Baha'is in the Media


A selection of recent U.S. media coverage in which Baha'is are mentioned. Click on the headline to read the full article.(Note: Some newspapers require registration or payment to view articles; some links may have expired.

Celebrating 60 yeas of the Baha'i Faith in the Western Isles   
Stornoway Gazette, UK, March 25, 2013
FIRST introduced to the Hebrides in 1953, the Bahà’i community in the Western Isles this year celebrates 60 years of the Faith and friendships through a series of events entitled ‘Homecoming’ beginning tonight, Saturday, March 23rd.... 

Baha'i Faith Relates to Abrahamic Faith  
The University News of St. Louis University, March 21, 2013
With over five million followers representing most of the nations, races and cultures in the world, the origins of the Baha’i faith are worthy of note. It is said that the faith arose from eschatological tensions within Islam, just as Christianity was born out of the messianic expectations of Judaism. Similarly, it is also independent of its parent religion..... 

Baha'is Observe Fast  
NWA Online, March 2, 2013
Believers in the Baha’i faith perform as a choir during Interfaith Harmony Day in 2010 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville. 

Freedom languishes for Baha'is in Iran 
The Washington Post, February 25, 2013
...As a member of the Baha’i faith, the largest non-Muslim religious minority in Iran, you are used to insecurity. However, now you are a mother with an infant at home and have become acutely concerned because your worst nightmare has become a reality....

Being a Baha'i in the Cowboy State
Wyoming Public Media, February 22, 2013
Listen to a radio interview with Dru Hanich of the Regional Council for the Northern Plains States about Ayyam-i-Ha.

A Mormon and a baha'i go to an Episcopal church, elbow rubbing ensues
Salt Lake City Tribune, February 10, 2013
A Mormon couple, an Episcopalian, a Baha’i, other Protestants, a religious seeker and others gathered on a snowy Saturday morning adjacent to St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Salt Lake City to learn how to transcend their differences. 

Iranian architect living in La Jolla devoted to creating 'spiritual space'
La Jolla Light, February 6, 2013
Through his lectures, writings and, most importantly, the architecture he has designed and shepherded through construction, Fariborz Sahba has focused his energies on creating “spiritual space.” 

Iran Arrests 28 Over Links to Religious Networks
TEHRAN, Iran December 11, 2012 (AP)Tehran's chief prosecutor says authorities have arrested 28 Iranians for alleged links to foreign-based TV networks advocating the Baha'i religion, which is banned in the Islamic Republic.

100 years later, tracing Baha'i leader's footsteps
Lincoln Journal Star - September 21, 2012
In 1912, 'Abdu'l-Baha Abbas, the eldest son of the founder of the Baha'i faith, came to America. Among his stops was a special visit to Lincoln to see ... 

Baha’i’s Utah beginning: It started with a prophet’s trip
The Salt Lake Tribune - September 21, 2012
Three portraits of Abdu'l-Bahá, son of the Baha'i founder, who gave speeches across America, including in Utah, on the oneness of humanity. Baha'i's Utah beginning: It started with a prophet's trip. Centennial » 100 years ago, the son of the ...

Green Acre Baha'i School celebrates four new buildings
Seacoastonline - September 19, 2012
ELIOT, Maine — A four-year construction project came to a successful conclusion Saturday with a building dedication ceremony at Green Acre Bahá'í School. 

Public invited to join gospel workshop
The Chautauquan Daily - August 4, 2012
Chautauquans who love to sing are invited to participate in a Gospel Music Workshop Concert with tenor Van Gilmer, music director at the Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette, Ill., at 3 p.m. Sunday in Smith Wilkes Hall.

Iran’s Secret University for Baha’i: Global and Underground
Pacific Standard - July 27, 2012 
Iran's Secret University for Baha'i: Global and Underground. A university in Iran connects to the rest of the world to give the minority Bahá'í community opportunities for higher education.

Palatine resident celebrates ancestor’s contribution to Baha’i temple
Daily Herald - July 19, 2012
Palatine’s Barbara Tobin is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Wilmette’s Baha’i House of Worship. This national landmark and center of the Baha’i Faith in North America is commemorating its centennial with yearlong events. 

Highland Park woman says father's religion behind his imprisonment in Iran
Chicago Tribune - July 15, 2012 
Highland Park resident Nasrin Nakhaei learned in May that her 85-year-old father, Muhammad-Husayn Nakha'i, had been arrested and jailed in his home country of Iran. The government has not said why it arrested him, Nakhaei said, but the family suspects it's because of his Baha'i faith. 

Baha'i Community of Teaneck to Hold Annual Unity Picnic Saturday 
Patch.com - June 26, 2012
When asked why he had undertaken the journey to America, 'Abdu'l-Bahá stated, "…I have come to America to raise the standard of universal peace and to bring ... 

Salem Baha'i Center celebrates Race Unity Day
StatesmanJournal.com - June 10, 2012
A vocal performance set the tone for Sunday's festivities at the Salem Baha'i Center. 'We are leaves from one tree,' the women sang to the tune of 'Tiny Bubbles.' The small audience in the center joined in for the chorus: 

The Baha’is of Pasadena: Junior Youth Groups
Pasadena Now - May 25, 2012
Pasadena Baha'is Community Junior Youth Group celebrating after volunteering at the MS Walk [Photo: TBP]. Published: Friday, May 25, 2012 | 4:28 PM. One of the core activities offered by the Pasadena Baha'i community that is open to all is ...

Iran’s Baha’i minorites risk persecution to get an education
Borderzine - May 10, 2012
EL PASO – Many of us take for granted the opportunity to receive an education, while the Baha'is – Iran's largest non-Muslim religious minority of.

Feeling renewed after Baha’i convention
Spokane Favs - May 3, 2012
A Spokane Valley man joined Bahá'ís from across the country this weekend in Wilmette, Ill. to elect a new National Spiritual Assembly, discuss spiritual issues and celebrate Ridvan.
The Daily Northwestern - April 30, 2012
A single voice echoed off the cavernous domed walls of the Baha'i House of Worship until the rest of the choir joined in the hymn that began ...
 

Baha’i students try to get credit for work done in underground Iranian schools
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian - April 26, 2012
In Iran, members of the Baha'i faith, a minority religious group, have been denied access to education for years. The has lead them to form secret, illegal schools, according to a documentary titled “Education Under Fire,” which the UMass ...

Events scheduled to commemorate centennial of Baha’i leader’s visit
Wilmette/Kenilworth Trib Local - April 23, 2012
Two Chicago-area events are scheduled this weekend to commemorate the historic visit in 1912 of the Baha'i Faith's spiritual leader, which saw the cornerstone laid for what is now the Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette. Abdu'l-Baha, son of ... 

Celebration honors centennial of Baha’i temple cornerstone dedication
Chicago Sun-Times - April 22, 2012
Ask most Chicagoans what they know about the Baha’i faith, and they might mention the House of Worship, a magnificent domed edifice of delicately latticed concrete on the lakefront in Wilmette.

Baha'i House of Worship Celebrates 100th Anniversary
Wilmette-Kenilworth Patch - April 20, 2012
Learn the history of the Baha'i Temple in Wilmette. Information provided by U.S. Baha'i National Center.

Graphic: A demographic breakdown of the world of religion
National Post - April 18, 2012
With the “world’s largest” gathering of atheists this weekend in Washington, D.C., the National Post‘s graphics department takes a look at how the world’s religions break down. 

Rainn-drops Keep Falling
New University - April 17, 2012
Education Under Fire is a national campaign initiated to raise awareness and a universal call for action against the Iranian government's denial of the basic, fundamental right to education to believers of the Baha'i faith. Education Under Fire ... 

Centenary events set for Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette
Wilmette Life - April 17, 2012
The Baha’i House of Worship that rises spectacularly above Wilmette’s Sheridan Road has long been a famous architectural landmark, renowned for its breathtaking dome and the beauty of its landscaped gardens.

