Baha'i Faith, Washington DC

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A Conversation about Racial Unity & Healing with Dr. Joy DeGruy

 Unite the Hearts
On behalf of the Bahá'ís of Washington, DC, you are invited to "Unite the Hearts," an engaging conversation about fostering racial healing and the unity of humankind in America. This is a public event held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library (Room A-5, on the A level), commemorating the anniversary of `Abdu'l-Bahá's historic visit to Washington, DC in 1912.

The event, which also coincides with the 46th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, will feature a talk by nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author, and presenter Dr. Joy DeGruy (Joy DeGruy Publications/ on the themes of racial unity and the oneness of humankind—calling to mind central themes of one of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá's historic talks in Washington, DC.

Dr. Joy DeGruy's talk will be followed by an interactive discussion with the audience and an artistic presentation. Light refreshments will also be provided at the conclusion of the program. 
When: Sat, April 4, 2pm – 4pm 
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001, United States (map) 
(Note: Sign language interpretation will be provided)
Happy Naw Ruz!
To Light a Candle - Georgetown Showing - Feb. 27

Student groups at Georgetown University welcome area citizens to join them in supporting the global campaign, "Education is Not a Crime," which supports universal access to higher education in Iran. Panelists will include; Augusto Lopez Claros, Director, World Bank, Global Indicators and Analysis, Jacques Berlinerblau, Director and Professor, Georgetown School of Foreign Service, Winston Nagan, Founding Director and Professor, Institute for Human Rights and Peace Development, University of Florida Levin College of Law, and Mariam Memarsadeghi, Cofounder and CoDirector, Tavaana

This event is free, open to the public and media, and limited to 325 attendees. Program includes a panel and discussion that will follow a screening of a (55-min) film, "To Light a Candle," directed by Maziar Bahari - subject of Jon Stewart's movie Rose Water. Maziar is an Iranian/Canadian journalist, film maker, and human rights activist. Film trailer available here. 

More information is available on the Facebook Event Page.

Tickets and more information can be obtained on the EventBrite Page.

Birth of Bahá’u’lláh Observance and Celebration
Born in Persia, November 12, 1817, Bahá’u’lláh began at age 27 an undertaking that has gradually captured the imagination and loyalty of several million people from virtually every race, culture, class, and nation on earth. The phenomenon is one that has no reference points in the contemporary world, but is associated rather with climactic changes of direction in the collective past of the human race. For Bahá’u’lláh claimed to be no less than the Messenger of God to the age of human maturity, the Bearer of a Divine Revelation that fulfills the promises made in earlier religions, and that will generate the spiritual nerves and sinews for the unification of the peoples of the world.
-Bahá’í International Community
Please join the Washington, D.C. Baha'i Community in celebrating the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh. 

The program will include readings and musical selections, followed by a catered dinner, potluck dessert and fellowship.  We ask, if the friends are able and wish to contribute, to bring a dessert to share with the community.  

When: Wednesday, November 12th @ 7 pm (Please factor in transportation and parking times, as the program will begin promptly at 7)
Where: Josephine Butler Parks Center (Ballroom) - 2437 15th St, NW, Washington, DC 20009 (MAP)

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The best way to meet the Baha'is is to join us in our regular activities including:

*Sunday morning devotions & presentation.
*Devotions in neighborhoods throughout DC.
*Classes for children and youth.
*Study classes for adults.


Personal Intro to the Faith

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What is the Bahai Faith?

Founded by Baha'u'llah in the mid-1800s, the Baha'i Faith is among the fastest-growing of the world's religions. Baha'is live in more than 100,000 localities around the world, which reflects their dedication to the ideal of world citizenship.