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“To be a Bahá’í simply means to love all the world; to love humanity and try to serve it; to work for universal peace and universal brotherhood.” - ‘Abdu’l-Bahá


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Local Bahá’ís to Celebrate Twin Holy Days


Bahá’ís from Santa Fe city and county will gather on November 2nd, 2016, to observe the births of the two founders of the Bahá’í Faith. The event will take place at the Santa Fe Women’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe at 5:30 p.m.


The Twin Holy Days mark the birth of The Báb on October 20, 1819 and the birth of Bahá’u’lláh on November 12, 1817. In recognition of the unique status of these figures as “Twin Manifestations,” or co-founders of a major religion, Bahá’ís around the world celebrate these births on successive days on dates fixed by a blended solar and lunar calculation. This year the dates fall on November 1 and November 2.


Bahá’ís believe that The Báb (born Sayyed Ali Muhammed in Shiraz, Persia – present day Iran) took his title, meaning “The Gate,” in recognition of His status as a prophet announcing the end of one religious era that began with Adam and the herald of a new era beginning with Himself. He foretold the coming of a second, greater Manifestation of God within a short time of his own passing, whose ministry would promote the unity of God, of all religions and of all humanity. The Báb’s teachings, especially on the equality of women and men and the birth of a new religion, led to a religious and social uprising in Persia. The repercussions from the quelling of that uprising persist to the present day in the persecution of Bahá’ís in Iran. The Báb was executed in 1850. Other Bahá’í Holy Days mark the declaration of his mission on May 23 and his death on July 9.


According to Bahá’ís, Bahá’u’lláh (born Mirza Husyan-Ali Nuri in Teheran, Persia) is not only the Manifestation of God heralded by the Báb, but also the Promised One of all religions. His title translates as “The Glory of God.” In a ministry that ran from 1863 to 1892, Bahá’u’lláh produced hundreds of volumes of work from mystical and poetic to scholarly and expository. Chief among His themes are the oneness of God, of religion and of mankind, the promise of world peace, and the doctrine of progressive revelation. By “progressive revelation,” Bahá’ís mean that God’s Word unfolds through new prophets as mankind evolves and confronts new challenges. Bahá’u’lláh announced Himself as the messenger for our time. Often, the messengers that God sends to reveal His Word are persecuted and even killed in their own time only to be recognized later as the founders of great religions. Bahá’u’lláh was Himself imprisoned throughout his ministry, first in Persia, then in Iraq, later in Turkey and finally in Palestinian Syria (now Israel.) Other Bahá’í Holy Days mark the declaration of his mission from April 20 through May 1 and His death on May 28.


The Bahá’í Faith was established in Santa Fe in 1970 and now has active communities in both the city and county. Current efforts focus on neighborhood community building and spiritual education. Through gatherings open to all, Bahá’ís work with the followers of diverse religions to strengthen the spiritual character of communities by sharing and studying prayers with one another. In their spiritual education efforts, local Bahá’ís sponsor children’s classes in which games, songs and simple memorization teach principles held in common by all religions. For young teens, junior youth spiritual empowerment groups study more complex concepts such as justice, divine confirmation and moral decision-making. These youth groups also design and carry out neighborhood projects. Adult study circles focus on more explicit Bahá’í teachings that are appropriate for members of the wider community seeking an understanding of the faith and for those who wish to assist with children’s classes or junior youth groups.


More information is available at https://www.bahai.us/action or contact local Santa Fe Baha'is at 505-982-3788, email at SantaFeBahai@gmail.com, or follow us on social media at www.facebook.com/santafebahai and twitter.com/santafebahai.



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 Education is not a crime
Film: To Light A Candle
Saturday, April 4th, 2015, 1:00-2:30
Santa Fe Main Library, Community Room

Iran stops Baha’is from teaching and studying at university. But they do teach. And they do study.
Please join us for a free public screening of the film, To Light A Candle,
with a discussion to follow.
When: Saturday, April 4th, 2015, 1:00-2:30pm
Where: Santa Fe Public Library, Main Library, Community Room, 145 Washington Ave, 87501
Learn more about the campaign at this website: educationisnotacrime.me

Press Release:

To Light a Candle (2014)

a film by Maziar Bahari

 

Iran stops Baha’is from teaching and studying at university. But they do teach. And they do study.

 

"To Light a Candle" chronicles the lives of Baha’is in Iran, who have triumphed against unbelievable hardships and persecution. The Baha'is are a religious minority that are systematically imprisoned, tortured and killed by the Iranian government.

 

The Islamic regime bans the Baha'is to study or teach in Iranian universities. Since 1987 the Baha'is started the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE), an underground university with hundreds of students in Iran, and dozens of teachers in Iran and around the world. Through powerful interviews, exclusive secret footage shot by citizen journalists, rare archival material and letters written by a Baha'i prisoner currently in jail in Iran, To Light a Candle shows how a small minority has defied the brutal systematic religious persecution through non-violent resistance and educating their youth.

 

Maziar Bahari, director of the film and a Canadian journalist who is not Baha’i, spent 118 days in prison in Iran in 2009. To Light a Candle is a hopeful story of the BIHE and Iran. In 2015 the film sparked the global Education Is Not A Crime campaign for universal access to higher education.

 

Please join us for a free public screening of this film, with a discussion to follow.


When: Saturday, April 4th, 2015, 1:00-2:30pm

Where: Santa Fe Public Library, Main Library, Community Room, 145 Washington Ave, 87501

 

Learn more about the campaign at this website: educationisnotacrime.me

 

For specific inquiries please contact the Baha’is of Santa Fe at santafebahai@gmail.com or visit SantaFeBahai.org.

 

Website  - http://educationisnotacrime.me

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and celebrate the oneness of humanity.


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Education Under Fire: Interview with Rainn Wilson




 

Bahá'í Five!

The Office's Rainn Wilson talks adobe, oppression and Oprah

Enrique Limon


Appropriately, it was a cat-and-doggish evening last Saturday, when actor Rainn Wilson graced SFUAD’s Forum to introduce a special presentation of Education Under Fire, a documentary that explores the educational plight of Iran’s Bahá’í population. The largest religious minority there, members of what Wilson refers to as “the faith with the weird name” have not been allowed to attend university since the Islamic Revolution—and so, in 1987, the Bahá’í Institute for Higher Education, which the doc revolves around, was born.


Before the presentation, SFR chatted it up with the devout Bahá’í actor, and from the soon-to-be-Schrute-tastic spinoff The Farm to pee parties, no topic was off limits.

SFR: What’s the importance of this documentary?
RW: Wow, hard-hitting questions right off the bat. This is a human rights issue that not many people know about. I had never really thought about preventing education as [violating] a fundamental human right, but it is in the United Nations charter. It’s a very insidious way to hold people down—to deny them the basic right of getting an education—and this specific kind of persecution in Iran towards the Bahá’í has been going on for 25 years.   

It’s important that we get the word out, and this film helps do that. The importance of why the film and not just a website or a lecture, or something like that, is because the arts can move people’s hearts. And it resonates in a much deeper level, and it was a very exquisitely made, very beautiful film.

Are people surprised to see this deeper side of you?

They are, a little bit. They’re like, ‘What’s the weirdo from that TV show doing with human rights causes, or writing and talking about spirituality?’ But I have to be me, and that’s part of who I am. I like to think about deep things, and I have soulpancake, a website about thinking about deep things. I have causes that I believe in and that I’m passionate about, and that’s just a part of who I am and doesn’t preclude me from playing dorky weirdos on TV shows.



 

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