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A group made up of members the Bahá'í faith in Bermuda travelled to Israel for the 12th International Bahá'í Convention.

The nine-strong governing body of Bermuda's National Spiritual Assembly attended the Bahá'í World Centre for the election of the Universal House of Justice — the international governing institution.

A spokesman said: “This convention represented delegates from some 166 countries — the highest number of National Spiritual Assemblies to be present at an International Convention — a cause itself for celebration.”

Established by Bahá'u'lláh in 1863, the Bahá'í Faith teaches the essential worth of all religions, and the unity and equality of all people.

Delegates visited places associated with the central figures of the faith before the start of the conference on April 29. These included the Prison in Akko (Acre), the Most Holy Spot at Bahji where the body of Baha'u'llah is buried, the Shrine of the Bab on Mount Carmel, Haifa and the world administrative centre of the Baha'i world.

The spokesman added: “Now, in the afterglow of an exhilaratingly uplifting experience the Baha'is of Bermuda are preparing for their 38th National Baha'i convention for the election of their nine-member governing council.

“This will take place over the weekend of May 18 to 20 at the Baha'i National Centre. The elections for all national and local Baha'i institutions are held every year during the twelve Days of Ridvan.”

Photograph supplied Trip to the Holy Land: the leadership of the Bahá'ís of Bermuda attended the International Convention at the Supreme Body the Universal House of Justice in Haifa, Israel on the slopes of Mt Caramel. Every 5 years, more than 1300 representatives from 166 nations elect a governing body. Shown from left, Blythe Walker, Randy Vaucrosson, Anthony Ball, Daurene Aubrey, Read Currelly, Oswald Hinds, Valerie Richmond, Georgia Symonds, Leighton Rochester
Photograph supplied The Shrine of the Báb: the leadership of the Bahá'ís of Bermuda attended the International Convention at the Supreme Body the Universal House of Justice in Haifa, Israel on the slopes of Mt Caramel. Every 5 years, more than 1300 representatives from 166 nations elect a governing body. Shown from left are Randy Vaucrosson, Nwandi Lawson (from US), Georgia Symonds, Anthony Ball, Leighton Rochester, Valerie Richmond, Blythe Walker, Daurene Aubrey

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Published May 21, 2018 at 10:46 am (Updated May 21, 2018 at 10:46 am)

Bermudians in faith trip to Israel

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