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World Conferences in Full Swing Across the Midwest

Shining a Light on the Spiritual Nature of Social Justice

Kalamazoo, Mich. – The Baha’is of Kalamazoo and their collaborators welcomed 51 participants May 14–15, 2022, to the Kalamazoo Nature Center for “Building Vibrant Communities: A New Framework for Social Justice and Spiritual Transformation.” This workshop was part of a greater wave of tens of thousands of conferences hosted by local Baha’i communities worldwide overContinue reading “Shining a Light on the Spiritual Nature of Social Justice”

Northwest Ohio: “The Conference for Hope”

The Baha’is of Northwest Ohio (NWOhio) and their partners convened “The Conference for Hope” on Saturday, May 21, 2022. In attendance were 35 people, including representatives of 13 non-governmental organizations. Their aim was to start an on-going grass-roots effort for strengthening local communities by direct involvement of area individuals and organizations.Co-sponsors included: the MultiFaith CouncilContinue reading “Northwest Ohio: “The Conference for Hope””

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Ohio
Prayer

Retrospective: A Blossoming of initiatives in the Midwest

Though diverse in focus, these initiatives shared a common thread of building networks of people in the Midwestern states dedicated to sharing Baha’u’llah’s teachings in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio.

In Ohio, cluster teams came together to learn from each other as they strove toward the shared goal of advancing through the milestones.

… Participants also read the names of departed Ohioan Baha’is as part of a devotional program that concluded the gathering.

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Midwest
Youth

Midwest Youth conference participants seek solutions to racism

Summer 2020 will long be remembered for protests against racial injustice that filled the streets of many U.S. cities. Young people have been at the forefront of this movement, impatient with the nation’s status quo — a feeling no doubt shared by many young Baha’is. 

The Midwest Youth Conference, July 18–19, sought to develop a response to this social reality. Held via online videoconference, it attracted 75 participants from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

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Ohio
Profile

Ellie Mzehem
Warren, Ohio

My spiritual journey began when I was a very young child. I was raised by two wonderful parents who emigrated from Greece to the United States. Our home in Ohio was like the United Nations. My parents opened their home and hearts to people of all faiths and nationalities.

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Ohio
Arts

Celebrating Progressive Revelation

At a celebration in Saint Paris, Ohio, guests were offered an opportunity to work on a timeline of the progressive revelations of Messengers of God; make prayer cards; assemble flowers of various colors and shapes and place them in “God’s Garden”; learn about the life of the Bab; and “search” for a “gem” as the Letters of the Living searched for the Bab.

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Indiana
Families

Prayer, preparation and courage fuel growth in Indiana communities

With two young girls — Zinnia, 3, and Radia, 7 — Paith MacQueen Gruszynski needed in-home childcare, and in her ad she specified she was looking to hire someone willing to help them create a “prayerful home.” 

Kyra Potts responded. They formed a quick connection and spoke frankly about their personal lives during their first phone call. “Paith said that she would pray for me every day,” says Potts. “I just felt God throughout it all.”

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Michigan
Civic Engagement

Public connections flourish at Baha’i centers of learning

Through a relationship with Children’s Theater Company (CTC) of New York and community partner The New Standard Academy, Louhelen Baha’i School has developed beneficial relationships in nearby Flint using theater and education.

Together with CTC, local community organizations and Baha’i institutions, Louhelen presented musical performances for schools at the local community theater located at New Standard and the University of Michigan-Flint. The musical Henry Box Brown was so well received, a relationship developed allowing the Louhelen outreach team to provide Baha’i-inspired after school programming, says Louhelen Administrator Cam Herth.

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Michigan
Profile

John Davidson
Grand Rapids, Michigan

I was a child in the small town of Peru, Indiana, in the 1980s. I was raised by an atheist father and a Catholic mother who was pretending to be a Baptist. My mom insisted that my sister and I go to church every week, and I often questioned what we heard there.

When the Baptist preacher said that Buddha was a devil, I looked at my mother and asked, “Isn’t Buddha just like Moses but in Asia?” She just smiled and nodded without saying a word.

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Michigan
Profile

Gregory Lawton
Grand Rapids, Michigan

My early experiences with religion were interesting. My uncle, Addison Lawton, was an influential Presbyterian minister. When I was 5, my family visited him, and on Sunday I was brought up to the front of the church. Reverend Lawton lifted me up in front of the congregation to baptize me, but I reached and grabbed him by the wrist. “Watch it, Buster,” I said. “What do you think you’re doing?” Even at 5, I didn’t believe in compulsion in religion.

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Indiana
Neighborhoods

Indianans “Light Up the Night” for racial justice

Harrison Hill is a historic residential neighborhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It is home to people of diverse ancestries — and for many that’s a cause for celebration. The decades-long marriage of two of the neighborhood’s residents, Gayle and Akinlana (“Akin”) Bevill-DaDa, exemplifies the possibilities for interracial relationships. Gayle is white and Akin is Black.

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Ohio
Community

Cleveland reflection enriched by participation of Congolese families

Congolese refugees living in the Cleveland area participate in a community-building conference at LouHelen Bahá’i School in 2019.

Under the shade of an enormous tree, Baha’is in the Cleveland, Ohio, area met on Aug. 4 for what one participant called their “best cluster reflection meeting ever.”

Reflection meetings are held every three months to review Baha’i-initiated community-building efforts in a cluster of communities and make plans for the next three months.

Attendance at these gatherings in the Cleveland area had flagged in recent years, says Ron Frazer, …

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Michigan
Arts

Peace sculpture advances vision

for Michigan Baha’i property

More than a century ago, Muskegon, Michigan, was seen as a possible place to build the Baha’i House of Worship for North America. That singular honor eventually went to Wilmette, Illinois.

But a Baha’i-owned property in Muskegon, only blocks from a Lake Michigan inlet, has evolved in its own purpose. This past summer saw the dedication of a peace sculpture to enhance a meditation garden established two decades ago.

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