Baha'i Faith, Washington DC

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The Baha'i s of Washington DC have a rich history and longstanding association with their city.

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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)

To Light a Candle Film & Panel

  To Light a Candle

We are pleased to announce the pre-release screening & panel discussion featuring: Maziar Bahari, Director and subject of Jon Stewart’s upcoming film ‘Rosewater’, Azar Nafisi Professor of English Literature and best selling author of ‘Reading Lolita in Tehran’, Parva Fattahi BIHE Graduate and Immigration Lawyer, and Roya Boroumand Executive Director of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation. 

When: Saturday Nov. 15th @ 7:00PM
Where: GWU Marvin Center - 3rd Floor - 800 21 St. NW Washington DC 20052 (MAP)

You can also find a trailer for the film HERE!

All are welcome and no RSVP is required.


Alain Leroy Locke Being Laid to Rest

Alain Leroy Locke, a Bahá’í, “Dean” of the Harlem Renaissance (1919–34), chair of the Philosophy Department at Howard University, and the first African American Rhodes scholar (1907), will finally be laid to rest on September 13, 2014, at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC. Locke was born in 1885 and died in 1954. 


Leonard Harris and Charles Molesworth, in Alain L. Locke: Biography of a Philosopher [(University of Chicago Press, 2008) 1] summarize “Locke’s accomplishments” this way:

he was the first African American to win a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford (where he wrote on the philosophy of value), he was a leader in the New Negro movement, and he produced a formative commentary on African American literature and the arts. He championed African art as a source of aesthetic inspiration, and his philosophical papers on cultural pluralism, democracy, and value theory influenced readers in diverse fields. He offered personal advice and support to dozens of writers, painters, singers, and others with artistic gifts and ambitions. In addition, he taught for four decades at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he headed the philosophy department, founded the literary magazine and the theater company, and gathered the collection of African art that forms the core of the university’s holding in this field. 

 For more information on this illustrious former Washington DC Baha'i - please see:

Alain Leroy Locke, 1885-1954, Herald of the Harlem Renaissance, Finally Being Laid to Rest

Alain Leroy Locke (Wikipedia Entry) 

Annual Commemoration of `Abdu’l-Bahá's Talk at Rankin Chapel, Howard University

"If the heart is pure, white or black or any color makes no difference. God does not look at colors; He looks at the hearts. He whose heart is pure is better."


Please join us for the commemoration of `Abdu’l-Bahá's visit to Rankin Chapel in 1912. `Abdu’l-Bahá was the son of the Founder of the Baha’i Faith and spoke extensively on the topic of racial unity during his journeys in America. He was an avid speaker for fostering race unity among Americans and worldwide.

We will have two speakers, one of which is Ms. Nwandi Lawson, a Howard University graduate in the field of broadcast journalism. She's a Baha'i from Atlanta and has written, hosted, and produced for CNN, Public Broadcasting Atlanta, and Georgia Public Broadcasting among others. Our second speaker is Ananda Ewing-Boyd, a young woman from Washington, DC. 

We will also have performances by youth groups and local musicians.

Light refreshments will be provided.
When: May 18th 2014
Program from 4pm-6pm
Where: Howard University, Rankin Chapel - Map: 2455 Sixth St, NW, Washington, DC
Parking on street, accessible by Shaw Metro Station and the 70/79 buses 
Service Project!
Please bring canned goods and lightly used clothing. These will be donated to Martha's Table and Martha's Outfitters respectively.
See for more information!

Please do not bring peanut butter, candy, junk food or soft drinks. They will not be accepted. 

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Get Involved

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

Reading a web site about the Baha'is is great but what is even better is to meet Baha'is in your neighborhood.  We can meet with you in a comfortable public setting and engage in a relaxed one-on-one conversation to learn about the Baha'i Faith.  If you are interested in learning more just contact us!

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.