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Documents from the Universal House of Justice or by agencies of the House or the Baha'i World Centre, which are formal statements or are collections of letters published as books. See also letters from the UHJ, Bahá'í World books, and documents from the Bahá'í International Community.

Documents from the Universal House of Justice

  1. International Teaching Centre. Attaining the Dynamics of Growth: Glimpses from Five Continents (2008). This World Centre publication was used for consultation at the 10th International Bahá'í Convention. In pictures, case studies, testimonials, and analysis of programs of growth on 5 continents, it demonstrates the diverse conditions of Bahá'ís worldwide.
  2. Universal House of Justice. Attainment of the Unity of Nations and the Lesser Peace (2001). Letter sent to all NSAs and later broadcast to the Bahá'í world to explain the process through which the Lesser Peace will be created and its relation to the Most Great Peace.
  3. Universal House of Justice Cortesia, trans. Autoridades religiosas del mundo, A las (2002). Spanish translation of "Letter to the World's Religious Leaders, April 2002."
  4. International Teaching Centre. Bahá'í scholarship: importance, nature, and promotion of (1984). Information on Bahá'í scholarship to devise ways to foster the development of Bahá'í scholarship along lines that are in accordance with Bahá'í standards and values.
  5. Universal House of Justice, comp. Bahá'í World, The: Volume 13 (1954-1963) (1970). Periodic volumes that survey the global activities and major achievements of the Faith. Includes formatted, proofread version (of pp. 1-478 only).
  6. Universal House of Justice, comp. Bahá'í World, The: Volume 14 (1963-1968) (1974). Periodic volumes that survey the global activities and major achievements of the Faith.
  7. Universal House of Justice, comp. Bahá'í World, The: Volume 15 (1968-1973) (1976). Periodic volumes that survey the global activities and major achievements of the Faith.
  8. Universal House of Justice, comp. Bahá'í World, The: Volume 16 (1973-1976) (1978). Periodic volumes that survey the global activities and major achievements of the Faith.
  9. Universal House of Justice, comp. Bahá'í World, The: Volume 17 (1976-1979) (1981). Periodic volumes that survey the global activities and major achievements of the Faith.
  10. Universal House of Justice, comp. Bahá'í World, The: Volume 18 (1979-1983) (1986). Periodic volumes that survey the global activities and major achievements of the Faith.
  11. Bahá'í World, The: Volume 19 (1983-1986) (1994). Periodic volumes that survey the global activities and major achievements of the Faith.
  12. Bahá'í World, The: Volume 20 (1986-1992) (1998). Periodic volumes that survey the global activities and major achievements of the Faith.
  13. Universal House of Justice, comp. Bahá'í World, The: Volume 23 (1994-1995) (1996). Periodic volumes that survey the global activities and major achievements of the Faith.
  14. Universal House of Justice, comp. Bahá'í World, The: Volume 24 (1995-1996) (1997). Periodic volumes that survey the global activities and major achievements of the Faith.
  15. International Teaching Centre. Building Momentum: A Coherent Approach to Growth (2003). Guidance for the Bahá'í world in advancing the process of entry by troops. Part 3 of a series, following "Training Institutes" (1998) and "Training Institutes and Systematic Growth" (2000).
  16. Universal House of Justice. Century of Light (2001). Survey of the history and dramatic changes of the 20th Century and the Bahá'í Faith's emergence from obscurity, "demonstrating on a global scale the unifying power with which its Divine origin has endowed it."
  17. Research Department of the Universal House of Justice. Challenge and Promise of Bahá'í Scholarship, The (1981). Issues that face students of religion, and especially scholars coming from a Bahá'í perspective.
  18. Universal House of Justice. Constitucion de la Casa Universal de Justicia, La (1972). Spanish translation of Constitution of the Universal House of Justice.
  19. Universal House of Justice. Constitution of the Universal House of Justice (1972).
  20. Universal House of Justice. Convention for the Election of the UHJ, and Completion of the Seat of the UHJ (1983) (1986). Two documents from Bahá'í World 18 part four section one, The World Order of Bahá'u'lláh: The Universal House of Justice: Fifth Int'l Convention for the Election of the UHJ, and Completion of Construction of the Seat of the UHJ.
  21. Universal House of Justice. Day of the Covenant 26 November 2003: To the Followers of Baha'u'llah in the Cradle of the Faith (2003). A message to the Bahá'ís of Iran; in both English and Persian.
  22. Universal House of Justice. Election and Infallibility of the Universal House of Justice (1996). Answers to three questions: Why were steps taken to elect a Universal House of Justice with the foreknowledge that there would be no Guardian? Was the time ripe for such an action? Could not the International Bahá'í Council have carried on the work?
  23. Universal House of Justice. Five Year Plan, The: 2006-2011: Messages of the Universal House of Justice (2006). Five Ridvan messages, one message to the Counsellors, and three other letters.