IACO Participates in Education Under Fire event at OSU
Interfaith Association of Central Ohio - April 15, 2012
Last Thursday, April 12th, IACO participated in an event organized by The Baha'i Campus Association of The Ohio State University, in conjunction with the Iranian Cultural Association, Muslim Student Association, Amnesty International, and ...
 

Documentary tells story of Baha’is
The Daily Collegian - April 13, 2012
The University of Massachusetts Baha'i Club hosted a screening yesterday of the film “Education under Fire,” a documentary about underground Baha'i schools in Iran. Justin Surgent/Collegian. The documentary was presented in Herter Hall ... 

Mount Airy: Baha’i Faith Finds Local Home
Philadelphia Neighborhoods - April 4, 2012
The Baha'i faith is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. The faith has found a home in Mount Airy with one couple, Mike and Aida Champion, who after moving to the neighborhood three years ago, started hosting devotional ... 

Kirk, Durbin Baha’i Resolution Passes in the U.S. Senate by Unanimous Consent
ENews Park Forest - March 30, 2012 
The United States Senate last night unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) condemning the government of Iran for its state-sponsored persecution of its Baha'i minority. 

Higher education explored at ‘Education Under Fire’ screening, panel
The Oakland Post - March 28, 2012
The documentary deals with Iranians who, being denied the right to attend college by their government because of their Baha'i faith, attend an underground university called the Baha'i Institute of Higher Education. “Education Under Fire” was

CBS to Air Interfaith Religion Special
TVNEWSER - March 25, 2012
In a documentary slated to air next month, CBS will explore the history and traditions of three religions that remain a mystery to many Americans.  “What They Believe: Hindus, Zoroastrians, Bahá’ís,” an interfaith religion special, will air on Sunday, April 15 (times vary by market).

3 of Nashua Baha'is find appeal in its teachings
The Nashua Telegraph - March 26, 2012
NASHUA – When the son of the founder of the Baha'i faith visited the Gate. ... Part of a mobile hangs down with phrases key to the Baha'i Faith, Friday afternoon at the Baha'i Faith's Community Center at 184 Main Street in Nashua. Enlarge ...

Rainn Wilson: "The Internet is the future of spirituality"
CNN Tech - March 11, 2012
"Soul Pancake is really an expression of who I am as a human being," said the actor, a member of the Baha'i faith. "It's very important to me. It's very personal."

A Look into Baha’i Faith Burial Rites
Seven Ponds - March 15, 2012
Baha'i Lotus Temple The Bahá'í Faith is a monotheistic religion founded in 19th-century Persia which emphasizes the spiritual unity of humankind. An estimated 5 to 6 million Bahá'ís live in more than 200 countries around the world. In recent ...

Letter to the Editor, Rodgers
TriValley Central - March 13, 2012
Baha'is are banned by the Iranian government from attending universities. So in 1987, the believers there organized the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE). Students and teachers met in kitchens and living rooms to study college-level classes. The quality of coursework was such that it has been recognized and accepted by more than 50 universities outside of Iran.

Creating Diverse Connections: Director of Spiritual Life Jan Saeed
The Forum - March 5, 2012
Her mom became a Baha'i when she was in first grade and her father followed. Before ... Baha'i brings people of all faiths together. ... In 2002 during the Winter Olympics Saeed was a chaplain for the athletes and represented the Baha'i faith.

“Education Under Fire” screening throws light on Baha’i persecution in Iran
The Mount Holyoke News - March 1, 2012
The Baha'i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE) was covertly established in 1987 following repeated raids and arrests of Baha'i teachers and students. Admission forms in Iranian schools required students to declare their religion, allowing ...

The Baha’i in Egypt and Egypt’s Future
Council on Foreign Relations - February 20, 2012
Abrams gives his take on U.S. foreign policy, with special focus on the Middle East and democracy and human rights issues.

UNL grad student embraces Baha'i faith
Daily Nebraskan - February 9, 2012
For Vahedi, striving for unity is the main purpose of his life, because it is the main purpose of the religion he practices: the Baha'i Faith.

Former firefighter turns to artistic photography
Deerfield Review - January 31, 2012
Duszynski, who became a member of the Baha'i Faith, decided to restore a faded black and white image of `Abdu’l-Baha, a central figure in the religion, and digitally enhance it with color. The results were so good that the improved image was sanctioned by representatives of the faith.

Raising Global Consciousness through Education
The Forum - January 30, 2012
This discussion is based on the targeted members of the Baha'i Faith who are not receiving the chance of a higher education because of their religion. “There is going to be a 30 minute documentary about the religious freedom in Iran and how ...

Montgomery Council proposes 21 'days of commemoration'
The Washington Examiner - January 24, 2012
Some of the lesser known include the Festival of Ridvan, a Baha'i celebration commemorating the 12-day period when Baha'i founder Baha'u'llah became a prophet, and Magha Puja, which marks the day Buddha addressed a meeting of ...

Education under Fire for Baha'is in Iran
The Huntsville Times - January 20, 2012
Religious identification in the Islamic Republic of Iran is a multiple-choice question: Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Zoroastrian. But there is no box for “other” for the 300,000 or so members of the Baha’iFaith who live in Iran when they fill out government forms or work applications.

Wilmette's Baha'i Temple Hosts Seminar on Iran
Patch.com - December 13, 2011
By George Castle Human-rights violations and persecution against members of the Baha'i faith in Iran would likely be curbed only through ending the ... 

‘The Office’ Actor Rainn Wilson Promotes Freedom of Education in Iran
Artists Speak Out - November 15, 2011
Wilson, a follower of the Baha'i faith and a human rights activist, said that he is promoting the film because he believes humanity's highest calling is that of service. “One way [to serve] is to entertain and make people laugh by making an idiot of ...

Rainn Wilson Speaks with Boston University’s Dean Elmore About Education Under Fire
BostInnovation - November 15, 2011
On Friday, we told you Rainn Wilson would be at MIT promoting Education Under Fire, a 30-minute documentary that explores the universal right to higher education through the lens of the Baha'i community in Iran. After the initial screening, ...

A War Against Knowledge: “Education Under Fire” Comes to BU
BU School of Social Work - November 15, 2011
... Boston University School of Social Work adjunct professor and BRIDGE coordinator, associate clinical director for the Community of Legal Services and Counseling Center in Cambridge, Mass., and graduate of the Baha'i Institute for Higher ...

A Torrent Of Repression In Iran
Persecution.org - November 14, 2011
Seven Baha'i educators were sentenced to four or five years in prison for membership in a so-called "deviant sect" and for security crimes. All had taught at an institute for Baha'i students barred from university study because of their religion. ...

Ancient Hindu mantras read at Baha'u'llah's birthday in Nevada
PluzMedia - November 13, 2011
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed recited prayers from ancient Hindu scriptures at Baha'i Faith founder Baha'u'llah's 194th birth anniversary celebrations in Reno (Nevada, USA) on November 11. Zed, who is ...

Members of Baha'i Faith face persecution in Iran
Digital Journal - November 11, 2011
Failing to get official recognition, Iran's largest religious minority group Baha'i is facing persecution including denial to access education.

Rainn Wilson Visits MIT, Wheelock & Boston University To Discuss Education Under Fire
BostInnovation - November 11, 2011
For 30 years, members of the Baha'i community were denied their right to higher education by the Islamic Republic of Iran. The film focuses on the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE), a grassroots university system established to ...

Iran Punishes the Baha’i for the Crime Of Education
Council on Foreign Relations - October 18, 2011
Elliott Abrams's take on U.S. foreign policy, with special focus on the Middle East and democracy and human rights issues.

Baha’i religion strives to promote equality and right to education in Iran
Daily Nebraskan - October 18, 2011
The denial of higher education is the most pressing issue for Baha'i Student Association members, but they said it's not the only way the Iranian government is persecuting members of the Baha'i faith.

