Tehran and Portland: Cities of Light


“Tehran and Portland: Cities of Light” tells the stories of two young Baha’i couples. One couple lives in Iran, and the other one in Portland, Oregon, in the United States. One couple faces severe religious persecution, and the other one the destructive forces which operate in every society. However, they strive to rise above the [...]

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“TO LIGHT A CANDLE” Film Screenings


February Events part 2 – All are invited! The 55-minute documentary film “To Light a Candle” by Maziar Bahari sparked the global “Education Is Not A Crime” campaign for universal access to higher education. The campaign has been endorsed by a string of Nobel laureates and other prominent figures around the world. The Baha’is are Iran’s [...]

Rethinking Education for Girls and Women


“The world of humanity has two wings — one is women and the other men. Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird fly.” ~ ‘Abdu’l-Baha Dr. Wendi Momen, magistrate and author from the United Kingdom, speaks as a panelist for a side event hosted by the Baha’i International Community during the 55th [...]

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Baha’i educational programme targeted in raids


GENEVA — A coordinated series of raids have been carried out on the homes of several Iranian Baha’is, active in a community initiative to provide a higher education programme for young members who are barred from university. Reports indicate that raids took place on Saturday 21 May on as many as 30 homes in Tehran, [...]

Young people aim for a “coherent” life as they plan their future


SANTA ROSA DE COPAN, Honduras — Having a belief system is not so difficult, said 25-year-old Nava, participating in a recent university seminar in Honduras. The challenging part is building your life around your beliefs. More than 1,500 young people addressed this challenge at recent Baha’i gatherings in five countries – Honduras, Italy, Australia, England, [...]