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This news & events blog highlights recent activities in the DC Bahai community.

On February 9th, members of the DC Bahá'í community participated in the first-ever DC Young Adult Faith Leaders Summit. This interfaith gathering brought together representatives from numerous religious communities throughout the region to learn about each other's traditions, share experiences mobilizing their peers for community service, and strategize about how to more effectively work together across faith lines.

To learn more, watch this video or read this article in the Huffington Post about the event, written by DC Bahá'í and summit organizer Jack Gordon.

From The Smithsonian's blog 'Around The Mall':

In 1945, the Department of State held a competition to create an official Spanish translation of the National Anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner” using the original score. Because Spanish translations tend to be at least one and a half times the length of English originals, it was a daunting task. Other translations had already been done, according to Marvette Perez, curator of Latino History at the American History Museum, but none had successfully remained faithful to the anthem’s music and composition.

Enter Clotilde Arias, a Peruvian immigrant, composer and copywriter, who was dedicated to the Pan-American movement. Her winning entry became the official U.S. Spanish translation, but the work represented just a microcosm of a vast lifetime output from a woman, born in the Amazon River Basin who later not only became successful writing jingles and slogans on Madison Avenue but also became a musician, a journalist, an activist and an educator. Now largely forgotten, her incredible journey is the subject of a new American History Museum exhibit, “Not Lost in Translation: The Life of Clotilde Arias.”



Please join the DC Baha'i Community in celebrating the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh.  The celebration will be held on Sunday, November 11th, at 5:00 pm at the All Soul's Unitarian Church - Pierce Hall in NW (1500 Harvard St NW, Washington, DC 20009).  Please plan to arrive by 5:00 pm as we will begin promptly at 5:15 pm.


A Baha'i-inspired concert series returns!

Join us for a musical evening with talented songwriter, musician and producer JB Eckl.

JB has worked with such varied acts as Carlos Santana, WAR and Ozomatli. His solo sound is funky, worldly, and passionate. JB is also a founding member of the the Badasht Project, which has brought so much uplifting music into people's lives. Expect music, passion and soul when JB lights up the room. More on JB's music here:



Some Details:



Pleased to welcome Payam Akhavan, Professor of International Law from McGill University.

Professor Akhavan will discuss his recently released book, Reducing Genocide to Law, and offer his personal reflections.

*RSVP is requested

Date: Friday, November 4, 2012

Time: 7:30 refreshments & 8:00 fireside discussion

Location: 3239 N St NW #12

Contact: Sy Majidi This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (240) 418 - 6103


Speaker's Bio:

Payam Akhavan is Professor of International Law at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He received his Master of Law and Doctor of the Science of Jurisprudence from Harvard Law School and was previously Senior Fellow at Yale Law School, Leiden University, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto.
Professor Akhavan was the first Legal Advisor to the Prosecutor’s Office of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda at The Hague (1994-2000) and has served with the United Nations in Cambodia, East Timor, and Guatemala. He has appeared as counsel in leading cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. He has also served on the Board of Directors of several human rights organizations and his work has been featured in the New York Times. In 2005, he was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.




Read the full article HERE.


Read the full article HERE.


The Huffington Post published this wonderful article on the the Martyrdom of the Bab which begins with the fascinating question: 'Imagine if you had been assigned the unpleasant duty of having to execute someone you believed was innocent.'  Read the story at Huffington Post



Please join us for the commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Bab on Monday, July 9th at 12:30 p.m. at the DC Baha'i Center (5713 16th St NW).

This Holy Day commemorates one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of the Bahá'í Faith, concerning one of its Central Figures, the Báb, who was the forerunner to Bahá'u'lláh. 

In 1850, Mirza Taqi Khan, Grand Vizier of the new Shah [of Persia], Nasiri'd- Din, ordered the Bab executed. On July 9, the Bab was brought before a firing squad in the barracks square of Tabriz, along with a young follower. When the smoke cleared, the Bab was nowhere to be seen. He was later located in the room He had occupied, finishing a conversation with His amanuensis. The commander of the Armenian regiment, Sam Khan, refused to fire a second time and another regiment had to be found. This time their bullets killed the Bab. His remains were hidden by the Bábís and in 1899 transferred to Palestine. In 1909 'Abdu'l-Bahá Himself interred the Báb's remains in the sepulcher on Mount Carmel known as the Shrine of the Bab.  (Compilations, NSA USA - Developing Distinctive Baha'i Communities).

(Read more here.)

Please join us for the commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Bab on

Monday, July 9th at 12:30 p.m.

at the DC Baha'i Center (5713 16th St NW).

All are welcome.  Tea and light refreshments will be served. 

Please note since the United States observes DST the commemoration is to take place at 1:00 pm. 

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What is the Bahai Faith?

Founded by Baha'u'llah in the mid-1800s, the Baha'i Faith is among the fastest-growing of the world's religions. Baha'is live in more than 100,000 localities around the world, which reflects their dedication to the ideal of world citizenship.