  24. Universal House of Justice. Five Year Plan, The: 2011-2016: Messages of the Universal House of Justice (2011). Two Ridvan messages, one letter to the Counsellors, and two shorter letters.
  25. Universal House of Justice. Four-Year Plan, 1995-1999: Messages to the Bahá'ís of the World (1995). Message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  26. Universal House of Justice. Framework for Action: 2006-2016, Selected Messages of the Universal House of Justice and Supplementary Material (2017). 58 letters from the House; "Social Action," by the Office of Social and Economic Development; "Insights from the Frontiers of Learning" and "Training Institutes: Attaining a Higher Level of Functioning," prepared by the International Teaching Centre.
  27. Universal House of Justice and Lilian Ala'i et al. Hands of the Cause of God (1986). Six documents from Bahá'í World 18 part four section 2: The Hands of the Cause of God and their functions, their work and travels 1979-1983, Boards of Counsellors and the International Teaching Centre, and tributes by Lilian Ala'i and Ray Hudson.
  28. Universal House of Justice. Hands of the Cause of God Cannot Appoint a Guardian (2015). Short letter quoting the Guardian's statement that the Hands of the Cause of God have to ratify the current guardian's appointment of another guardian, and they may also suggest another guardian, but cannot themselves appoint one.
  29. Universal House of Justice. Individual Rights and Freedoms (1988). An important and often-quoted letter about rights and freedom of expression in the Bahá'í community, as contrasted with those in American civil society.
  30. Universal House of Justice. Infallibility of the Guardianship and of the Universal House of Justice (1977). Distinction between the interpretive spheres of the Guardian versus the Universal House of Justice.
  31. Universal House of Justice. Institution of the Counsellors (2001). Detailed discussion of the history and function of the highest level of the "Institution of the Learned."
  32. Universal House of Justice. Institution of the Counsellors: Letter to the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors (2001). On launching the Five-Year Plan.
  33. Universal House of Justice. Institution of the Counsellors: Message to the Bahá'ís of the World (2001).
  34. Universal House of Justice and Horace Holley et al. Institution of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkár, The (1986). Five documents from Bahá'í World 18 part four section 5: Institution of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar, its spiritual significance, the temple on the Indian sub-continent, the Lotus of Bahapur, and the first Mashriqu'l-Adhkar of the Pacific Islands.
  35. Universal House of Justice Cortesía, trans. la Conferencia de los Cuerpos Continentales de Consejeros, A: 28 de diciembre de 2010 (2010).
  36. Universal House of Justice. Pierre Daoust, trans. La Constitution do la Maison Universelle de Justice (2022). La Constitution fut signée dans la Ville de Haïfa le quatrième jour du mois de Qawl de la cent-vingt-neuvième année de l'Ère bahá'íe.
  37. Universal House of Justice. La Libertad de Expresión (1988). Spanish translation of "Individual Rights and Freedoms" by the Casa Universal de Justicia.
  38. Universal House of Justice. Laws from the Kitab-i-Aqdas Not Yet Binding (1974). Which laws of the Kitab-i-Aqdas are and are not currently (as of 1974) binding upon Western believers.
  39. Universal House of Justice la commission de traduction, trans. Le siecle de lumiere (2020). Enquête sur l'histoire et les changements dramatiques du 20e siècle et l'émergence de la foi baha'ie de l'obscurité. Traduction de Century of Light.
  40. Universal House of Justice. Learning to Respond to Emerging New Realities: Messages from the Universal House of Justice (2006). Two letters to the US NSA dealing with expansion and administration, and a document prepared by the International Teaching Centre, "Impact of Growth on Administration Processes."
  41. Universal House of Justice. Letter to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, May 19 1994 (1994). A lengthy response inspired by the US community's 1994 "Vision in Action" initiative, addressing the slowness of the growth of the Faith in America and the impact of negative trends in American society on the nation's Bahá'í community.
  42. Universal House of Justice. Letter to the World's Religious Leaders (2002). On historic challenges that leaders of religion must respond to, if spiritual leadership is to have meaning in the new global society.
  43. Universal House of Justice, comp. Local Spiritual Assembly, The (1986). The institution of the LSA, its significance, and its by-laws.
  44. Universal House of Justice. Love for God and Bahá'u'lláh (1978). Response to a Bahá'í individual's concern about not feeling sufficient love for God and Bahá'u'lláh compared to others.
  45. Universal House of Justice. Messages from the Universal House of Justice: 1986-2001 (2009). Messages from the fourth epoch of the Formative Age.
