read more about Abdu'l-Baha's visit to the church here.

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