Second Harvest Food Bank Needs Our Help

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit social institutions and aid organizations particularly hard, which creates even more hardship for the most vulnerable populations in our community. While our most recent Second Harvest barrel sent 258 pounds of food to the local food bank, it will remain empty until we can meet again safely at the Baha’i…

Healing Racism Part 6, Why We Must Unite

The Baha’i teachings say that humanity’s future, both nationally and globally, depends on our ability to unite. But who has the main responsibility for building that unity? In Part IV of The Vision of Race Unity: America’s Most Challenging Issue, the Baha’is offer an answer: The responsibility for the achievement of racial peace and unity in the United…

Healing Racism Part 5, Unity Takes Work

You’ve heard this frequent refrain in media, in social networking, in political rhetoric and in classrooms: America is the greatest nation on Earth. Is it true? As I noted in a previous essay in this series, the United States has also been called a grand experiment, a melting pot, a United Nations within a nation….

Healing Racism Part 4, Walking the Walk

Every great spiritual teacher, messenger and prophet advises us to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. Buddha famously said:  It is indeed a fact that salvation cannot come from the mere sight of Me. It demands strenuous efforts in the practice of Dharma (Truth). …A man must take medicine to be cured; the…

Healing Racism Part 2, A Vision of Race Unity

During the past several years, Americans made a distressing “discovery:” we are not a post-racial society and racial animus is still very much alive.  We must focus on recognizing the problems and issues this hard fact calls upon us to face. Where do we start? Here’s a suggestion: the passages below, from the statement “The…

Quote of the Month

The friends must, at all times, bear in mind that they are, in a way, like soldiers under attack. The world is at present in an exceedingly dark condition spiritually; hatred and prejudice of every sort are literally tearing it to pieces. We, on the other hand, are the custodians of the opposite forces, the…

Reflection: Why Saying ‘I’m Not Racist’ is Not Enough

This Reflection features an article from Baha’iteachings.org by Cynthia Barnes-Slater, a Baha’i from the Wilmette, IL area. In her article, Cynthia warns that “Actively unlearning racism requires challenging personal ‘I’m not racist’ mantras.” and cites an essential teaching of the Baha’i Faith: The Baha’i Writings ask us to be “anxiously concerned with the needs of the age…

NATIONAL BAHA’I FUND GOAL ATTAINED!

Dearly loved friends:  Our hearts are brimming over with gratitude for the enormous victory achieved by this American community in not only meeting, but surpassing the $40 million dollar Fund goal! What wondrous and sacrificial efforts were made under the most challenging of circumstances by individuals, communities and institutions.  Truly these heroic efforts epitomize the guidance from the beloved Guardian in a letter to a believer…