  46. Universal House of Justice. Geoffrey W. Marks, comp. Messages from the Universal House of Justice 1963-86 (1996).
  47. Universal House of Justice. Messages from the Universal House of Justice 1968-1973 (1976).
  48. Universal House of Justice and Ruhiyyih (Mary Maxwell) Khanum. Ministry of the Custodians: An Account of the Stewardship of the Hands of the Cause 1957-1963 (1992). Account of the stewardship of the Hands of the Cause of God from 1957-63, from the passing of Shoghi Effendi to the election of the House, riding the waves of crisis to the moment of victory — the fulfillment of prophecy.
  49. Universal House of Justice. Naw-Rúz 2009: Bahá'í Era 166 (2009). A message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  50. Universal House of Justice. Nine Year Plan, The: 2022-2031 (2021). 9 letters from November 2021 to January 2022, addressed to the Bahá'í world, Continental Counsellors, Auxiliary Board members, and National Spiritual Assemblies. Link to free download of book (offsite).
  51. Universal House of Justice. One Common Faith (2005). Review of relevant passages from both the writings of Bahá'u'lláh and the scriptures of other faiths against the background of contemporary crises.
  52. Universal House of Justice. One Year Plan, The: 2021-2022 (2021). Letter "To the Bahá’ís of the World" (5 November 2020), Ridvan message (20 April 2021), and a chart "Unfoldment of the Divine Plan" (2021). Link to free download of book (offsite).
  53. Universal House of Justice. One-Year Plan, 2000: Introductory Letter (1999). Introduction to the "Twelve-Month Plan."
  54. Universal House of Justice. Promise of World Peace (1985). A document distributed to many politicians and prominent individuals since its writing in 1985, it was the first official public statement made by the Universal House of Justice since its inception in 1963.
  55. Universal House of Justice. Recognition of the Next Manifestation by the Universal House of Justice (1997). Бахаулла говорит, что следующее Богоявление тоже столкнётся с преследованиями, но восторжествует над Своими гонителями.
  56. Universal House of Justice. Regarding the Implementation of the Badi` Calendar (2014). Message to the Bahá’ís of the world on the updated calendar of Bahá'í holy days. Includes a table of Bahá’í Dates 172 to 221 B.E., and a letter to an individual explaining the date of the astronomical new moon in Islamic and Bahá'í calendars.
  57. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1964: Bahá'í Era 121 (1964). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  58. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1965: Bahá'í Era 122 (1965). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  59. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1966: Bahá'í Era 123 (1966). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  60. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1967: Bahá'í Era 124 (1967). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  61. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 1968: Bahá'í Era 125 (1968). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  62. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1969: Bahá'í Era 126 (1969). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  63. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1970: Bahá'í Era 127 (1970). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  64. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1971: Bahá'í Era 128 (1971). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  65. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1972: Bahá'í Era 129 (1972). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  66. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1973: Bahá'í Era 130 (1973). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  67. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 1974 (Naw-Rúz): Bahá'í Era 131 (1974). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  68. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 1975: Bahá'í Era 132 (1975). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  69. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 1976 (Naw-Rúz): Bahá'í Era 133 (1976). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  70. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1977: Bahá'í Era 134 (1977). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  71. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 1978: Bahá'í Era 135 (1978). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world, and message to the friends gathered at National Bahá'í Conventions.
  72. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 1979 (Naw-Rúz): Bahá'í Era 136 (1979). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world, on the launching of the Seven Year Plan and elucidation of the Seven Year Plan goals.
  73. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 1980: Bahá'í Era 137 (1980). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  74. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 1981: Bahá'í Era 138 (1981). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  75. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1982: Bahá'í Era 139 (1982). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  76. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1983: Bahá'í Era 140 (1983). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  77. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1984: Bahá'í Era 141 (1984). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  78. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1985: Bahá'í Era 142 (1985). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  79. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1986: Bahá'í Era 143 (1986). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  80. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1987: Bahá'í Era 144 (1987). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  81. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1988: Bahá'í Era 145 (1988). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  82. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 1989: Bahá'í Era 146 (1989). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  83. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 1990: Bahá'í Era 147 (1990). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  84. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 1991: Bahá'í Era 148 (1991). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  85. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1992: Bahá'í Era 149 (1992). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  86. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1993: Bahá'í Era 150 (1993). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  87. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1994: Bahá'í Era 151 (1994). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  88. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1995: Bahá'í Era 152 (1995). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  89. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1996 (Four Year Plan): Bahá'í Era 153 (1996). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  90. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1996 (Four Year Plan): Message to the Counsellors (1995). Letter to the Counsellors, preceding the annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  91. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1996 (Four Year Plan) - To the Followers of Bahá'u'lláh (in Australia and the Pacific): Bahá'í Era 153 (1996). Country-specific portion of the annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world: South Pacific.
  92. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1996 (Four Year Plan) - To the Followers of Bahá'u'lláh in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam: Bahá'í Era 153 (1996). Country-specific portion of the annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world: East Asia.