Credo: SHASTRI PURUSHOTMA
The Washington Examiner - October 14, 2011
But the messenger, called Baha'u'llah, arrived in 1863 and founded the Baha'i Faith, which now has about five million followers in more than 200 countries, making it the second-most widespread religion next to Christianity. Shastri Purushotma ...

The Fight For Access to Higher Education in Iran
NIAC Insight - October 11, 2011
In particular, members of the Baha'i Faith (Iran's largest religious minority) have been denied access to higher education, essentially blocking their ability to pursue a professional career. Some will attempt to flee the country to attend University ...

State Department Releases Annual Report on Religious Freedom
The Lincoln Tribune - September 14, 2001
An example of the abuses can be see in the case of Mahtab Farid, whose father was arrested after he tried to circumvent a ban on university education for the Baha'i minority. "This is the picture of my Dad. This is from two years ago when he ...

Baha'i Scholars Await Trial in Iran
The Take Away - September 13, 2011
Eight members of the Baha'i religious minority are awaiting trial in Iran, after organizing the Baha'i Institute for Education, a place ...

Places That Work
MetropolisMag - September 12, 2011
The Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois stops you in your tracks. ... Once inside the house of worship, you learn form the signs and handouts about the building's structure, and how its spaces reflect the Baha'i philosophy. ...

North Shore religious leaders reissue statement on anniversary of terrorist attacks
TribLocal - Wilmette & Kenilworth - September 9, 2011
Religious Leaders Acting Together for Equality, or RELATE, is 52 religious leaders of Baha'i, Catholic, Jewish and Protestant denominations from 12 northern suburbs. Rev. Stephanie Perdew VanSlyke, senior pastor of First Congregational ...

Los Angeles ‘Pupil of the Eye’ Conference to Celebrate the Unique Gifts of African American Worshippers
rollingout.com - August 26, 2011
The Baha'i writings metaphorically compare black believers to the “pupil of the eye surrounded by the white,” explaining, “In this black pupil is seen the reflection of that which is before it, and through it the light of the spirit ...

Dalai Lama, Baha'is agree
Chicago Tribune - July 15, 2011
Robert Stockman, director, The Wilmette Institute on the Baha'i faith When the Dalai Lama visits Chicago this weekend, he will be interviewed by a distinguished panel of Jews, Christians, and Muslims about his faith and religion in ...

Scholars for Peace in the Middle East Board Demands Immediate Release of Faculty and Staff of the Baha'i Institute of Higher Education in Iran
PR Newswire - July 11, 2011
These acts are part of the Iranian government's explicit and well documented campaign to "block the progress and development" of the Iranian Baha'i ...

New Press Offers Bahá’í-themed Messages of Inspiration, Unity
Publishers Weekly - June 29, 2011
One Voice Press, a new publisher of Baha’i-themed inspirational literature based in the Baltimore area, is releasing its first book. The Flower at the End of the World by David Erickson (July) is a book of poetry and short fiction.

Baha'i Faith growing in The Woodlands
Your Houston News - June 22, 2011
“To be Baha'i means you have to accept all the divine messengers of God,” said Susan Daniels, one of the nine members elected to the general assembly of the Baha'i faith of South Montgomery County. The divine messengers include Abraham, Moses, Buddha, ...

Woodbridge singer attends Baha'i Choral Festival
Milford-Orange Bulletin - June 19, 2011
Devoted Woodbridge chorister Adair Luciani spent four days rehearsing and then singing before hundreds of people at the Fifth Annual Baha'i Choral Festival in Wilmette, Illinois. She joined close to 250 other talented voices from several nations ...

Baha'i plan Race Unity Day events
2TheAdvocate - June 11, 2011
By LEILA PITCHFORD-ENGLISH The Baton Rouge Baha'i community says it is hosting a “weekend dedicated to enjoying the diversity in our community and focusing on the benefits of unity” in conjunction with Race Unity Day. The events include a movie night, ...

Religious freedom threatened beyond Illinois
Chicago Tribune - June 8, 2011
Mark Kirk recently called on the international community to “strongly condemn” Iran's raids on the Bahá'í Institute for Higher Education and pledged to “redouble our efforts in the Senate on behalf of the Iranian Baha'i community and all the citizens ...

Old Saybrook Singer Attends Major Baha'i Choral Festival Near Chicago
TheDay.com - June 2, 2011
OLD SAYBROOK, CT, June 2, 2011 – Devoted Old Saybrook chorister Valerie Smith spent four days rehearsing and then singing before hundreds of people at the 2011 Baha'i Choral Festival near Chicago. She joined close to 250 other talented voices from ...

Wilson, Winger support Tahirih benefit
The Washington Examiner - May 26, 2011
He added that while he may not be the typical poster boy for defending women's rights, it is an issue that he cares a great deal about, especially as a member of the Baha'i faith. "It's kind of a weird fit, right? Like why is this dorky paper salesman, ...

USCIRF condemns Iranian government attack on Baha’i education initiative
United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (press release) - May 24, 2011
Washington, DC – The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) strongly condemns the coordinated raids by Iranian authorities this weekend on numerous Baha'i homes and the arrests of more than a dozen Baha'is who have been part of an ...

Obama Speech Sparks Iran, Syria Crackdowns
Newsmax.com - May 24, 2011
Also over the weekend, the Iranian authorities launched coordinated attacks on the Baha'i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE) and the homes of professors, according to Iran Press Watch, a media outlet of the Baha'i community.

S.C. Baha'is Celebrate the Gift of Bab
Patch.com - May 23, 2011
By Jamal Al-Sarraf | Email the author | 3:51pm More than 100 Baha'i followers gathered at the Baha'i center in San Clemente on Sunday to celebrate the Declaration of Bab's 167th anniversary. In 1844, the story goes, a scholar visited Shiraz, Iran, ...

Baha’i Center Celebrates Faith’s Origins
Patch.com - May 21, 2011
By Adam Townsend | Email the author | 12:38pm The Baha'i faith is 168 years old—a young whippersnapper compared with Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism. Baha'is, by the way, consider all those religions to be valid.

Repression and Resistance in Iran
Voice of America - May 20, 2011
The seven leaders of Iran's Baha'i community. In the Middle East, the use of military force against peaceful protesters by governments determined to cling to power has rightly captured the attention and the condemnation of the world. ...

Woman's Hardship, Daughter's Deliverance
The Ledger - May 13, 2011
The story, as revealed over several hours by Nahid Sabet, began on the day 40 years earlier in Tehran, Iran, when, as a 15-year-old, she converted from her family's Muslim faith to the Baha'i religion. Baha'ism had emerged a century earlier, ...

Gerald Filson: Iran prisoners mark third year in confinement
National Post - May 13, 2011
May 14th marks the third anniversary of the imprisonment of seven leaders of Iran's Baha'i community. After an illegal 30-month detention in Tehran's Evin Prison, the seven were tried and sentenced in August 2010. They had been members of a group ...

Baha'i official visits here
St. Augustine Record - May 13, 2011
Handly Caraway, from left; Dale Fores, Patrick Kelly, LiLi Shang at the recent Baha'i meeting. Contributed photo A delegation from the local Baha'i community recently met with Patrick Kelly, district representative in Rep. John Mica's office in St. ...

Actor from TV's ‘The Office' promotes book at Saddleback College
OCRegister - May 9, 2011
The event, hosted by Saddleback College's Baha'i Club, invited Wilson, a member of the Baha'i faith, to speak about his inspiration for writing the book as well as share about his personal spiritual journey. Wilson spoke for about 45 minutes, ...

U.S. Baha'is Elect National Governing Body
Creedible - May 5, 2011
The Baha'i Faith has no clergy, and its affairs are administered by a network of elected lay councils at the international, national and local levels. Baha'i National and Local Spiritual Assemblies are elected each year during the ...

Area Baha’is celebrate “12th day of Ridvan”
ThisIsReno - May 3, 2011
Baha'i administrative year begins on the first day of Ridvan. Said to be youngest of the world's independent monotheistic religions, Baha'i Faith, founded in Iran in 1844, has over five million followers. Print; Send it ...

