A devotional gathering conducted entirely in American Sign Language via a Zoom video call was perhaps the first initiative of its kind in the Baha’i community. Austin Vaday, a deaf Baha’i in California, and Akil Raspberry, a deaf friend of the Baha’i Faith in Florida, had each expressed interest in having a devotional but didn’t […]
Programs at Desert Rose Bahá'í Institute
With the arrival of Covid19 to the United States, Desert Rose Board of Directors decided to halt all its programs. We were hoping that the stay-at-home orders will be terminated soon, and we can re-start the programs. However, we are in the first month of eased restrictions, but for the health of our residents, and your health as well, we still prefer not to have our programs on the premises.
As a pro-active Board, however, we are not sitting still. We are working on a few great ways to have new and exciting programs. We have broadened our concepts beyond the physical location, and we are about to enter a new territory…More news is coming soon.
Julie Iraninejad suspects the COVID-19 pandemic is going to last a while, so she’s “adjusting to this new normal.” Instead of seeing this period as a holding pattern, the Baha’i in San Diego is “really trying to see what opportunities … have been created to advance” the vision for humanity brought by Baha’u’llah, prophet-founder of […]
The Association for Baha’i Studies-North America (ABS) has opened registration for a virtual conference spanning three weekends, from July 24 through Aug. 8. The full program is to be announced on the ABS Facebook event page and its Instagram page. With the theme “Beyond Critique to Constructive Engagement,” this online gathering is offered in place […]
In lieu of an on-site conference, the 2020 Arab American Conference will host two virtual conference sessions: one on Saturday and another on Sunday August 1-2, 2020 with the aim of providing opportunities to foster a greater level of engagement in social discourses related to the Middle East Region and Arab Americans in the diaspora. […]
Plenty of Americans are working on constructive solutions to pressing social issues. The Illumine America podcast has been launched online to provide a platform for their contributions to thoughtful, forward-looking discourse. Produced by the national Baha’i Office of Public Affairs (OPA) in Washington, DC, the podcast shares conversations of about 20 minutes with people who […]
The COVID-19 pandemic lent new urgency to Sharon Karnik’s efforts to start a regular devotional gathering in her neighborhood. Four years ago Karnik found herself with “no one who depended on me.” All she “really wanted to do was serve the Baha’i Faith,” she recalls. After a lot of prayer she moved into a 300-unit […]
Despite difficulties, a dramatic production this spring helped get students and teachers in Maine talking thoughtfully about race and justice, just as Green Acre Baha’i School staff hoped it would. Unsurprisingly, it was the COVID-19 pandemic that created the difficulties. The presentation of The Bus Stop, written and directed by Najee A. Brown, was reduced […]