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

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.
 

 

 

 
 

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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. 

 

Consultation and celebration in honor of Race Unity Day


When:  Sunday June 10th, 2012 from 4:00pm-6:00pm
Where:  DC Bahá’í Center 5713 16th St NW


Race Unity Day: Second Sunday in June

Baha’u'llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith, implored people to “Close your eyes to racial differences and welcome all with the light of oneness.”

To that end, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States inaugurated Race Unity Day in 1957 to promote racial harmony and understanding. Since then, communities throughout the country have held celebrations, open to the public, on the second Sunday in June.

The purpose of Race Unity Day is to focus attention on racial prejudice, which Baha’is believe is the most challenging moral issue facing our nation. Writing in the mid-1800s, Baha’u'llah, Founder of the Baha’i Faith, stated unequivocally that humanity is a single race and called on the world to recognize the principle of human oneness in all spheres.

Worldwide, Baha’is have sought to build a model of racial integration by embracing people from all races, backgrounds and classes of society.

 

This Spring, our Bahá'í community began a tour series visiting local historic religious sites throughout DC.  The goal is to build bridges with our neighboring faith communities and learn more about the places and histories that are important to them.

To participate in an upcoming tour, view the calendar and RSVP here.

Below are reports and pictures from our trips so far.

 

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Resource page for info related to the Centenary Commemoration of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Visit to D.C: dcbahai.org/centenary.
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‘Abdu’l-Bahá came to Washington, D.C., in 1912 and spoke these words to an interracial group gathered at Howard University on April 23rd of that year:

“I am very happy to see you and thank God that this meeting is composed of people of both races and that both are gathered in perfect love and harmony. I hope this becomes the example of universal harmony and love until no title remains except that of humanity. Such a title demonstrates the perfection of the human world and is the cause of eternal glory and human happiness. I pray that you be with one another in utmost harmony and love and strive to enable each other to live in comfort.”

“Let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.”
— ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
 
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