Bahai News - Baha'is Open Terraces on Mt. Carmel
Baha'is Open Terraces on Mt. Carmel
'Peace & Unity of the World Are Inevitable'
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NEW YORK, May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of the Baha'i Faith from the United
States and more than 180 other countries, along with their guests, celebrated
the inauguration of a majestic series of garden terraces on the face of Mt.
Carmel, Israel. Following an emotionally powerful concert, culminating in
the spectacular lighting of the terraces at dusk, more than 3,000 Baha'is
ascended the mountain.
For Baha'is and others around the world who watched via satellite and
internet webcast, it was a momentous event, marking the completion of a
complex of buildings and gardens on what throughout history has been called
"the Mountain of the Lord".
For one of the United States representatives, Dr. Jean Scales, the experience
was profound. "The construction of these gardens is a reason for humanity to
have hope. So many people don't see any hope in the world today, between wars
and rumors of wars. But this shows that humankind can come together." In this
strife-torn region, these terraces and gardens -- open to the public --
provide a haven of calm and spirituality.
The Universal House of Justice, the Baha'i Faith's international governing
body, presented a statement during the dedication. Proclaiming that the human
race can live harmoniously, in all its diversity, the Universal House of
Justice offered this vision of the future: "That our earth is contracted into
a neighborhood, no one can seriously deny. The world is being made new. Death
pangs are yielding to birth pangs. The pain shall pass when members of the
human race act upon the common recognition of their essential oneness."
The statement concluded with this prediction, "... the unity and peace of
the world are not only possible but inevitable. Their time has come."
B-roll * Baha'i terraces, fountains, and formal gardens
* Open-air concert on Mt. Carmel
* 3,500 Baha'is on Mt. Carmel
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