Baha’i House of Worship hosts memorial for Farzam Arbab

March 18, 2021
Baha’i House of Worship hosts memorial for Farzam Arbab

Farzam Arbab, a beloved former member of the Universal House of Justice, passed away suddenly on September 25, 2020, in San Diego.

To honor his memory, the Baha’i House of Worship for the North American Continent will livestream a virtual devotional program on Saturday, Mar. 27 at 7:00 p.m. CDT.

Broadcast Links: Youtube or Facebook Live

Arbab was born into a Baha’i family in Tehran, Iran in 1941 and studied in the United States before settling in Colombia.  He completed a BA at Amherst College, Massachusetts in 1964, and a doctorate in physics at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1968.

From 1970 until 1980 he served as the Chairman for the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Colombia. In 1980 he was appointed to the Continental Board of Counsellors for the Protection and Propagation of the Baha’i Faith in the Americas, on which he served for eight years. In 1988, he was named to the Baha’i International Teaching Centre, which has its seat in Haifa, Israel, and was a member of that body until 1993, when he was first elected to the Universal House of Justice, where he served for two decades.

The program honoring his memory will begin with prayers and musical selections recorded at the Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois. The program will include the reading of messages of condolence from:

–the Universal House of Justice, the international governing council of the Baha’i Faith
–the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States

There will be a video presentation honoring his life of service. A series of reminiscences will then be shared by friends who fondly remember him from their service together:  Daniel Duhart, Ann Boyles,  Gustavo Correa,  Joan Lincoln, and Benjamin Schewel.


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