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Larry Ellins

Prayers are requested for the progress of the beautiful and loving soul of Larry Ellins, who winged his way into the warm embrace of the Abha Kingdom on April 29, 2015, in Eugene, Oregon.

Originally from Los Angeles, Larry served with his wife, Vida, as a pioneer in Malta, and was a long-time member of the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Eugene.

Devotions and interment will be Sunday, May 3, followed by a reception to honor and celebrate his life.

Bahá’ís Celebrate Festival of Ridván

The Eugene-Springfield Bahá’í communities this week join others around the world in celebrating the annual Festival of Ridván, beginning with an outdoor gathering on Tuesday, April 21, that included a bike ride around Skinner Butte Park in Eugene. 

Panelists urge action following film screening

Keep talking. Make your voices heard. That was the message received by the more than 125 people who attended the screening of the Maziar Bahari film, To Light A Candle, at the UO’s Lillis Business Center on February 26.

Bahari’s film was a sobering reminder of the decades of oppression suffered by the Baha’i community in Iran. But it was also a powerful reminder of the resilience of that persecuted minority, and its determination to progress and even thrive, particularly by providing the best education possible to its young people.

Eugene supports inaugural international “Education Is Not a Crime” day

Around the world, local communities are coming together to host screenings of the documentary To Light a Candle, which highlights the Iranian government’s systematic efforts to eliminate the Baha’i faith in that nation. In Eugene, the film will be shown on Thursday, February 26, 7 p.m. at the Lillis Business Complex Room 182 on the UO campus.

Local human rights advocates join panel

Ibrahim Gassama, University of Oregon professor of International and Human Rights Law, and Dan Bryant, senior minister at Eugene’s First Christian Church and Executive Director for Opportunity Village Eugene, will be joining Shiva Sabet and Iraj Kamalabadi for a panel discussion following the screening of Maziar Bahari’s film, To Light a Candle, on Thursday, February 26, 7 p.m., at UO’s Lillis Business Complex.

The documentary film, which draws attention to the systematic efforts of the Iranian government to exterminate the Baha’i faith, focuses on that nation’s barring of Baha’is from higher education. In essence, this eliminates them from having the same prospects as their peers, and condemns them to lives lacking opportunity, lives of increasing hardship.

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