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The Foster Bahá'í School offers classes for all ages. Through arts, intellectual inquiry, worship and fun, our school community strives to nurture person's noble spirit, to inspire world-embracing thoughts and goals. Unity in diversity is one of our core beliefs. We welcome and celebrate people of all backgrounds. Introductory classes, as well as more intensive study sessions, are also offered. Bring all your friends!

A Tribute to Mr. William R. Foster

Bill FosterBill FosterThe Foster Bahá'í School traces its beginnings to 1985, when a few parents and children gathered after school to learn about the Bahá'í Faith. They met in each other's homes; Wendy Kvalheim and Evelyn Grammar were the first two teachers. As more families joined their efforts, the school was moved to Sunday mornings and to larger facilities. The School is hosted and supported solely by the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Hamilton Twp NJ. However, there is a committee that operates the school, appointed by the Hamilton Assembly which is composed of friends from many areas in Mercer County, including Lawrence.

The school gathers families from around Mercer County and beyond and is held in Princeton. The Foster Bahá'í School is named after Bill and Ruth Foster, one-time residents of this area. The Fosters came to Princeton in the 1970s after many years of pioneering in areas such as Liberia, West Africa, and Casablanca, Morocco.

In 1952, Bill Foster spent three months in Haifa, directly serving Shoghi Effendi. He helped with the design and engineering of the Shrine of the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh's Shrine at Bahji. From all accounts, Bill and Ruth Foster were unique and left a profound impression on the Bahá'ís of this area who knew them. Bill's close association and great love for the Guardian led him to acquire a deep knowledge of the Bahá'í Writings.

While he and Ruth were here, Bill hosted as many as six deepenings and study classes a week, training many of the area Bahá'ís to become teachers and host deepenings themselves. He constantly exhorted the friends to study the Writings, to build their faith on these precious Words of God. It is this spirit that permeates those Bahá'ís who had the opportunity to study with him. And it is in this spirit that this school is dedicated to Bill and Ruth Foster.
 

Date: Thu May 18, 1995
To: The Universal House of Justice

Dear Friends

With saddened hearts we announce the passing to the Abha Kingdom of our dearly-loved, staunch, faithful, zealous, unwavering and devoted Baha'i brother, Mr. William R. Foster, first American of his race to respond to the call of the Beloved Guardian to pioneer in Africa before the beginning of the Ten Year Crusade, remaining there with his family for seventeen years building Baha'i communities for nine years in Morocco and eight years in Liberia.

He went to the Holy Land for two months in the 1950s where he personally assisted Shoghi Effendi on various projects associated with the establishment and beautification of the Baha'i properties, and for many generations of Baha'is he is and always will be associated with the Beloved Guardian, sharing his stories, sharing his profound love, admiration, and awe of Shoghi Effendi.

He served on countless national committees and on several Local Spiritual Assemblies on the United States homefront where he initiated his renowned deepening classes on the writings of the Guardian, and crowned his administrative endeavors as member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Hawaiian Islands for nearly twelve years, once for four years and then after returning to Hawaii a second time for eight years.

The descendent of African slaves, he experienced in his early years the inherent inequality of segregation, witnessed in his adult years the breakdown of America's apartheid in the school systems, and lived to see his children and grandchildren educated in America's finest universities and become devoted Baha'is. His exemplary life inspired the friends wherever he resided by his unquestioned loyalty to the Covenant, his profound attachment to the Beloved Guardian, and as a champion of minority peoples everywhere.

The loss of one so deeply loved, honored, and respected leaves a void in our hearts as we bid farewell to one of our most illustrious Baha'is. We beseech prayers in the Holy Shrines for the progress of his radiant soul and that he will be reunited with his Beloved Guardian. Our prayers and condolences extend to all members of his devoted family, and to the friends throughout the Hawaiian Islands who grieve his passing.


Deepest  Bahá'í Love,
NSA Hawaiian Islands Gary L. Morrison, Secretary
 

Date: Mon May 22, 1995 8:01 am AHS
From: Baha'i World Centre transmitted by email
To: The National Spiritual Assembly of the Hawaiian Islands

Message: DEPLORE LOSS WILLIAM R. FOSTER, LONG-STANDING SERVANT BAHA'U'LLAH, TIRELESS PROMOTER BAHA'I TEACHINGS, RADIANT CHAMPION ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER. APART FROM HIS EXTENSIVE INVOLVEMENT VITAL ACTIVITIES COMMUNITIES UNITED STATES AND HAWAIIAN ISLANDS, HIS VALIANT, SACRIFICIAL ENDEAVOURS AFRICA BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER TEN YEAR CRUSADE ENSURE INDELIBLE RECORD ANNALS FAITH, ESPECIALLY REGARDING MOROCCO AND LIBERIA. FLAME HIS LOVE SHOGHI EFFENDI, INTENSIFIED BY HIS DIRECT CONTACT WITH HIM WHILE ASSISTING WITH DEVELOPMENT BAHA'I WORLD CENTRE PROPERTIES DURING BRIEF PERIOD 1950S, HAS LEFT ENDURING TRACES IN HEARTS MANY STUDENTS HIS CLASSES ON GUARDIAN'S WRITINGS. EXTEND LOVING SYMPATHY MEMBERS HIS DEAR FAMILY. ASSURE ARDENT PRAYERS HOLY SHRINES FOR PROGRESS THROUGHOUT DIVINE WORLDS THIS NOBLE SOUL WHOSE ASSOCIATION CAUSE BLESSED BEAUTY EXTENDED BEYOND SIX DECADES.

THE UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE
 
 
NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY OF THE BAHÁ'ÍS OF THE UNITED STATES
Date: May 26, 1995

National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the Hawaiian Islands Beloved Friends, We share your sadness at the passing of devoted servant of Bahá'u'lláh William Foster. The United States Bahá'í community honors the memory of this outstanding believer.

Bill Foster's commitment and devotion to the Blessed Beauty were demonstrated by his distinguished services as a homefront pioneer, member of our National Education and Properties committees, international traveling teacher, and pioneer to Africa where he will forever be remembered for his kindness and his determination to be a strong pillar of the Faith.

Bill Foster's legacy of dedicated service to the Cause of God enriches the annals of the Hawaiian and United States Bahá'í communities and the Moroccan and Liberian communities, among others in Africa. His life was truly an example for current and future generations. We will miss this champion of the Faith of God. Our prayers surround him as we beseech the Almighty to give this newly welcomed one his full share of divine blessings and to comfort the hearts of his family and friends.


With warm regards,
Robert C. Henderson Secretary-General