Bahai News -- Baha'i Faith to Feature on the Public Television

Baha'i Faith to Feature on the Public Television
Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Hailed as “one of the most thoughtful and satisfying magazine series on the air” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) and “the best spot on the television landscape to take in a broad view of the spiritual dimension of American life” (Christian Science Monitor), Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly has been breaking ground in news reporting since its national debut on PBS in September 1997. Hosted by veteran journalist Bob Abernethy, the acclaimed series, winner of the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award, covers top stories in religion and ethics news, focusing on significant events, controversies, people and practices in all religions, all denominations and all expressions of faith. Through live reports from the show’s studios in Washington, D.C., and taped reports from the field, the program seeks out leading experts for the essential ideas of each issue and, in a regular feature on “Belief and Practice,” explores the different ways people experience and express their faiths. Newsmakers, scholars, historians, journalists and religious leaders also provide their perspectives on the news, and additional features offer lively and thoughtful views on religion, ethics, culture and society.

"This month, the five million worldwide followers of the Baha'i religion will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the imprisonment of Baha Ullah, a Persian prince whom worshipers believe is the most recent in a long line of divine messengers, including Jesus, Buddha and Muhammad. The religion has its roots in the Middle East and Baha'is are still persecuted in that part of the world today for advocating Baha's Ullah's ideas of racial and gender equality and religious unity.

Judy Valente explores this growing, but little understood religion and its mission -- in the wake of the terrorist attacks last year -- to have America become the spiritual leader in promoting peace. As Juana Conrad of the Baha'i National Assembly explains, "We understand that this is some of the suffering that we're going to have to go through in order for the world to recognize that it is moving on a path that is not appropriate, and so it gives us hope that ... people will begin to look for solutions."

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