Ridvan 2016

posted Apr 21, 2016, 4:12 AM by Irina Rahimi   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 5:10 PM ]

The Festival of the Twin Birthdays - 2015

posted Oct 22, 2015, 1:20 PM by Bahais of Fort Wayne Fort Wayne   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 5:10 PM by Irina Rahimi ]

Please join the Fort Wayne Baha’is & their friends for the the Festival of the Twin Birthdays.

These two consecutive days celebrate the births of the founders of the Bahá'í Faith, a world religion that believes in the
oneness of God, harmony of religion, and unity of humanity.

Birth of the Báb
Friday, November 13 @ 7:00 pm
Aboite Township Fire House
11321 Aboite Center Road
Light refreshments following

Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

Saturday, November 14 @ 5:00 pm
15016 Indian Creek Road
Dinner following

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Happy Naw Ruz (New Year)! - Let's Celebrate!

posted Mar 15, 2013, 5:59 AM by Irina Rahimi   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 5:11 PM ]

Bahá'í Naw Ruz (New Year) Celebration

Special Guests—Julia Meek & Jill Mozena (Invited)

WBOI-FM personality Julia Meek’s Folktales Live
with the musical talents of guitarist Jill Mozena
Wednesday, March 20th, 6:30, 2013

Arlington Park Clubhouse 4630 W Arlington Park Blvd,
Appetizers 6:30 PM  - Program 7:00 PM

Potluck dinner served to break the Bahá’í 19-Day Fast Sunset - 7:53 PM

RSVP by March 17 to C. Butler: 260-486-6002 -

Baha'i Holy Day(Ridván) Celebration - April 21, Indiana Tech

posted Apr 6, 2012, 11:14 AM by Irina Rahimi   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 5:10 PM ]

Dear Friends, 

The annual Ridvan (Riz-wan) Celebration is sponsored by the Baha'is of Fort Wayne.  Ridvan is a twelve-day festival commenorating the announcement of the beginning of the Baha'i Faith by Baha'u'llah, its Prophet and Founder.  "Ridvan"means paradise and is named for the Garden of Ridvan.  It is the most holy Bahá'í festival, and is also referred to as the "Most Great Festival" and the "King of Festivals".

This year we will celebrate Ridvan at Indiana Tech's Andorfer Commons.  The Student Recreation Center offers a fun atmosphere with free bowling alleys, foosball and table tennis tables.  We will have a program featuring music by Vic Chaney and storytelling by Condra Ridley.  We will also get to hear Najah Ridley, Condra's daughter, who is well on her way to creating a great music career of her own!

We will also have a "potluck" sandwich and salad bar.  We will supply buns, rolls, etc. for the sandwiches.  Please add to the "potluck" by bringing sliced deli meats, cheeses, and other goodies for sandwiches.  A large salad will also be provided.  Feel free to bring items you love to add to your salad.  You may also decide to bring a bags of chips, pretzels, etc.,or whatever you would like to share for the Sandwich/Salad Bar.  It should be a lot of fun!

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Education Under Fire – A Focus on a Human Rights Abuse

posted Apr 6, 2012, 10:06 AM by Fort Wayne LSA   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 5:11 PM by Irina Rahimi ]

You are invited to attend a viewing of a 30-minute documentary video (co-presented by Amnesty International) and an action-oriented discussion regarding a human rights abuse issue on 

Monday, April 16, at IPFW, 

Liberal Arts Building, Room 159, 

starting at 6:00 pm.  

The program is about Education Under Fire (EUF), an international campaign to direct attention to the inalienable right of every human being to an education.  EUF specifically focuses on the oppression of Iranian youth who are being denied their education and the imprisonment of teachers and administrators of this education program, simply because they were teaching Baha’is.  This is a direct conflict with Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees education as an inalienable right of every human being.   