Club profile: Baha'i group encourages service
St. Cloud Times - May 1, 2011
Kay Vinje, Bette Bartos and Joel Bartos celebrate “Naw Ruz,” the Baha'i new year, on March 21. / Jennifer Schwanberg Organization: The Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i of St. Cloud. Source: Jennifer Schwanberg, member of the Baha'i faith for 40 ...

Local Baha'i celebrate Festival of Ridvan
Gilroy Dispatch - April 29, 2011
A good example of the latter is the Baha'i faith. On April 20, the Baha'is of Gilroy joined the international Baha'i community of five million members living in 189 countries and 46 territories to celebrate the festival of Ridvan, designated by ...

Wilmette Baha'is elect Local Spiritual Assembly
TribLocal - April 27, 2011
By Ellen Price Community Member Today at 12:48 am The Wilmette Baha'i community recently elected its nine-member governing council for 2011-2012. The new Local Spiritual Assembly includes:(standing, L to R) Jim Barnes, Van Gilmer, Edward Price, ...

Community Associates of the Art Institute conclude Programming Year with a Visit to Wilmette's Baha'i Temple

TribLocal - April 23, 2011
The Winnetka Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago will offer their final program of the 2010-2011 programming year with a visit May 11 to the Baha'i House of Worship. Led by Candace Hill, author of the Images of America series' book, ...

WEST WINDSOR: Local Baha’i group elects a Spritual Assembly
The Princeton Packet - April 21, 2011
By Allison Musante, Staff Writer WEST WINDSOR - When Bryn Mulligan turned to the Baha'i faith 20 years ago, she said it felt much like her Christian upbringing - "just newer, updated." She explains the Baha'i fundamental belief of the "oneness

Baha'is celebrate first day of Festival of Ridvan today
Lancaster Online - April 19, 2011
"All we do is designed to bring unity, a new civilization, heaven on earth," said Judith Washington, a member of the Baha'i community in Lancaster. Baha'is don't proselytize, and they avoid divisiveness like the plague. ...

Baha'i in county celebrates new year
St. Augustine Record - April 15, 2011
St. Johns County Baha'is met in Ponte Vedra Beach recently to celebrate the dawn of the 168th year of the Baha'i or "Badi" calendar signaling the end of the 19-day fast. This holiday, Naw Ruz, is held on the vernal equinox and has been observed since ...

Volunteers bag city’s litter

Columbia Daily Tribune - April 10, 2011
Nick Okamoto wipes his brow Saturday as he picks up litter in a creek along West Broadway with members of the Rothwell Heights subdivision and the Baha'i Faith.  Traveling through Columbia around noon yesterday, one might have seen ...

Religious Persecution in Iran
Voice of America - April 6, 2011
The seven imprisoned leaders of Iran's Baha'i community have had a 20 year sentence reimposed, after authorities reversed an earlier decision to cut that term in half. "We're deeply troubled about reports coming out of Iran that a 20 year sentence of ...

Letter: Baha'i celebrates the New Year
Gilroy Dispatch - March 29, 2011
By The Community After 19 days of fasting, the Baha'is in Gilroy celebrated Naw-Ruz, the Baha'i New Year after sundown on March 20, the eve of the vernal equinox. Thousands across the US communities, celebrated the ancient New Year festival celebrated ...


Spiritual Journey for Samineh Hiebert, Baha'i

The Huntsville Times - March 25, 2011
By From The Huntsville Times Robin Conn / The Huntsville TimesSamineh Hiebert holds grass she has been growing for Nawruz, the Baha'i New Year, celebrated this week. The grass symbolizes the new life of springtime. Behind her is a painting of one of ...

Odyssey Networks add Baha'i Faith to mobile app
Orlando Sentinel - March 22, 2011
Odyssey Networks has added the Baha'i Faith to it's Call of Faith app, which features six channels of Odyssey content and eight channels of content programmed by Odyssey members. The Baha'i Channel will feature videos about Baha'i teachings, ...

Spring Marks a New Year for Boston's Baha'i Community
Patch.com - March 22, 2011
The Baha'i Center on Albany Street hosts prayer meetings, study groups, children's classes, and regional conferences. Baha'is hope to grow in South End Center. By Arezu Sarvestani | Email the author | 2:30pm On Sunday, spring finally arrived.


Religious fasts present spiritual significance for students

Daily Pennsylvanian - March 18, 2011
But that is exactly what College junior Gabby Abrishamian-Garcia does during the Baha'i fasting period, which calls for the devout to reflect on their spirituality and abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset. The Baha'i fasting period is


Baha'is prepare for new year at start of spring

PennLive.com - March 17, 2011
JOHN C. WHITEHEAD, The Patriot-NewsBehzad Zandieh of Harrisburg, a member of the Spiritual Assembly of Baha'is of Harrisburg, prepares for Naw Ruz, the Baha'i new year. The eve of the vernal equinox marks the end of the annual Baha'i 19-day fast.

Former Moscow resident Harold Rosen returns to discuss his new book on world religions
DNews - March 17, 2011
Rosen, a former Moscow Unitarian minister who now lives near Vancouver, B.C., will speak Sunday and Monday in Moscow and read from and discuss his new book "Founders of Faith: The Parallel Lives of God's Messengers."

A Special Rapporteur Needed For Iran
Voice of America - March 16, 2011
As an example of the ongoing repression in Iran, an undisclosed number of people have recently been arrested for supposedly preaching the Baha'i faith in several Iranian cities. Bahai's are the largest non-Muslim religious minority in Iran. ...

Fasting a tradition for multiple faiths

Tampa Bay Online - March 11, 2011
The Baha'i Faith Bibles are seen gathered on this table. Members of the faith are in the middle of a 19-day fast that began March 2. By MICHELLE BEARDEN | The Tampa Tribune On Wednesday, Catholics and several other Christian denominations began ...


Baha'is celebrate holy period with 19-day fast and New Year

Minneapolis Star Tribune - March 7, 2011
America's Baha'i community celebrates a major holy period Feb. 26 to March 21 with preparation, 19-days of daytime fasting and the Baha'i New Year. From Feb. 26–March 1, Baha'is prepare for their important fasting period through celebration, ...

Comparing religious organizations on campus
The Daily Titan - March 3, 2011
According to Bahai.org, the Baha'i faith believes God is setting historical forces that are breaking down the barriers between race, class and nation, ultimately uniting all civilizations. When first hearing about the Baha'i faith, ...


Baha'i faithful begin 19 day fast in preparation for new year

AnnArbor.com - March 2, 2011
26 to March 21 with preparation, 19 days of daytime fasting and the Baha'i New Year. Between Feb. 26 and March 1, Baha'is enjoyed a period of celebration, hospitality, charity and gift giving, with a family celebration and brunch at the Baha'i Center ...

Illinois Lawmakers Introduce House and Senate Resolutions Condemning Iran's Continued Persecution of Baha'i Minority
eNews Park Forest - March 1, 2011
Baha'is comprise the largest religious minority in Iran, where the Baha'i religion was founded in the 19th century. According to the 2010 US State Department International Religious Freedom Report, “Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, more than 200
...

Interfaith devotional
Montgomery Advertiser -
February 26, 2011
Members of the Montgomery Bahá'i Assembly held an interfaith devotional late last week to pray for seven Iranian Bahá'i leaders who've been jailed in Iran because of their religious beliefs. The group, which included the Rev. ...

Baha’i faith begins holy days Saturday
Orlando Sentinel - February, 21 2011
Read the Religion World blog to celebrate and engage the smorgasbord of spirituality that exists in Central Florida. Our purpose is to be informative.

