Festival of Ideas: The Gathering Sound

The gathering sound: Weaving a tapestry of sacred text, invocations, and poetry from the world’s spiritual traditions, this musical odyssey celebrates humanity’s inter-connectedness.

A concert with Richard Leigh and friends.

3pm  – 4pm, Saturday 25 October
Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1SU

Organised by the Cambridge University Bahá’í Society as part of the Multifaith Series.  Free and open to all. Tickets can be booked here.


Islam in Modernity: Overcoming Barriers Between Faiths

Dr. Khazeh Fananapazir has been engaged in interfaith dialogue since the 1970s, an interest that increased commensurately with the rise of various fundamentalist groups in the ‘70s and ‘80s, especially after 9/11. His research focuses on two pivotal questions:

(1) Is there any way out of the impasses and misunderstandings between faiths and communities?
(2) How can various faith groups work together to achieve unity?

Khazeh believes that there is a way out, and a hundred years ago that way was delineated by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

Friday, 7th February, 7:30-9pm
Harrods Room, Emmanuel College

Dr. Khazeh Fananapazir graduated in Medicine from Oxford University and is now a cardio-thoracic surgeon in Leicester, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. Teaching is one of his passions, and he is much admired and loved by his students. Khazeh has a keen interest in study of the Sacred Books. Fluent in Arabic and Farsi, he has published extensively. He is a lifelong student of the Bahá’í Faith, and in particular its relationship with Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.


Fireside this Saturday with pot-luck dinner: Religion, A Cause of Unity or Disunity?

Dear friends,

The fireside series at my home continues this Saturday, 2 March, 5:30 pm pot-luck dinner + 7 pm talk, with a discussion on the topic, “Religion, A Cause of Unity or Disunity?” We will examine how religion has been a cause of disunity, but at the same time a powerful source of unity contributing to the progress of humanity and civilization.

The 2nd of March is the first day of the fast and I’ve decided to host the firesides on Saturdays during the fast in order to be able to host a pot-luck dinner before hand for those friends who would like to break the fast together as well for seekers who wish to join us. Sunset will be at 5:41 pm. Please let me know if you plan to join for dinner and what you can contribute. I’ll be hosting a following fireside on Saturday, 9th March with the one after that on Saturday, 16 March, at someone else’s home, but details to be confirmed.

All are welcome!

With love,

Fireside series: Intro to the Baha’i Faith

Dear friends,

I will be hosting regular fortnightly, i.e. every two weeks, discussion evenings at my place on Fridays, 8 pm, followed by refreshments. These are open to all and are meant to provide a regular space to learn more about the teachings and principles of the Baha’i Faith and how they relate to current issues in the world. The format will be a short presentation on a topic followed by open discussion. The first one will be this Friday on a general introduction to the Faith.  Here is a list of future fireside topics which is subject to change. Let me know if you’d like to propose a topic or have a particular question(s).

Best wishes,