Arlington Prayer Meeting for the wrongfully imprisoned Iranian Baha’is

“O Lord!  These souls have tasted bitter agony in this earthly life and have, as a sign of their love for the shining beauty of Thy countenance and in their eagerness to attain Thy celestial kingdom, tolerated every gross indignity that the people of tyranny have inflicted upon them.”
~ Baha’u’llah

To mark the five year anniversary of the wrongful imprisonment of the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders, the Baha’i International Community is launching a campaign to call for their immediate release – and to draw attention to the deteriorating human rights situation in Iran.

Five Years Too Many

“On 14 May, the seven innocent Baha’i leaders will have been behind bars for five full years, unjustly imprisoned solely because of their religious beliefs,” said Bani Dugal, the principal representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations.

“We are asking people of good will around the world to raise their voices in an effort to win their freedom and the freedom of other innocent prisoners of conscience in Iran,” she said.

The campaign will run from 5 May through 15 May, under the title “Five Years Too Many.” Around the world, Baha’i communities and other groups are planning public events that focus on the plight of the seven, who face 15 more years in prison, and whose 20-year sentences are the longest of any current prisoners of conscience in Iran.

On Sunday, May 12th, 2013, the Arlington Baha’i community will host an interfaith prayer meeting in support of the 7 wrongly imprisoned Baha’i leaders in the cradle of the Baha’i Faith. The Prayer Station is open to anyone to wishes to raise their voice for the voiceless and pray for the speedy delivery of the Yaran. Please contact the host if you would like to participate and need directions.



Musical Prayer Station with Kat Key “What The Fire Is”

“Intone, O My servant, the verses of God that have been received by thee, as intoned by them who have drawn nigh unto Him, that the sweetness of thy melody may kindle thine own soul, and attract the hearts of all men.”
(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 294)
What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, cake shared with a smile? Whatever the answer might be, sharing songs and prayers with friends gets us all closer to the Creator and recharges us for days ahead.
You and your loves ones are cordially invited to join a very special Musical Prayer Station and house concert with Katharine Key on Friday, April 6th, at 7:30 pm at the home of an Arlington Baha’i. This is the third time Kat will perform at the Arlington Prayer Station and everyone who attended the previous time, enjoyed it immensely!
Katharine Key is a singer-songwriter who loves playing music to uplift people’s hearts and enrich their lives.  She is classically trained in piano and self-taught on guitar, but only plays so that she can sing — her first passion. She has been a Baha’i for 15 years and took up guitar and song-writing so that she could serve the community, since music and the arts are an essential element of Baha’i community life.
Kat will be sharing some songs from her upcoming second CD “What The Fire Is”, and some reflections on tests and difficulties from a spiritual perspective. Her first CD “Intone” will be available for sale at the concert as well as online at
When she is not singing, Katharine works in the field of HIV prevention research.  Look for her and drop her a note online
We’ll also say prayers for anyone in need, so if you can’t join us and would like to request prayers or if you need directions, please contact the host!

Weekly Prayer Gathering

We invite you to join us this Monday, May 4th for regular weekly devotional. The theme of this week’s devotional is “Divine Justice.”

“O SON OF SPIRIT! The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes.”       ~  Bahá’u’lláh

We will start at 7:00 pm with light refreshments followed by reading, at 7:30 pm, selected Holy Writings from diverse religions. The building is across from Arlington Central Library, Metro-accessible via the Orange line, between Ballston and Virginia Square. If you would like more information about this gathering or about the Bahá’í Faith please contact us.

TaliaSafa at Weekly Prayer Gathering

Talia SafaCome join us for our regular weekly devotional. This week we will be joined by musical guests TaliaSafa and New Creation. The theme of this week’s devotional is “”Let All Associate”, a song on TaliaSafa’s new CD. This title comes from a beautiful quote by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. The full quote is:

“Let all associate, therefore, in this great human garden even as flowers grow and blend together side by side without discord or disagreement between them.”

You can listen to some of TaliaSafa’s songs including this one on MySpace ( Prayers will start at 7:00 and refreshments will be served. The building is across from Arlington Central Library, Metro-accessible via the Orange line, between Ballston and Virginia Square. If you would like more information about this gathering or about the Bahá’í Faith please contact us.