Local Baha’i Children Host Canned Fruit Drive for Moraine Township Food Pantry

TribLocal - February 20, 2011
By Elizabeth Marquardt Yesterday at 8:54 am The Baha'i faith believes that all humanity is one, that God is one, and that all religions are one. You may have seen the beautiful Baha'i temple in Wilmette, near Lake Michigan. Here in Highland Park and ...

Songs of the Revolution: A Bahrain Website Mixes Music and Activism

TIME - February 15, 2011
One promotional spot, a jazzy ad done in the style of a tourism commercial about the persecution of the Baha'i' minority in Egypt got thousands of hits within the first few days. "People were talking about it because Muslims were doing it. ...


Presentation explains, celebrates Baha’i history

Daily Northwestern - February 15, 2011
Lewis Walker, an assistant archivist for the Baha'i House of Worship for the North American Continent in Wilmette, gave a lecture in Parkes Hall, ...

Student assembly rejects club request
The Apache Pow Wow - February 12, 2011
ETMC clinic on campus and Baha'i Club sponsor. "Basically there are the three promises that we all try to live up to." After History professor and Baha'i ...

Leesburg Martin Luther King Memorials Dedicated
Leesburg Today - February 12, 2011
The "I Have A Dream" Committee was established in 1992 by the Loudoun Douglass Alumni Association, the Baha'i Community of Loudoun, the Loudoun County ...


Baha'is lobby U.S. commission to help them survive in Iran
CNN - February 11, 2011
Eric Marrapodi reports that family members of Baha'is currently imprisoned in Iran met with the commissioners and reporters to tell their story of how their family members were arrested, tried and imprisoned on false charges.

Assault On Rights In Iran
Voice of America - February 11, 2011
Mr. Khanjani, who is a member of the Baha'i community, had been barred from university studies because of his religion. There are credible reports that ...


Baha'is Press Case of Relatives Imprisoned In Iran
The Huffington Post - February 9, 2010
Kamalabadi and three other Baha'i representatives -- all of whom have family in prison -- spoke at a special session of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and also met with Amnesty International.


Rep. Frank Wolf on Pushing for Reform in Egypt

The Atlantic - February 8, 2011
"If you're a Baha'i, you can't even really get a driver's license, because on your ID you're either a Muslim or a Christian." Two weeks ago, as unrest ...

Surviving oppression in Iran, working toward degree at MCC
Mesa Legend - February 8, 2011
Moradipour is a member of the Baha'i faith. It is a religion that has close to five million members spread throughout 236 countries. ...


Local Baha'is react to sentencing

Indiana Daily Student - February 2, 2011
By Lubna Safi | IDS Graduate student and Baha'i member Blair Johnson spoke about the persecution of the seven Baha'i leaders in Iran. ...


YOUR TURN: Baha’i faith group speaks against religious persecution
Ball State Daily News - January 27, 2011
Related to these events is a continuing human rights issue of great concern to members of the Baha'i religion in Muncie involving seven members of the ...


Rep. Frank Wolf Introduces Bill To Protect Religious Minorities
The State Column - January 27, 2011
According to the Baha'i World News Service, some 335 Baha'is have been arrested in Iran on account of their religious beliefs. Seven leaders of the Baha'i ...

Baha’i Club to host Interfaith Panel
Lariat Saddleback College - January 22, 2011
As part of Diversity Week, Saddleback College will host its first, and possibly only, Interfaith Panel hosted by the Baha'i Club on Thursday from 4 pm to 6 ...

Jan. 18 letters - We are one
The Times of Trenton, NJ - January 18, 2011
From the early days of its establishment in the United States (1890s), the Baha'i community has taken a strong stand to affirm racial equality. ...


Baha'is holding 'drop-in' prayer
Louisville Courier-Journal - January 16, 2011
This is a participatory prayer gathering,” said Nancy Harris, a member of the administrative body of the local Baha'i community. The Baha'i faith is a ...


Baha’is want to promote acceptance
The Advocate - January 15, 2011
By TERRY ROBINSON One of the basic principles of the Baha'i faith is its tolerance of other religions, followers say. That's why Sunday's World Religion Day ...

Embracing diversity
West University Buzz - January 2011
My family observed the Baha’i Faith, a religion based on the belief that all humanity was created by one God and is part of one human race. Baha’is believe in fellowship with people of all religious beliefs with no prejudice.

Memory of King strong in march

Martinsburg Journal - January 10, 2011
Sponsored by the Jefferson County branch of the NAACP, the march began at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Charles Town and ended at Ranson's Baha'i Faith ...

Local Baha'is offer prayers for Iranian prisoners
Colorado Springs Gazette - January 9, 2011
Heads bowed and eyes closed, more than 40 Baha'is joined Sunday in a special prayer service at the Colorado Springs Baha'i Center in honor of those seven ...

Needham to bring back Martin Luther King Day celebration
Needham Times - January 6, 2011
Ramin Abrishamian is the leader of the small Baha'i community in Needham. He also serves as this year's chairman of the Needham Clergy Association. ...


Imprisoned In Iran: Local Family Battles Religious Persecution Overseas
KZTV Action 10 News - Janaury 2, 2010
And there were always very revolutionary ideas, like equality of men and woman was one of the essential teachings of the Baha'i faith," she explained. ...


Dr William M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine Student Featured in APMA Outreach Campaign, Today's Podiatris

PR Web - December 15, 2010
But as a member of the Baha'I faith, she was banned from attending a university. Her parents decided to move the family to the US Sadeghi didn't speak ...

Religious Refugee Makes a Difference
SMU Daily Mustang - December 13, 2010
In less than four months this year, he implemented 13 junior youth groups in Dallas County as part of a worldwide Baha'i Faith spiritual empowerment initiative. His goal is to establish 20 groups by April 2011 and he is corresponding ...

Getting spiritual
Diamondback Online - December 11, 2010
He grew up in a "Baha'i household in suburban Seattle with a father who was a sewer truck dispatcher/abstract painter/science-fiction novelist," according ...

Helen Thomas has spent 50 years uniting races through her faith

The Herald I HeraldOnline.com - December 11, 2010
By Julie Graham - Special to The Herald The 83-year-old Rock Hill woman is a follower of the Baha'i faith, a monotheistic religion founded 150 years ago in ...


Iran’s Other War

Pajamas Media - December 9, 2010
The nation-state of one of the world’s oldest religions now hosts the holiest site of one of the newest, and the nation where the Bahai Faith was born vows to destroy the nation where the Bahai Faith had to migrate.

Local girl wins Baha’i essay contest
Sequim Gazette - December 8, 2010
Jessica Craig, a seventh-grade student at Sequim Middle School, won the Baha'i Assembly of Clallam County East essay contest in recognition of United ...

Bahai’ club promotes oneness at interfaith meeting
Lariat Saddleback College - December 6, 2010
Zimmerman was formerly the Baha'i Club faculty advisor at University of California Irvine for 22 years before coming to Saddleback last year. ...


Will the doctor fill potholes or get a potbelly?
Daily Monitor - December 5, 2010
In an interesting statement about good governance the Baha'i International community made a few suggestions in the following statement: “Good governance is ...

Proposed mosque wins Temecula Planning Commission's support
Los Angeles Times - December 3, 2010
"Many good people came to support it — Christians, Jews, Baha'is, you name it," Hadi Nael, chairman of the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley, said Thursday. "I'm proud of that as an American citizen. It shows that justice prevails.

'What does it mean to be free?': Iranian artist to read from first novel in Hoboken

The Jersey Journal - December 2, 2010
Movafegh's family is Baha'i, a new world religion born in Iran. Years later, Movafegh, who now lives in Jersey City, has collected her experiences into an ...

Human Rights Day event to focus on treatment of Baha’is in Iran
TribLocal - December 1, 2010
9 will focus on the treatment of members of the Baha'i faith living in Iran. Co-hosted by Amnesty International and local Baha'i assemblies from Evanston, ...

Evanston Human Rights Day Forum Demands Freedom for Seven Iranian Baha'is

Evanston Review - November 23, 2010
Amnesty International and local Baha'i assemblies will observe Human Rights Day -- with an Evanston forum demanding freedom for seven Iranian Baha'i leaders ...

