In this issue:
Our Bahá’í brothers and sisters in Iran continue to face ongoing persecution, with efforts intensifying recently, which has brought more arrests and the demolition of homes. During this crisis in the Cradle of the Faith, we continue to keep the Iranian Bahá’ís in our prayers, and we arise to turn our beliefs into action, working for justice worldwide.
The Persian Relief Fund helps with the economic needs of the Bahá'ís in Iran. These funds are channeled through the Bahá’í World Center under the supervision of the Universal House of Justice. To contribute using the Online Contribution System, select “Persian Relief Fund-Economic needs for the Bahá’ís of Iran.”
With love and gratitude to the American Bahá’í Community for its continuous support for our friends in Iran, we would like to invite you to a virtual program in English to celebrate the transformative work of the Persian Bahá’í Media Service (PersianBMS).
Persian Bahá’í Media Service, an agency of the National Spiritual Assembly, provides a steady flow of informative radio and TV programming on a $1.5 million budget per year. The privilege of supporting this path of service has been given to the American Bahá’ís by The Universal House of Justice. The friends in Iran are pleading for more programs that provide the healing message of Baha’u’llah. The main obstacle in the path of providing more of this critical service is the material resources required for its programming and broadcasting. It is also important to note that contributions made toward Persian Bahá’í Media Service are included and part of our National Bahá’í Fund goal of $45 million.
To register, CLICK HERE
I’m not very sentimental when it comes to belongings, but after my grandma and grandpa passed away I wanted a little piece of them. I chose this heart locket and tag bracelets because it was a special time in their life.
My grandma, a five-foot, feisty red head woman, who could talk a mile a minute and make friends with just about anyone, met my grandpa, a six foot three, shy, quiet man in 1942 at the USO (United Service Organization) club in Chicago. They met after a man had announced to a room full of strangers, “ If anyone wants to know about the Navy, just ask Rosie. She’ll tell you everything you need to know!” My grandpa Foote, curious about how much she knew, stood up and walked over to her and the rest was history.
A classic love/war story, they fell in love, he went off to war wearing the engraved bracelets that my grandma had personalized with “Hands off, he’s mine, Rosie.” While he was away she wore this heart locket with a picture of them inside. When he returned from the war, they had 6 children and were together until the end when my grandpa died on July 4, 2005. She passed away three years later on July 20, 2008. For me, to hold these items in my hands, brings their story to life. It reminds me of their love and dedication to each other.
It’s important to have a Bahá’í community archive because seeing something tangible is so impactful. For me, it has more power and has more meaning. It can be insightful for the purpose of future growth. Through relics, music, and stories, we can preserve our spiritual and physical heritage so that our future generations can be inspired and reminded of how far we’ve come as a community. It shines a light on the path we’ve walked together and strengthens our vision of unity.
(images: a locket and bracelets in a jewelry box, a portrait of a couple in their wedding clothes)
To submit a story or item from your archive, i.e. photograph, material, item, etc, write to bahaitreasurersoffice(at)usbnc.org with a photo and answers to the question: Why did this item go in your archive? Why is it important to have an archive for the Bahá’í Community?
To learn more about the National Archive Campaign: Preserving our Spiritual Heritage, read the Bahá’í Fund Bulletin and The American Bahá’í magazine. Keep an eye out for videos, kids’ content, and more!
To contribute to the project, select "US Bahá’í National Archives Renovation Fund" in the Online Contribution System.