Community Prayer Gathering for Baha’is in Iran
- Categories: Other
- Event posted: May 20, 2011
- Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014
- Friday, May 27, 2011, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave., Lawrence
- Cost: Free
- Age limit: All ages
The Baha'i community of Lawrence invites people of all faiths to join them in praying for their Baha'i brothers and sisters in Iran, who have been experiencing increased government sponsored persecution in recent years.
Concern in the U.S. government is growing as the seven members of the Iranian Baha'i community's former acting leadership group enter their fourth year of unjustified incarceration. The five men continue to be held in Gohardasht Prison under close surveillance, while the two women were transferred on May 3rd to a warehouse-like detention center shared by nearly 400 female prisoners.
Meanwhile, the Baha'is of the United States—in upholding their faith's teachings of justice, unity and equality for which their co-religionists in Iran are persecuted—invite all supporters of human rights to a reception marking the third anniversary of the unlawful imprisonment of the seven "Yaran-i-Iran" (Friends in Iran).
The gathering aims to foster stronger ties of friendship between the people of the U.S. and Iran, through song and words of supports from special guests including individual Baha'is who have personally experienced persecution because of their Faith while in Iran.
For more information see: http://www.voanews.com/policy/editorials/a-41-2009-07-15-voa2-84655437.html