  93. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1996 (Four Year Plan) - To the Followers of Bahá'u'lláh in North America: Alaska, Canada, Greenland and the United States: Bahá'í Era 153 (1996). Country-specific portion of the annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world: North America.
  94. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1996 (Four Year Plan) - To the Followers of Bahá'u'lláh in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka: Bahá'í Era 153 (1996). Country-specific portion of the annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world: South-east Asia.
  95. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1996 (Four Year Plan) - To the Followers of Bahá'u'lláh in Western and Central Asia: Bahá'í Era 153 (1996). Country-specific portion of the annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world: Asia.
  96. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1996 (Four Year Plan) - To the Followers of Bahá'u'lláh (in Latin America and the Caribbean): Bahá'í Era 153 (1996). Country-specific portion of the annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world: South America.
  97. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1996 (Four Year Plan) - To the Followers of Bahá'u'lláh in Africa: Bahá'í Era 153 (1996). Country-specific portion of the annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world: Africa.
  98. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1996 (Four Year Plan) - To the Followers of Bahá'u'lláh in Europe: Bahá'í Era 153 (1996). Country-specific portion of the annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world: Europe.
  99. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1997: Bahá'í Era 154 (1997). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  100. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1998: Bahá'í Era 155 (1998). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  101. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 1999: Bahá'í Era 156 (1999). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  102. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 2000: Bahá'í Era 157 (2000). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  103. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 2001: Bahá'í Era 158 (2001). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  104. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 2002: Bahá'í Era 159 (2002). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  105. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 2003: Bahá'í Era 160 (2003). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  106. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 2004: Bahá'í Era 161 (2004). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  107. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 2005: Bahá'í Era 162 (2007). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  108. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 2006: Bahá'í Era 163 (2006). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  109. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 2007: Bahá'í Era 164 (2007). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  110. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 2008: Bahá'í Era 165 (2008). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  111. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 2009: Bahá'í Era 166 (2009). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  112. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 2010: Bahá'í Era 167 (2010). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  113. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 2011: Bahá'í Era 168 (2011). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  114. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 2012: Bahá'í Era 169 (2012). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  115. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 2013: Bahá'í Era 170 (2013). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  116. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 2014: Bahá'í Era 171 (2014). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  117. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 2015: Bahá'í Era 172 (2015). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  118. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 2016: Bahá'í Era 173 (2016). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  119. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 2017: Bahá'í Era 174 (2017). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  120. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 2018: Bahá'í Era 175 (2018). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  121. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 2019: Bahá'í Era 176 (2019). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  122. Universal House of Justice. Ridvan 2020: Bahá'í Era 177 (2020). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  123. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 2021: Bahá'í Era 178 (2021). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  124. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 2022: Bahá'í Era 179 (2022). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  125. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 2023: Bahá'í Era 180 (2023). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  126. Universal House of Justice. Ridván 2024: Bahá'í Era 181 (2024). Annual message to the Bahá'ís of the world.
  127. Universal House of Justice. Siglo de la Luz (2001). Spanish translation of Century of Light.
  128. Universal House of Justice. Six-Year Plan, 1986 (1986). Outline of Bahá'í goals for 1986-1992, and collection of letters from the House.
  129. Universal House of Justice. To the Peoples of the World: A Bahá'í Statement on Peace by the Universal House of Justice (1985). Text of the October 24 1985 statement by the House of Justice addressed to the peoples of the world on the theme of peace, followed by 60 pages of Annotations: a compilation of relevant quotations and references, assembled by a team of ABS contributors.
  130. Universal House of Justice. Turning Point: Selected Messages of the Universal House of Justice and Supplementary Material 1996—2006 (2006). Forty-three letters, plans, and documents covering the Four-Year Plan of 1996-2000.
  131. Universal House of Justice la commission de traduction, trans. Une seule et même foi (2021). Des passages des écrits de Bahá'u'lláh et des écritures d'autres confessions qui éclairent les crises contemporaines. Traduction de One Common Faith.
  132. Universal House of Justice. Wellspring of Guidance: Messages of the Universal House of Justice 1963-68 (1969). Collection of letters from the first years after the creation of the Universal House of Justice.
  133. Universal House of Justice. Paul Lample, comp. Wider Horizon: Selected Messages of the Universal House of Justice 1983-1992 (1992).
  134. Universal House of Justice. Vladimir Chupin, trans. Об изменении климата и доверии к науке (2017). Всемирный Дом Справедливости обсуждает вопрос изменения климата и затрагивает более общие темы доверия к науке, важности избегания крайностей в дискуссиях, совещания бахаи и действий в связи с глобальными проблемами, стоящими перед человечеством.
  135. Universal House of Justice. 世界?'?平的承诺 (The Promise of World Peace) (1997).
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