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

Thursday, 26 February 2009 10:41 Please join us March 2nd at 4 PM at the American University Kay Spiritual Life Center for an event entitled: Human Rights and Religious Freedom - The Case of the Baha'is.  The presenter is Dwight Bashir, Senior Policy Analyst at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.
There is a pay parking lot across the street.
For more information please contact Donna Denize at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

A poster for the event is here:
Sunday, 22 February 2009 14:34

Color of Worship logoThe Baha'is of Washington DC along with the Howard University community cordially invite you to an Inter-Religious Worship Service Commemorating the Visit of Abdu'l-Baha, the son of the Prophet Founder of the Baha'i Faith, to Howard University.

Color of Worship 2009

When: Saturday, April 4th, 2009 at 6:30 PM
Where: Howard University, Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel ,  Sixth Street & Howard Place, N.W., Washington, DC 20059.  See map or directions from Howard University's web site.
An exciting artistic program featuring the Baha'i Chorale of Washington DC as well as musicians and performers from Howard and the Baha'i communities.

Read more about this significant event in the history of the District.

Update: Before the Color of Worship join Lex Musta and 44 others on a tour of Washington, DC.  The tour bus will take you around the District to the places Abdu'l-Baha went and prepare you for the evening of celebration.  Details are available here.


Last Updated ( Monday, 20 April 2009 11:28 )
Sunday, 22 February 2009 14:46

Leaders of Baha'i Faith in Iran have been imprisoned and will be tried.From Iran.Bahai.US:

The trial of the seven leaders of the Baha’i Faith in Iran could take place next week. They have been charged with spying for Israel, insulting religious sanctities and propaganda against the Islamic Republic. These charges are unfounded and no evidence against them has been brought to light. The Baha’i leaders have been held for nearly a year in Evin prison and denied access to their attorney, the Nobel Laureate, Shirin Ebadi.

Some 300,000 Baha’is live throughout Iran, making the Baha’i Faith the country’s largest minority religion. The persecution of Baha'is in Iran has been taking place since the religion began there in the mid-nineteenth century. See more on this latest wave of persecution at Iran.Bahai.US.  There is also a statement from the Bahai'i International Community over at Baha'i International News Service.

Sunday, 22 February 2009 14:39

Rainn Wilson talks about the Baha'is in IranPopular Actor Rainn Wilson, who also happens to be a member of the Baha'i Faith, has written a CNN commentary on the situation of his fellow Baha'i believers in Iran.  He opens with 'Why is Rainn Wilson, "Dwight" on "The Office," writing a news commentary for CNN?' It is a very informative read. As always check for the latest news and updates on this unfortunate situation - including a condemnation from the US Department of State.

Written by staff. Photography by Evan Wilder Sunday, 22 February 2009 15:17

Mrs. Sovaida Maani Ewing, Mr. Vicentee Ferguson, Mr. Martin Peled-Flax and Mrs. Anita Chapman Ioas.Washington DC, November 12, 2008

It's official - the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recognized two Baha'i Holy places in northern Israel as World Heritage Sites.  These sacred sites of the Bahá'í Faith are the resting places of the founders of the religion, and join a list of internationally recognized sites like the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids, the Taj Mahal, and Stonehenge.

During a commemorative event held at Washington DC's American University this week, Mr. Martin Peled-Flax, representing the Embassy of Israel at the event, expressed the appreciation of the Israeli government for what the Bahai's have brought to Haifa, Israel's third largest city.  He said that Haifa had the potential to be just another industrial port city on the Mediterranean, with numerous warehouses, chemical plants and shipping docks.  Instead, with the Baha'i Shrines and gardens located right in the middle of the city, it has been transformed into a metropolis of beauty, culture and spirituality.

guitar at tiny planetTiny Planet was delighted to present in August 2008 Laughing Man, a band from Philly living in DC and making music for the world. You can check out their music at thelaughingmanhahaha

More pictures from Kat H. after the jump!



Saturday, 01 March 2008 19:09

The Baha'is of Washington DC along with the Howard University School of Divinity Student Government Association cordially invite you to an Inter-Religious Worship Service Commemorating the Visit of Abdu'l-Baha to Howard University.

When: Friday April 25th, 2008 - 630 PM
Where: Howard University, Thurman Chapel. 1400 Shepherd St NE Washington DC. See MAP.
An exciting program featuring the Howard University Gospel Choir and the Baha'i Chorale of Washington DC along with readings and fellowship.

A flyer for the event is available here.


The Baha'i Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland hosted its first annual dialog "Integrating People and Democracy: A necessity for peace in the 21st century?" on Thursday, November 29, 2007 at the Inn & Conference Center Ballroom at the university of Maryland.  The panel was chaired by John Grayzel, the Baha'i Chair for World Peace professor at the school.

Wednesday, 25 April 2007 19:21

The Bahá’í community of Washington, D.C., annually commemorates the 1912 call to promote race unity by Abdu’l-Bahá, son of the Founder of the Bahá’í  Faith, who made his remarks at Howard University. The talk by James Makawa was the centerpiece of this year’s commemoration.

Watch the "Connecting Hearts and Minds to Africa" program from Comcast's "On the Red Carpet".   The video shows this year's commemoration of Abdu'l-Baha's talk at Howard University's Rankin Chapel on Saturday April 7, 2007 featuring Mr. James Makawa, CEO and co-founder of The Africa Channel .

Additionally, the wonderful introduction by Ms. Weslie Ellison can be found in its entirety.

Written by Evan Wilder

Enjoy selected photos from a holy day celebration at the Baha'i center for the Birth of the Bab.

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