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Marker for DC’s first African American Baha’i is unveiled

Pocahontas Pope memorialized in graveside service She was the first African American Baha’i in Washington, DC. Now, 112 years later, Pocahontas Pope’s grave has a fitting marker. About 90 people gathered for the unveiling May 19 in a graveside ceremony at the National Harmony Memorial Park in Hyattsville, Maryland. Pope’s remains had been transferred there

Social justice, resilience and action form focus at ABS conference

A focus on social justice that so galvanized last year’s Association for Baha’i Studies – North America conference was obvious from the start of the 2019 ABS gathering Aug. 8-11 in Ottawa, Ontario.  “We welcome all of you here today to the ancient territory of the Algonquin people, who for over 200 years have received

Social Justice Film Series

The Social Justice Film Series is aimed at developing “person to person” meaningful conversations in the spiritual environs of the Temple on topics of social justice, and to raise up collaborators and protagonists from its neighborhoods. Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise — the story of iconic writer, poet, actress and civil rights activist whose

Social Justice Film Series

The Social Justice Film Series is aimed at developing “person to person” meaningful conversations in the spiritual environs of the Temple on topics of social justice, and to raise up collaborators and protagonists from its neighborhoods. 13th — a history of racial inequality in the US focusing on the disproportionate incarceration of African Americans.

Baha’i Chair at University of Maryland explores avenues to peacemaking

What is meaningful peacemaking, and how can it benefit from a discourse that embraces both religious insights and scientific methods?  As the Baha’i Chair for World Peace enters its 27th academic year at the University of Maryland, College Park, it continues to apply education, research and publications to an “integrative approach” to the needs of

Two prayer gatherings, one purpose: address racism

One is for African Americans, indigenous people, and other people of color. The other, conducted in the Persian language, is for people of Iranian origin. These Baha’i-initiated devotional gatherings in the Nashville, Tennessee, area create safe, supportive spaces for segments of the population to pray together and discuss issues and experiences relating to race. The

‘Gnats to eagles’: Hosting and promoting talk in SC brings new confidence

Conceived by Baha’is in upstate South Carolina and delivered by an international economist, a July talk on the importance of gender equality was three months in gestation. Those 90 days proved that the local Baha’i communities in greater Greenville are gaining the capacity to make their mark in any realm of community involvement. The best

Nashville study group experiences breakthrough in racial understanding

Carol Grady Mansour had been a reluctant participant in study circles designed to train people for Baha’i-initiated efforts to build community where they live. “I would participate in a course out of obedience or only if I couldn’t come up with a good excuse not to,” she reflects. “If the opposite of love is not

‘Henry Box Brown’ stirs vital conversations in Flint

It was a stage production and more. It gave voice to a community’s history and aspirations. It helped build relationships among people and groups that want to strengthen capacities. And it involved people of all ages in conversations surrounding it. With the initiative of Louhelen Baha’i School staff and collaboration with organizations and schools in

A reflection on interfaith service

By Randolph Dobbs It was the persecution of Baptist ministers in 18th-century Virginia that led to the First Amendment and the separation of church and state: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Mormons, Catholics, Jews and Muslims — all religions have suffered persecution at one

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