Baha'i Faith Founded in Persia, alive and well in Nevada County
The Union - Nov 19, 2010
Earlier this month, the faithful met in Nevada City to celebrate the birthday of the religion's founder, Bahá'u'lláh, whom they consider God's divine messenger. A few dozen Nevada County Bahá'ís meet every Sunday for services and are part of a larger, worldwide assembly ...

UNL professor stresses human rights protection
Daily Nabraskan - November 19, 2010
Baha'i, the religion he grew up with, always stressed unity and understanding. " That led me to want to study human rights," he said. His journey took him to the UN and around the world with various research projects. ...

In My View: When faiths clash, love must always win out
Green Valley News and Sun - November 13, 2010
Religion seems to divide more than unify; to promote more suspicion and distrust than love; to justify war over peace. How has religion become so distorted? Unawareness of certain truths about religion has allowed this to happen.

Baha'is celebrate the brith of Baha'u'llah
NorthJersey.com - November 11, 2010
The anniversary of the birth of Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha'i Faith, is celebrated on Nov. 12. Baha'u'llah, whose given name was Mirza Husayn-Ali, ...

Founders of Faith: The Parallel Lives of God's Messengers
PR Web - November 8, 2010
And Baha'u'llah – founder of the Baha'i Faith -- claimed to fulfill the promises of Abraham, Moses, David, Zoroaster, Isaiah, Jesus and Muhammad.

Local Baha'is present interfaith spiritual gatherings for mutual support
Tehachapi News - Novemebr 6, 2010
This video is about the purpose of the Baha'i interfaith devotional gatherings. To watch the whole short film about the Baha'i interfaith devotional ...

Baha'is to observe 193rd anniversary of birth of Baha'u'llah
Sheboygan Press - November 5, 2010
The Baha'i community of Sheboygan will observe the 193rd anniversary of the birth of Baha'u'llah, prophet-founder of the Baha'i faith, Friday, Nov. 12. ...

Concert helps foster unity
St. Albert Gazette - November 3, 2010
Araz is one of many acts performing at the 17th Annual Unity in Diversity concert hosted by St. Albert Baha'i on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Arden Theatre. ...


Unlimited Horizons: County Baha'is pray for safety of fellow believers in Iran

Ventura County Star - November 2, 2010
The Encyclopedia Brittanica Year Book states that the Baha'i faith is the second most widespread religion in the world. There are 6 million Baha'is around ...

Area Bahai’s prepare to celebrate founder’s birthday
Sammamish Review - November 1, 2010
Baha'i
is an independent, monotheistic religion and is based on Baha'u'llah's writings and teachings. It has more than five million adherents in 236 ...

Multi-faith prayer vigil calls for release of Baha’i prisoners
Grand Praire Reporter - October 30, 2010
Dr. Rolando L. Maddela, Chair of the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i of Grand Prairie, speaks to members of various faiths that gathered Saturday afternoon for a prayer vigil for seven Baha'i members held in an Iran prison. ...

The Bird Is the Word
Weekly Alibi - October 28, 2010
For Sutton, a Bahá'i member, the core message in The Hidden Words is basically: “You are a spiritual being, you are not a material being. ...


New RSO aims to unite students of all faiths and cultural backgrounds

The Daily of the University of Washington - October 26, 2010
A spectrum of faiths were represented at the meeting, from all the major religions to the minority faiths, such as Coptic Orthodox from Egypt and Baha'i...

Baha'is celebrate the Birth of the Bab
Frederick News Post - October 23, 2010
"Baha'is are the most peace-loving people in any country," said Susan Haines, Baha'i Faith of Frederick public information officer. To a Baha'i one is a ...

Google Doodle and the legendary Dizzy Gillespie
USANewsWeek.com - October 22, 2010
Deep inside his cheerful nature, was hidden a wise intelligent man who became a follower of the Baha'i faith in 1968.He wrote a number of songs in his jazzy ...

Thames Valley Baha’i Community members open up their hearts
PRLog.Org - October 22, 2010
Thames Valley Baha'i Community has launched 'Time to Unwind' prayer and meditation devotional evenings for people to ...

School briefs

Sequim Gazette - October 20, 2010
The Baha'i Assembly of Clallam County East is sponsoring a writing contest for students at Sequim Middle School in honor of United Nations Human Rights Day ...

Faiths gather in South Bend
South Bend Tribune - October 18, 2010
Leaders from Baha'i, Buddhist, Catholic, Islamic, Jewish, Mozambican, Protestant and nondenominational faiths offered prayers from each of their faiths. ...

Baha'is to celebrate birthday of the Bab on Oct. 20
Sheboygan Press - October 15, 2010
The Baha'i community Sheboygan will celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the Bab on Wednesday, Oct. 20. Baha'is believe the Bab was the first of two ...

Baha'is ask Congress to speak out for imprisoned Iranian Baha'i leaders
St. Augustine Record - October 15, 2010
The seven Baha'i leaders, members of the Yaran (Friends), an ad hoc national coordinating council representingIran's Baha'is, were sentenced to 20 years in ...

Religion helped journalist endure imprisonment in Iran
Austin American-Statesman - October 15, 2010
Through the faith of her fellow prisoners, including Baha'i and Muslim women, Saberi says she found courage and began to understand the meaning of truth, ...

Interfaith Gathering Focuses on Women
Burke Connection - October 14, 2010
Religious representatives from the Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, and Islamic faiths had equal time to describe the pillars of their faiths and their women of ...

Historic Baha'i House damaged in storm
NorthJersey.com - October 14, 2010
The house is part of the estate belonging to the Baha'i faith. Three trees bordering the east side of the house fell in succession, damaging the roof and ...

Journalist Roxana Saberi speaks of time in Iranian prison

The Journal News, LoHud.com - October 13, 2010
...
blogger Hossein Derakhshan, serving a prison term of 19 1/2 years, and seven leaders of the minority Baha'i faith who were sentenced to 20 years. ...

In the Mideast, An Online Music Site With A Message
NPR - October 12, 2010
She cites an Iranian rapper named Foad Manshady, of the Baha'i faith, who takes risks to relate the problems of being a religious minority in Iran...

Iran sentences Baha'i aide to Nobel laureate to 2 years in jail
CNN International - October 2, 2010
By the CNN Wire staff Tehran, Iran (CNN) -- A Baha'i assistant of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has been sentenced to two years in prison in Iran, ...


Baha'i event focuses on human rights in Iran
Coquitlam Now - October 1, 2010
The Tri-Cities Baha'i community believes seven members of their faith are wrongly imprisoned in Iran, and they're hoping to draw attention to the prisoners' ...


Baha’i faith melds many religions

The Crimson White, September 28, 2010
However, there is a religion that combines facets of all these religions that is not as easily recognizable: Baha'i. Mallory Flowers, a sophomore majoring ...

Mailbag: A nonpolitical religion
Albany Democrat Herald - September 25, 2010
However, when he states, “It is impossible to separate religion from politics,” perhaps he is unaware of the nonpolitical religious system of the Baha'i ...

Iran halves 20-year jail terms for seven Baha'i
Hurriyet Daily News - September 22, 2010
Iran has cut jail terms imposed on seven leading members of the country's Baha'i religious minority from 20 to 10 years, French members of the faith said ...

Two Baha'i Elections

Examiner – Topeka, K.S. - November 4, 2009
This weekend I participated in two Baha’i elections, each very different from the other. In the Baha’i community there is no clergy...

Orinda Families Seek Release of Relatives Held in Iran
(a PDF doc.)
The Orinda News - Orinda, C.A. - November 2009
“All members of the Orinda Baha’i community are deeply concerned for their coreligionists in Iran.” Massoud Fanaieyan, information officer for the local spiritual assembly of the Baha’i of Orinda, is related to one of the seven Yaran. His cousin Khanjani...

