Bahá'í

UN Expresses "Serious Concern" Over Human Rights in Iran, Including the Situation of Baha'is

November 22, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=491

A committee of the United Nations General Assembly yesterday passed a resolution expressing "serious concern" over the human rights situation in Iran, including the escalation of violations against Iranian Baha'is.

The resolution passed the Assembly's Third Committee by a vote of 70 to 48 on 21 November 2006. It will now go to the General Assembly plenary for vote, in December. The...

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Baha'i Mothers Take Hold of Their Destiny

November 12, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=490

On this remote island some 30 kilometers off Papua New Guinea's northern coast, a group of villagers have begun taking their destiny into their own hands.

Inspired by the teachings of the Baha'i Faith on women's equality and community participation, a circle of mothers in Mom Village on Karkar Island have successfully initiated the construction of their own village medical aid post.
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Bahai Faith: Adherents Value Unity, Education

November 10, 2006

Author: BARBARA KARKABI

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/4326702.html

As members of the Bahai Faith, Giti Bahar and Elham Abbassi were part of a persecuted minority in their native Iran.

It wasn't always that way.

The Bahais, whose faith does not allow them to become involved in politics, freely practiced their religion until the Shah was overthrown in the 1979...

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Local Bahai Leader Lends Another Voice to Reflect on Faith Issues

November 6, 2006

Author: ISSAC J. BAILEY

Source: Sun News, The

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/myrtlebeachonline/news/local/15942391.htm

In such an overwhelmingly "Christian" area such as the Grand Strand, it is easy to forget that there are other voices of faith. I'm hoping to bring more of them to this space in coming weeks.

I recently spoke with Margene Willis, a Bahai.

Willis was once head of the...

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Watsonville Buddhist Temple Celebrates 100 Years of Worship

November 5, 2006

Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=65,3380,0,0,1,0

Hundreds gathered Saturday to celebrate the 100 years the Watsonville Buddhist Temple has served as a center of worship and community.

Founded by immigrants who arrived in the Pajaro Valley at the end of the 19th century, the temple continues to be a focal point for Japanese culture though the sangha, or congregation, welcomes people of all backgrounds today.
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Iran Steps up Secret Monitoring of Baha'is

November 3, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=488

In an ominous move, Iran's Ministry of Interior has ordered officials throughout the country to step up the surveillance of Iranian Baha'is focusing in particular on their community activities.

The Ministry has requested provincial officials to complete a detailed questionnaire about the circumstances and activities of local Baha'is, including their "financial status," "social...

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Raising a New Generation

October 20, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.news.bahai.org/story/486

Although this sub-city (Nefas Silk Lafto) on the western edge of Addis Ababa is home to numerous foreign embassies and international development offices, it nevertheless has its share of poverty and unemployment.

Most of the residents, if they have jobs at all, are manual laborers or domestic workers -- construction workers, cooks, maids, and clothes washers. HIV/AIDS is another challenge, leaving behind...

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UN Forum Sees Interfaith Dialogue as Essential to Peace

October 8, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=484

Last month some 33 governments sent delegations to a special conference here on how religions and governments can work together for peace.

"The High-Level Conference on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace" was sponsored by a unique coalition of governments, United Nations agencies and religious non-governmental organizations, including Baha'i representatives.

Participants said the 21...

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Yale Chaplaincy Search Proves Challenging in an Era of Pluralism

October 2, 2006

Source: Yale Daily News

http://www.yaledailynews.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=33501

On October 2, 2006 the Yale Daily News reported, "The music is raucous, there is dancing in the aisles, and the band would not be complete without that clarinet. Dozens of polo shirt-clad students clap and stamp their feet singing the refrain. 'I will bless the Lord. Bless the Lord at all times!' This is the scene at the first All-Campus worship of the 2006-’07 school...

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Scottsdale's Religious Diversity Grows by Leaps and Bounds, Baha'i Temple is Latest Addition

September 30, 2006

Source: East Valley Tribune

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/index.php?sty=75440

On September 30, 2006 the East Valley Tribune reported, "God goes by many names in Scottsdale, more so now than ever. The city’s growth has brought with it adherents of many faiths, who pray in their own ways and often in different languages. Some have reached a critical mass and have built their own houses of worship, in addition to the 81 Christian churches of various...

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Dallaire Expresses Concern for Baha'is of Iran

September 29, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/481

On September 29, 2006 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "Romeo Dallaire, a Canadian senator and retired general who commanded the UN peacekeeping mission to Rwanda at the height of the genocide there, has issued a statement saying that the international community should be prepared to act to protect Iranian Baha'is from possible atrocities. 'In Iran, as in other areas like Darfur where evil is at work, the...

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Nepalese Organization Hosts International Interfaith Youth Conference on Peace

September 25, 2006

Source: Peace Journalism

On September 25, 2006 Peace Journalism reported, "Hindu Vidyapeeth Nepal (HVP) organised an international youth conference for peace with the theme of 'Deepening our Spirituality' in the capital. The conference began on September 23 with peace prayers by the priests and leaders of different faiths including Hindus, Buddhists, [Muslims], Christians, [Baha'is] and Jews... 20 international youths, 5 spiritual elders and 50 Nepali youths representing 20 organizations are taking part in the conference. The...

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Interfaith Service in Western New York Attended by Over 6,000

September 21, 2006

Source: University of Buffalo Reporter

http://www.buffalo.edu/reporter/vol38/vol38n4/articles/HHDL_Interfaith.html

On September 21, 2006 University of Buffalo Reporter reported, "In the first appearance of his three-day visit to [the University of Buffalo], His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama participated in an interfaith service on Monday in Alumni Arena that showcased the religious diversity of Western New York, featuring spiritual...

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Interfaith Prayer Service Marks Opening of UN General Assembly

September 21, 2006

Source: Sikh Sanghat

On September 21, 2006 the Sikh Sanghat reported, "Religious leaders representing up to 30 faith traditions from all over the world attended an interfaith prayer service on Sept 12th to mark the opening of the 61st United Nations General Assembly. The introductions were led by Hiro Sakurai, Committee of Religious NGOs and Rev. William Tully, St. Bartholomew’s Church. This was followed by prayers from the Native American, Buddhist, Muslim, Baha'i, Shinto, Taoist, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish, African Traditional Religions,...

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Egyptian Court Postpones Baha'i Case Again

September 21, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=480

On September 21, 2006 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "The Supreme Administrative Court here has again postponed its hearing on the government appeal of a lower court's ruling upholding the right of a Baha'i couple to have their religion properly identified on government documents. In a brief hearing on Saturday, 16 September 2006, the Court continued the case until 20 November in...

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