On November 21, 2002 The Times-Picayune reported that "although the Baha'i faith forbids proselytizing, the world's youngest major
spiritual movement has been recognized as one of its fastest-growing religions.
Today the Baha'i faith is the second most geographically widespread religion
after Christianity, with adherents from more than 2,000 ethnic, racial and
tribal groups. There are an estimated 620,000 Baha'is in the United States. The
North American temple is in Wilmette, Ill., outside Chicago. There are no rituals in...
On November 21, 2002 the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported on "'Breaking Bread to Break Barriers: An Understanding of World Cultures,' an
education series for community leaders. The six-month luncheon series is hosted
by the National Conference of Community and Justice in cooperation with the
Corpus Christi [TX] Chamber of Commerce. Business and community leaders are invited to learn more about the many
different cultures and religions in the Coastal Bend and about those who helped
to found Corpus Christi,...
On October 28, 2002 The Oregonian reported that "faith leaders and followers gather at a Portland church to oppose an
attack on Iraq and pray that others will join them. This demonstration -- for peace with Iraq -- came in the form of a worship
service, beginning with a procession of about 20 faith leaders that included
Christian clergy, a Jewish rabbi, a Zen Buddhist monk, a Sikh and others. About
50 people behind them in the honey-colored pews included Roman Catholics from
Southeast Portland, Methodists from Oregon City, Muslims...
On October 1, 2002 Baha'i World News Service reported that "Green Acre Baha'i School, the oldest permanent Baha'i school in the world and the site of several major events in Baha'i history, dedicated a new $2 million classroom building and lecture hall [in Eliot, Maine] on 21 September 2002. The dedication of the new buildings was commemorated in an hour-long ceremony attended by...
On September 27, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "the [Glenmary] study estimates that Ohio has 142,255 Jews, 41,281 Muslims and 2,004
Bahais. It found 34 Buddhist, 19 Hindu, nine Sikh and seven Jain groups in the
state but gave no membership estimates... This year's study included groups such as Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and
Sikhs for the first time. For Muslims, the 1.6 million national figure included
only those who regularly attend mosques that reported figures; for Eastern
religions, it included only the...
On August 4, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks on America will be commemorated with
tolling bells, common prayers and moments of
silence... Sept. 11 is expected to be a time for public grieving and spiritual connection... Muslim...
On August 3, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "for the next seven
Sundays, an interfaith group of 400 Baha'i, Baptist, Episcopal, Jewish,
Methodist, Muslim, Seventh-day Adventist and Unitarian congregation members
build a house on behalf of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity... They also are getting to know each other... Habitat started building interfaith houses a couple of years ago, but nothing
as inclusive as this project, said Larrie Martin, executive director for
On July 12, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "the Interfaith
Association of Central Ohio... and the Religious Experience Advisory Council of the Ohio
Bicentennial Commission are planning [a new] book, Religion in Ohio: Over 200 Years
of Experiences... As the state approaches 200, Christian and Jewish bodies remain prominent,
but now they have plenty of company. [The] book for Ohio's bicentennial in 2003
also will discuss the beliefs of American Indians, Baha'is, Buddhists, Hindus,
Jains, Muslims, Sikhs and...
On July 11, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "followers of the Baha'i faith plan to begin construction this summer on their
first center in Northern Virginia, an 18,000-square-foot building in Sterling
that would serve the religious and community needs of more than 1,000 people...
Local Baha'is held a groundbreaking ceremony in May. Several said they
anticipate that construction will begin soon and hope that the center will open
as early as next summer... Baha'is have only
recently experienced the kind of growth...
On May 25, 2002 the Star Tribune featured a report on the Minneapolis Baha'i Center as part of their "Seeker's Diary" series in which the reporter visits area religious centers to attend their services. At the Baha'i center, "the hourlong devotion consisted of readings from the Bahai sacred texts,
along with readings from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Recorded music of
a variety of genres, both instrumental and choral, was...
On May 21, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that the north Gwinnett County, GA Baha'i community is building a new center to accommodate growing number of members... "The center also would be a focal point for community service projects that
are an integral part of the faith...
It would be the fourth Baha'i facility in metro Atlanta, following the
Atlanta Baha'i Center, the Chamblee Rose Baha'i Center and the Baha'i Unity
Center near Decatur."
On May 18, 2002, The Lawrence Journal-World featured the article "World of Faith" on Baker University's World Religions Course taught by professor George Wiley. Wiley is a Pluralism Project affiliate in...
On May 10, 2002, The Columbus Dispatch reported "Group Unites Eight Faiths for Mutual Enlightenment." It reported on the efforts of the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio: "Members of the 17-year-old association think that the community's religious tolerance, though a good start, isn't enough. 'We need to move beyond that to understanding and respect,' said Tarunjit Butalia, a spokesman for the association and representative of the Sikh community." The article noted that "The association also benefits from having been...
On March 2, 2002, The New York Daily News featured an article on the Baha'i Faith in New York City. "There are about 800 members in the city [and] the church counts more
than 5 million adherents around the world, among them perhaps 620,000 in the
United States. The Baha'i Faith, as it is formally known, is listed as one of
the world's fastest-growing religions... It was founded in 1844... in what was then Persia, by
Mirza Ali Muhammed, a Sufi Muslim who declared himself the Bab (Arabic for
gate), a new messenger from God. He...