This program is co-sponsored by the IPFW Department of Peace and Conflict Studies (contact, Patrick Ashton, Ph.D.), Indiana Center for Middle East Peace, and the Fort Wayne Baha’i Community.  The discussion following the viewing will be facilitated by Dr. Patrick Ashton, Director of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPFW) and Dr William Smits, M.D. 


Nobel Peace laureates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President Jose Ramos-Horta of East Timor have taken on ownership of this campaign and have thrown their influence and consciences behind it by writing open letters to the international academic community.   

Please click onto website  to become aware of grievances and ways to be supportive.  One of the main goals is to obtain 25,000 petitions to present to Iran by May 2012, the anniversary of Iran's attack on the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE).  You can submit your signature for this petition at this website.  By doing so, you will help shed light on the importance of protecting the right to education and access to information for all the peoples of the world.

Lectures in Ethics and Public Policy - Shirin Ebadi Nobel Peace Prize Recipient will speak on April 23, 2009 at the University of Notre Dame

posted Mar 12, 2009, 10:21 AM by Tom Butler   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 5:10 PM by Irina Rahimi ]

Shirin Ebadi’s lecture, “Human Rights in the Islamic World,” has been rescheduled due to circumstances beyond her control.

This event will now take place at 12:30 p.m. on April 23 (Thursday) in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame. 

Ticket holders must exchange their tickets. Please call the ticket office at (574) 631-2800 as soon as possible to get new tickets.

Ebadi is the first Iranian, and the first Muslim woman, to win the Nobel Peace Prize. A human rights lawyer, she has devoted her life to the promotion of women’s rights and the defense of children and political activists. She has spoken out strongly against discrimination and injustice in her country, at times despite great risk to her own safety. She is a conscious Muslim who believes that dialogue is the best path to changing attitudes and resolving conflict.

This free but ticketed event is the 15th Annual Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy, sponsored by Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Sent: Mon, 9 Mar 2009 11:42 am

Subject: Shirine Ebadi

Dear Beloved friend
Shirin Ebadi a lawyer, human right activist and the defender of our brothers and sisters in Iran, recipient of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, will deliver the 15th annual Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh Lectures in Ethics and Public Policy at 4 p.m on april 21 2009(Tuesday) in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame IN.

This is a free, but ticketed, event. call the ticket office at 574-631-2800 to reserve tickets. Shirin Ebadi is the first Iranian, and the first Muslim woman, to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Ebadi has been recognized for her work defending women and children's rights  and   Human Rights Advocates in Iran. The participation of every friend  in her Lecture demonstrate our gratitude and appreciation for her heroic assistant and defending to the Baha'is in Iran and standing up for Human Right.

With warmest Baha'i regards
Robert Laghaie

Please feel free to call me if you have any equation.

Naw-Rúz Dinner - Saturday March 21

posted Mar 11, 2009, 6:31 PM by Tom Butler   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 5:10 PM by Irina Rahimi ]

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Vic and Kathleen have offered hospitality for the Naw-Rúz dinner starting at 5:30 at Erin's House 3811 Illinois Road, Fort Wayne. (map)  Desserts and Beverages graciously accepted!  Please RSVP to Kathleen at

Service Project Opportunity Reminder

posted Oct 8, 2008, 2:36 PM by Irina Rahimi   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 5:10 PM ]

Our community has an opportunity for a service project again!  Marsha Smiley has informed the LSA that there another large contingent of Burmese refugees will be arriving in Fort Wayne soon, and they will be in need of household items, especially dishes and other kitchen items, clothing, blankets, etc.  So anything extra that you have and no longer need can be put to very good use by these people who are coming to Fort Wayne with practically nothing.  You may bring these items to Feast, or, if you have a large quantity, contact Marsha to coordinate how best to get them to where they are needed.  Last year, there were about 600 Burmese refugees who arrived in Fort Wayne, and this year, there are 800 more expected.  There currently are between 4000 and 5000 Burmese refugees here. Fort Wayne has the largest community of Burmese refugees anywhere in the US! 

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