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Issue 56    February 2013

WHY BAHA'I

 
Jon  Johnson
 Jon Johnson:
Truth seeker, history buff, sports fan

Chicago, Illinois

Baha'i since 1991

  

"When I was growing up there were a lot 

of influential African-Americans in the Detroit Baha'i community. I like to see a mixture of people in the Faith. We need all kinds of people in order for the Faith to grow the way it is destined to." 

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Q & A
Diverse Family    
Q: How is interracial marriage viewed in the Baha'i Faith? 
A:
  
Interracial marriage is encouraged in the Bahá'í teachings, which stress the essential oneness of the human race. 
Interracial couples are accepted and often find refuge in the Baha'i community. 
 
Read about an early interracial marriage of Baha'is from 1911. 
 
Read about 
an interracial marriage
of Baha'is from the 1970s.
 
Read more Baha'i views on marriage in general. 
 
From the Baha'i Writings
Featured Books
Book set  
Lights of the Spirit: Historical Portraits of Black Baha'is in North America,[masked] is a groundbreaking work that uncovers a piece of history that until now has gone unwritten-- the role played by Black people in the emergence of the Baha'i Faith in North America. 

The Story of the Baha'i Black Men's Gathering provides insight into an individual initiative that, over the years, provided a framework to spiritually uplift and empower men of African descent to play their part in helping to build the "new world order" foretold by Baha'u'llah. 

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Baha'is build on historical interracial friendship and collaboration
 

While relations among racial groups have come a long way over the history of the United States, many of us see reminders every day of divisive traditions, whether the marks of separation are stark or subtle.

 

Hearteningly, another tradition--of interracial friendship and collaboration for the common good--has persisted since before the dawn of this country's independence, and has helped make our visible progress in race relations possible.

 

Baha'is are pitching in at the core of a focused movement to maintain that tradition, feed its vitality and spread awareness. READ MORE>>>

Race Amity: America's Other Tradition
Race Amity: America's Other Tradition

African-Americans accomplished in the arts were leaders among Baha'is
Dorothy Champ
Dancer Dorothy Champ

Baha'u'llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha'i Faith, taught that the world's peace, prosperity and well being ultimately depend on the recognition of the oneness of humanity. From the beginning of the Baha'i community in the United States in the 1890s, the Baha'is have taken a strong stand to affirm racial equality. African-American Baha'is who worked in the arts made unique contributions to these efforts.
 
Art by McCleary "Bunch" Washington
   

 

 


Happy Ayyam-i-Ha!
Baha'is Celebrate "Days Outside of Time"

 

From sunset on February 25 to sunset March 1, Baha'is will be exchanging gifts, getting together with friends and family, and engaging in acts of charity--activities that characterize the festival of Ayyam-i-Ha.

The festival comes toward the end of the Baha'i year, which is divided into 19 months of 19 days each. These "intercalary" days, between the 18th and 19th months of the Baha'i calendar, are necessary to align the calendar with the 365-day Gregorian solar calendar.

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Ayyam-i-Ha, preparation for the Baha'i Fast.mp4
Ayyam-i-Ha, preparation for the Baha'i Fast

 


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