On Faith: How do we measure sacrifice? Peninsula Gateway- Gig Harbor, WA - August 5, 2009
The Baha'i community in Gig Harbor had a two-hour concert at Skansie Park on July 26 in honor of the Baha'i believers in Iran who are sacrificing their ...

The fate of 7 imprisoned Iranian Baha'is lost in the Iranian election coverage
StarNews - Wilmington, N.C. - August 4, 2009
Local Baha’i believer, Zia Hashemi, a doctor at Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport, called me a few weeks ago...

Cambridge interfaith group talks race
Boston Globe- August 3, 2009
William H. Smith, who attended the Unity Cambridge service as a representative of the Baha'i religious community, said he believed that the turmoil ...

Dentist grins at life
Charleston Gazette, W. V. - August 2, 2009
Radiant with contentment, she reflects a deep commitment to the Baha'i Faith. She worships here with an intimate religious community of no more than 40 ...

Exiled Iranian Baha'i members pay tribute to executed friends
Sacramento Bee- July 31, 2009
Hesam Sabetian and dozens of other Baha'i immigrants from Iran took a tearful trip down memory lane at the Arcade Learning Library in ...

Iran's abuses extend far beyond mistreating protesters
World Focus- July 29, 2009
The good news is that since the June 12 elections in Iran, much of the world has been exposed to the egregious human rights abuses committed by the Islamic Republic of Iran...

IRAN: Baha'i woman is among seven awaiting trial
Los Angeles TImes- July 28, 2009
Iraj Kamalabadi of Rancho Cucamonga constantly worries about his sister Fariba Kamalabadi, who is sitting in Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison...

Two countries are worlds apart for Bahai faithful
Los Angeles Times- July 27, 2009
Local members struggle to cope with the hardships of their brethren in Iran, who are barred from government jobs, higher education and practicing their...

Faiths unite to feed need in community
The Tennessean - Nashville,TN- July 26, 2009
At the Bahá'i Center of Nashville, Sepehr Homayoon likes to prepare a special quiche for meetings. Studded with red cabbage, onion and cauliflower, ...

Baha'is hope to shine light on Iran's abuses
Arizona Daily Star- July 25, 2009
The Baha'i faith is only 165 years old, an infant compared to the ancient history of Iran, where it was founded...

A new take on democracy
Examiner.com- July 25, 2009
I recently discovered that the Baha'i Faith selects their leaders democratically and that they do it without campaigns, parties, nominations, platforms, ...

Baha'i perspective on raising children
Examiner.com - July 24, 2009
While some religious factions choose to argue over the interpretation of sacred text regarding corporal punishment, the Baha'i Faith asks all parents ...

Vigil Honors Imprisoned Baha'is
The Morning News- Fayetteville, AR- July 23, 2009
Area Baha'is gathered Monday in support of seven Iranian Baha'is imprisoned in Tehran...

Baha'i response to oppression in Iran
Examiner.com - July 23, 2009
Sacramento Baha'i Examiner: This article provides a clarified explanation of why Baha'is do not participate in protests of any sort, ...

Freedom for the Baha'i
PSU Daily Vanguard - Portland,OR- July 21, 2009
Baha'i imprisoned in Tehran: Top from left:Fariba Kamalabadi, Vahid Tizfahm, Jamalodin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi and Mahvash Sabet. Bottom from left: Behrouz ...

A path of morals and equality
Glendale News Press- July 21, 2009 
Aerospace and nautical engineer declared himself member of Baha'i faith...

Germantown woman shares story of uncle imprisoned in Iran
Business Gazette - Gaithersburg,MD- July 15, 2009 
Monir Khanjani speaks to Baha'i members at a prayer service at a Germantown residence about her uncle, who is being held in ...

Free Baha'i Leaders Held In Iran
Voice of America - July 15, 2009
According to the Baha'i World News Service, their families were recently informed by authorities that the trial was delayed. The seven Baha'i leaders ...

Reports: Trial of Baha'is delayed in Iran
CNN International - July 14, 2009
A death-penalty trial of seven Baha'i prisoners accused of spying for Israel has been delayed, Iranian officials have told family members, ...

Trial for seven Baha'is in Iran reportedly delayed
WashingtonTV - Washington, DC- July 13, 2009 
The trial of seven jailed members of the banned Baha'i faith in Iran has been delayed, officials reportedly told their ...

Baha'is mark their prophet's execution
Toledo Blade - Toledo,OH- July 11, 2009
Participants also received an update on the fate of seven Baha'i leaders imprisoned in Iran and reportedly scheduled to go on trial today. ...

A Baha'i Perspective | Valley Free Radio
By webcom@valleyfreeradio.org - July 11, 2009
Warren Odess-Gillett interviews Judy Soaring Hawk. Judy is the product of a mixed marriage. Her father is native American and her mother is white...

Commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Báb
Examiner.com - July 11, 2009
From that day forward, he was known as the Báb. On July 9, 2009 , Baha'i communities all over the world honored the sacrificial death of one of the ...

US panel demands release of Baha'is facing trial in Iran
CNN International - July 10, 2009
Seven Baha'i prisoners face a death-penalty trial Saturday in Iran amid calls for their release from a US panel on religious freedom. ...

AJC: Where's the Outrage over Iran's Baha'i Show Trial?
American Jewish Committee- July 10, 2009
AJC urged widespread international condemnation of tomorrow's trial of seven members of the Baha'i faith in Iran, ...

Trial for 7 in Iran hits home for Houston-area family
Houston Chronicle - July 10, 2009
Kamal Khanjani's brother Jamaloddin and six other Baha'i members, seen in the photo he's holding, on Saturday will go on trial for their ...

US panel demands Iran release 7 Baha'is on trial
The Associated Press- July 9, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) — A US government agency is demanding that Iran release seven Baha'i prisoners rather than submit them to trials on charges of spying for ...

On Faith: Religious freedom isn't free in all countries of the world
Peninsula Gateway - Gig Harbor,WA- July 8, 2009
They are members of the Baha'i Faith who espouse the oneness of God, the oneness of humanity, unity in diversity, and that all the major religions emanate ...

Slain cabdriver had fled Iran to avoid danger
Fort Worth Star Telegram - July 7, 2009
... Vatanpour had seen his share of danger in Iran, where he was persecuted for his religious beliefs as a member of the Baha'i faith, Lida Vatanpour said. ...

Messages of solace to Iran
Examiner.com - July 4, 2009
In spite of the devastating persecution, torture, executions and exile heaped upon the early Babi/Baha'i faithful, Baha'ullah wrote lovingly of Persia, ...

Fisher: Iranians fear for family back home
San Jose Mercury News - June 30, 2009
But just being Baha'i makes them suspect in Iran. "Everything that goes wrong in Iran," Roya says, "they somehow find a way to blame the Baha'is. ...

In tense Iran, human rights must be saved
SunJournal.com - Lewiston,ME- June 28, 2009
For more than a year, seven leaders of the Baha'i faith in Iran — a minority religion in the Islamic republic, with a mere 300000 members — have been ...

Local Baha'is pray for Iran
The State - Columbia,SC- June 28, 2009
The seven, like Matin, are members of the Baha'i Faith, which Iranian religious authorities view as a heretical religion and anathema to Islam. ...

'It's such a freedom'
Modesto Bee - Modesto,CA- June 28, 2009
Raised in the Baha'i faith in her native Iran, she came to this country with three of her sisters when she was 25 to escape the oppression. ...

Feast of Mercy (Rahmat)
Examiner.com - June 27, 2009
June 26th at sunset marks the third day of Rahmat, the month of Mercy on the Baha'i nineteen day calendar. The Sacramento community of Baha'is celebrated ...

Local Iranians calling for peace
Santa Monica Daily Press - Santa Monica,CA- June 26, 2009
Aghdas Hazi, a Santa Monica resident and member of the Baha'i Spiritual Assembly of Santa Monica, said the protests remind her of those in 1979. ...

