Friday, February 05, 2010

On Special Prayers Offered This Weekend All Over the World: Global response, local news

This was the church my parents attended when I was a boy. The Baha'is are meeting there for prayers on Sunday. -gw
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Baha'i event: The Bahá'í­ Community of Naperville is holding a devotional gathering on the scheduled day of the trial in Iran of seven Baha'i leaders. All are welcome to attend at 7:30 p.m. at the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church, 4 S 535 Old Naperville Road, in Naperville.
The Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Chattanooga, 2405 Hamill Road, are offering a community prayer service on Sunday at 11 a.m. for seven leaders of the international Baha'i faith community who are being held in Iran. The service will focus on prayer for the deliverance of the seven, who have been held nearly two years without access to attorneys and, until two weeks ago, without being told their charges

Milwaukee's Baha'i community will hold a special prayer service Sunday for seven Baha'i leaders awaiting verdicts in Iran on charges of spying for Israel.

The charges and secret trial, which have been condemned by the international community, including the United States, are seen by many as part of a systematic persecution of Baha'is by Iran's Shiite Muslim majority since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The Baha'is will conduct a mass prayer vigil this Sunday to pray for seven members of the faith who have been imprisoned in Iran for nearly two years. The prisoner’s trial begins Sunday in Tehran, Iran. While reported charges accuse the seven of espionage, those in the Baha’i faith said the imprisonment stems from the persecution of their religion.

A Baha’i representative said the group believes in the power of prayer and wishes to get all faiths, not just those of Baha’i, to remember their imprisoned members in Iran in their prayers Sunday.

DALLAS (AP) — Hundreds of Dallas-area followers of the Baha'i (buh-HYE') faith plan to gather to pray for the safe release of seven Baha'i leaders on trial in Iran.
Members of the Riverside Baha'i Center Sunday will participate in a devotional gathering to pray for seven Baha'i leaders imprisoned in Iran.

Springfield’s Baha’i community will hold a prayer service Sunday at the Library Station for seven Iranian citizens who are on trial in Iran, facing charges of espionage. KSMU's Jennifer Moore has details.

According to the US State Department, five men and two women, all of the Baha’i faith, have been detained in Iran for over 20 months, with little access to legal counsel and without any evidence against them being made public.

Baha'i communities all over the world, including those in the Tri-Valley, are holding prayer vigils to show support for the prisoners this weekend.

There are about 300,000 Baha'is in Iran, the largest minority group there. Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Baha'is have been harassed, arrested and, in some cases, killed, Sabetan said.

SEASIDE - The Baha'is of Clatsop County will hold a public prayer gathering and information event at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Rebekkah Hall in Seaside at the corner of 12th Avenue and Holaiday Drive, to show support for seven Iranian Baha'i leaders imprisoned in Iran who are scheduled to appear before an Islamic Republic Revolutionary Court Sunday.

This event is part of a worldwide day of prayer to demonstrate support for seven Iranian Baha'i leaders who face a series of charges stemming from their membership in the Baha'i Faith, the largest non-Muslim religious minority in Iran, including two capital offenses: espionage for Israel and "spreading corruption on earth."

A special prayer gathering to further demonstrate our community's sympathy for and solidarity with these seven innocent believers by uniting our fervent prayers with those of others around the world for the deliverance of these 7 unjustly-accused sisters and brothers in Iran. All believers of every faith are invited to join the Baha'is in prayer for these innocents who've been held 2 years only to face charges carrying the death penalty in a trial set to begin on 7 Feb in Iran.
Members of the Baha'i community in San Clemente will hold a public prayer gathering at 7:30 p.m. Friday to show solidarity with seven Bahai's about to go on trial for their lives in Iran.


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