Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Headed Back to the Holy Land

I will have the inestimable blessing of praying in the holiest spots on earth for Baha'is, Haifa and Akka, Israel next month. I can't wait! Reuters has a pretty good article about Baha'i pilgrimage that came out recently. The opening paragraph is below:

By Jonathan Saul

HAIFA, Israel (Reuters) - Some pilgrims stand in silence. Others prostrate themselves and offer fragrant petals. There is no clergy, no sermons, no pressing throngs of faithful.

The hushed Baha'i pilgrimage to the Holy Land focuses on personal prayer and meditation, and is like no other in a region long torn between religions struggling -- often noisily and sometimes violently -- for hearts, minds and land.

"It was a spiritual journey for me," said Mutale Salimu Hobbs, 30, from Zambia in southern Africa.

"It was a great experience, with people coming together as one," she said on Mount Carmel, the world headquarters of the Baha'i movement above the busy Israeli port city of Haifa. (Read the Whole article here)