Trial date set for seven jailed Baha'is in Iran
WashingtonTV - Washington,DC- June 24, 2009
Seven Iranian members of the banned Baha'i faith charged with “espionage for Israel” and other crimes are scheduled to be ...

Religious persecution in Iran is felt in America and across the world
Allentown Morning Call - Allentown,PA- June 24, 2009 
Among those women were members of the Baha'i Faith, whose adherents are routinely persecuted and arrested by the Iranian regime solely on religious grounds. ...

Time away from 'The Office' for faith
Bend Bulletin - Bend,OR- June 23, 2009
Wilson, who was raised in and continues to practice the Baha'i Faith, has said he's turned down “morally repugnant” roles. ...

From a Brookfield living room, prayers for peace, freedom
Brookfield Elm Grove Now - Waukesha,WI- June 23, 2009
The gathering, which ends with food, more tea and socializing later on, offers a glimpse into the Baha'i faith, the world's youngest independent religion ...

A chronicle of Hope
HollandSentinel.com - Holland,MI- June 19, 2009
Things changed slowly for Douglas as she took more and more interest in the Baha'i religion — an international faith that teaches that all major religions ...

Baha'i members from Iran closely watching election protests
Northwest Cable News - Portland,OR- June 18, 2009
Kutches is an officer of the Baha'i faith in Western Washington. Many members from Iran are watching the clashes with intense interest. ...

The Baha'i Faith, Iranian Elections and Social Media
Examiner.com - June 18, 2009
As a Baha'i, the elections have been of particular interest to me and many other Baha'is around the world, namely because there are a group of Baha'i women ...

Baha'is mark Race Unity Day with picnic, fellowship
Rapid City Journal - Rapid City,SD- June 15, 2009
Black Hills members of the Baha'i faith, a community of more than 5 million internationally, ...

Unity Day observed at HV Griffin Park
Shelbyville Times-Gazette - June 14, 2009
The event was the fourth Race Unity Day picnic sponsored by the Baha'i community Saturday at HV Griffin Park. The Baha'i faith is based on the premise that ...

Diversity on display at annual festival
Billings Gazette - MT, USA- June 14, 2009
Local members of the Baha'i faith staff a festival booth just about every year. It's a good match for the faith's teachings, which center on the idea of ...

Will Elections Loosen Iran's Grip?
Washington Post - June 11, 2009
I also got to know two Baha'i female leaders, who along with five male colleagues have been detained for more than a year without trial. ...

Chicago Baha'i community prays for change in Iran on eve of election
Examiner.com - June 10, 2009
According to the Baha'I World News Service, thousands more have suffered harassment, including many of the following human rights violations: This peaceful ...

America's “most challenging issue”: racism pt. 2
Examiner.com - June 10, 2009
The Baha'I International Community has stated: The Special Rapporteur states that the theories of racial superiority predicated on biological grounds have ...

America's “most challenging issue”: racism pt.1
Examiner.com - June 10, 2009
According to the Baha'i Writings, the legal and social remedies of the past represent the beginning of the healing process, not a decisive end of racial ...

Baha'i Community Calls For Peace In Iran
WFMZ-TV Online - Allentown, PA,- June 8, 2009
It's been more than a year since 7 leaders of the Baha'i religion were imprisoned in Iran. Now local followers of that faith are trying raise awareness, ...

Baha'is gather near Chicago
The Huntsville Times - Huntsville, AL- June 5, 2009
I just returned from the Baha'i National Convention, which I attended as one of 171 delegates from across the country. ...

Speaking of Faith: Many faiths in one
Boston Globe - June 2, 2009
I am a Baha'i which means I try to follow the teachings of Baha'u'llah in my day to day life. Baha'u'llah, who lived in the nineteenth century, ...

Baha'is rally for 7 jailed in Iran
Spartanburg Herald Journal  - May 30, 2009
It's been more than a year since seven Baha'i leaders were imprisoned in Iran...

Sabeti knows first-hand the pain of religious intolerance
Hays Daily News - May 27, 2009
Growing up in Tehran, Iran, Sabeti experienced first-hand the well-documented persecution of members of the Baha'i faith. "In school, other students start ...

Churches say premarital hoops offer spiritual, practical benefits
Savannah Morning News - May 23, 2009
In the Baha'i Faith, couples are expected to announce their engagement to the congregation and seek out the advice of members. Keri Daniel and her fiance ...

Observing the Declaration of the Ba'b in Sacramento
Examiner.com - May 23, 2009
Beginning at sunset on May 22, Baha'is from all around the world and in Sacramento, celebrated the 165th anniversary of the advent of the Baha'i Faith. ...

Americans 'shopping for religion'
Medill Reports - Chicago,IL- May 21, 2009
Ellen Price, assistant director of Baha'i's North American office of communications, said she began to think about her religious options in college. ...

Band's total far exceeds its parts
Charleston Post Courier - May 22, 2009
In an e-mail conversation earlier this week, Sutton, a member of the Baha'i faith, called their art improvised music. "I like to tell people we strive for ...

Imprisoned In Iran For Religious Belief
Voice of America - May 17, 2009
At least 30 members of the Baha'i community are in prison because of their faith, according to the Commission. Dozens are awaiting trial, while others have ...

Baha'is say jailed leaders in Iran face harsh new accusation
CNN - May 14, 2009
By Joe Sterling (CNN) -- Seven Baha'i leaders jailed in Iran face a possible new accusation that could lead to the death penalty, the religious group said ...

On faith: A source of new spiritual light
Peninsula Gateway - May 13, 2009
With more than 6 million adherents worldwide, the Baha'i Faith is an independent, world religion founded on the principles of the Oneness of God, ...

Seven Baha'is in Iran may face new charge
WashingtonTV - May 12, 2009
Seven members of the Baha'i faith, who have been detained in Iran for nearly one year, may face a new accusation, ...

6 Unique Religions Virtually Unknown To The West
BraveNewTraveler - May 6, 2009
I've been an active Baha'i ever since. Baha'i may sound exotic, but it deals with the needs of real people and the problems of the world. It has a unique form of community life and ways of solving problems using consultation. ...

A Baha'i Perspective
Valley Free Radio - May 2, 2009
Warren Odess-Gillett interviews Tim McLane, a Baha'i from the San Francisco bay area. He grew up in a very religious and social activist family...

A celebration of freedom
Daily Breeze - April 25, 2009
In the background is a portrait of Abdul-baha, the son of Baha'i's most important prophet, Baha'ullah...

Egyptians win the right to drop religion from ID cards | csmonitor.com
April 20, 2009
Rights activists say the decision on a case brought by Bahais is an historic first step towards a more inclusive definition of Egyptian identity.

Group celebrates equality of Baha'i faith

Bristol Press - April 19, 2009
By RALPH HOHMAN PLAINVILLE — It was 1965, Norene Robinson said, when she saw a spread about the Baha'i faith in a friend's copy of Ebony magazine. ...

IRAN: We'll Take Los Angeles
Strategy Page
- ‎Mar 7, 2009‎
More Bahai (a new religion, with Moslem roots, that emerged in Iran in the 19th century) are being arrested and accused of spying for Israel, or whatever. ...

In seasonal fast, Baha’i members pray for prisoners
Atlanta
Journal Constitution - ‎Mar 6, 2009‎
By Rebecca Rakoczy As Christians fast and pray during the 40 days of Lent, members of Atlanta’s Baha’i Faith community are also observing their annual ...

Claremont residents face uphill battle with the Iranian courts
Claremont
Courier - ‎Mar 6, 2009‎
Local members of the Baha'i faith, the largest minority group in Iran, are doing all they can to pressure Iranian government authorities to release 7 ...

RELIGION BRIEFS
SouthCoastToday.com
- ‎Mar 6, 2009‎
The seven Baha'i leaders had been held without charges since the spring of 2008 and have not had access to their lawyer, the Nobel Laureate, Sh