Chile House of Worship Opening!

A new website for the Baha’i House of Worship in Santiago, Chile, has been opened (templo.bahai.cl,) in advance of the Temple’s inauguration in Octoberchile-how. The beauty of the Temple’s design, which the architect, Siamak Hariri, has described as “embodied light“, is captured in the imagery and graphics throughout the site.

The new website highlights the central theme that underlies the purpose of Baha’i Houses of Worship: the union of worship and service. It also provides brief descriptions of how this theme is finding expression in activities that connect the Temple to the community that surrounds it.

This Temple will serve the entire South American continent, and is the last of the continental Baha’i Houses of Worship to be built. Several of the first national and local Baha’i Temples are now in the process of being built in countries around the world.

HEAT ADVISORY

wsiThe National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from 1 p.m. today, Friday, July 22, until 7 p.m. Saturday, July 23, for most of North Alabama and Southern Middle Tennessee.

Afternoon temperatures will range between 95 to 99, with heat index values between 105 and 108. Temperatures will be higher in asphalt roadways and concrete-covered areas where there is no shade and no breeze.

Stay hydrated!

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity levels will be dangerous  for those spending time outdoors or in a facility with no air conditioning.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.  When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.

Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke: Symptoms range in severity from mild heat cramps to heat exhaustion to potentially life-threatening heatstroke. Heat exhaustion can begin suddenly, usually after working or playing in the heat, perspiring heavily or being dehydrated.

Heat exhaustion signs and symptoms include:

  • Faintness or dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Heavy sweating often accompanied by cold, clammy skin
  • Weak, rapid pulse
  • Pale or flushed face
  • Muscle cramps
  • Headache
  • Weakness or fatigue

If you experience these symptoms, seek immediate medical assistance by calling 911!

Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

Check up on relatives and neighbors.  Absolutely do not leave children and poets unattended in vehicles!

Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.

Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition. Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to succumb to extreme heat.

Conditions that can induce heat-related illnesses include stagnant atmospheric conditions and poor air quality. Consequently, people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than those living in rural areas. Also, asphalt and concrete store heat longer and gradually release heat at night, which can produce higher nighttime temperatures known as the “urban heat island effect.”

Martyrdom of the Báb Observed Today

bmb-7841023-high-(1)Bahá’ís around the world gather at noon today at Bahá’í Centers, Holy Places, and homes to observe the Martyrdom of the Báb, the Prophet-Herald of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith.

On July 9, 1850, the Grand Vizier of Nasiri’d-Din Shah in Persia ordered the Báb’s execution. Thousands crowded the rooftops that overlooked the barracks square in Tabríz where the Báb and a young follower were to be executed by a firing squad. In the intense heat of the noonday sun, the Báb and his follower were suspended by ropes against a wall of the barracks. A regiment of 750 soldiers opened fire in three successive volleys. When the smoke and dust of the gunpowder cleared, the Báb had vanished from sight. Only His companion remained, alive and unscathed, standing beside the wall on which they had been suspended. The ropes by which they had been hung alone were severed. After a search, the Báb was found in His prison cell, continuing a conversation with His secretary that had been earlier interrupted by the guards for the execution.

“Now you may proceed to fulfil your intention,” the Báb told His captors. Again, He was brought out for execution. After the first regiment refused to fire, another was assembled and ordered to shoot. This time the bodies of the Báb and His young follower were shattered. A whirlwind of dust engulfed the city, blotting out the light of the sun until nightfall.

In 1909, after being hidden away for more than half a century, the Báb’s remains were finally interred on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land. Today, entombed in an exquisite golden-domed Shrine, encompassed by spectacular terraced gardens and fountains, the Báb rests in conspicuous glory, a symbol of the triumph of the Cause that He heralded over the fiercest of opposition. Throughout the world, millions recognize the Báb as the divinely inspired Herald of the Bahá’í Faith and turn reverently to His Writings to discover the “resplendent Light of God.”

See You At 2016 Community Awareness For Youth (CAFY) July 30

The Baha’i community is gearing up for its participation in the sixth annual CAFY (Community Awareness For Youth) back to school event, Saturday, July 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Jaycee Building & Fairgrounds.

CAFY focuses on four pillars of success, careers, education, finances and health and is designed to provide families with essential resources for academic and life success. CAFY’s mission is to prepare the youth of Huntsville/Madison County for success as they venture into adulthood, enter the workforce or pursue higher education.

The Baha’i Faith will again  have an inspiring table of information focused on the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program.  The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (JYSEP) is a global movement inspiring young people, parents, and community members to work together toward a better world.

The JYSEP trains teens and young adults to mentor younger peers aged 11 to 15.  Each week, mentors and teenagers put their heads together to study materials based around moral and spiritual concepts and talk about how to navigate a complex world, resist negative forces in their lives, and promote social progress.

Training and ongoing support help teens and young adults learn and grow as mentors for the program. In the groups they are helped to start, they engage participants in meaningful conversations, arts and crafts, and youth-led service projects. Mentors also build friendships with parents and gain practical skills such as lesson planning and coordination.

Inspired and sponsored by the Baha’i Faith, the program thrives through the participation and contribution of people from diverse backgrounds.

The Baha’i table is one of over 70+ displays at CAFY featuring information about community activities and resources.

For more information on CAFY check out the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HuntsvilleCAFY/.

For information about the Baha’i Faith and the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program, contact Maria Mock,  mariamock9@gmail.com.

OPEN SUNDAY – DEVELOPING THE POTENTIAL OF YOUTH

” … strive that your actions day by day may be beautiful prayers. Turn towards God, and seek always to do that which is right and noble. Enrich the poor, raise the fallen, comfort the sorrowful, bring healing to the sick, reassure the fearful, rescue the oppressed, bring hope to the hopeless, shelter the destitute! – Bahá’í Writings

Please join us tomorrow, June 26, 11 a.m., for OPEN SUNDAY at the Bahá’í Center, 3209 Pulaski Pike, for prayers, songs and a presentation on developing the power and capacities of youth to shape society and move the world!

For further information, contact hsvlsa9@gmail.com

 

 

DANGEROUS HEAT ADVISORY

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM SATURDAY TO 4 AM MONDAY AFFECTING ALL COUNTIES IN NORTHERN ALABAMA AS WELL AS LINCOLN, FRANKLIN, AND MOORE COUNTIES IN SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE.

AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO BE IN THE 95 TO 100 DEGREE RANGE, WITH HEAT INDEX VALUES BETWEEN 105 AND 110 DEGREES. MORNING LOW TEMPERATURES WILL ONLY FALL INTO THE 73 TO 77 DEGREE RANGE.

THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY LEVELS WILL BE DANGEROUS FOR THOSE SPENDING TIME OUTDOORS OR IN A FACILITY WITH NO AIR CONDITIONING.

TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE, RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING.  KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS. ABSOLUTELY DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS UNATTENDED IN VEHICLES!

Beware Of Prejudice

“Beware of prejudice; light is good in whatsoever lamp it is burning. A rose is beautiful in whatsoever garden it may bloom. A star has the same radiance if it shines from the east or the west.” — Bahá’í Writings

The Bahá’í Community of Huntsville will host a special devotional program to pray, reflect, remember and honor the lives of those who were killed in the Orlando mass shooting. Please join us and members of all Faiths today, June 19, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Bahá’í Center (3209 Pulaski Pike) in recommitting to healing, peace and our common bond of love for all members of our human family. Please feel free to invite any others who might wish to participate.