(Posted October 27, 2008)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The student club United Spiritual Community of Juniata College is sponsoring a commemoration of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i faith, with a lecture, "Who is Baha'u'llah and Why Should I Care?" by Debra Kirchhof-Glazier, professor of biology at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Unity House on the Juniata campus.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Unity House is at 1905 Moore St.

Kirchhof-Glazier, a member of the Baha'i faith and director of the college's health professions program, will talk about the tenets of the faith and tell the story of Baha'u'llah, the prophet and founder of Baha'i.

Born Mirza-Husayn Ali-Nuri (1817-1892), Baha'u'llah believed and taught that humanity is one single race. He also taught that all people should become united in a single global society. He was born in Tehran, Persia (now Iran).

There are more than 5 million Baha'is worldwide. The faith's teachings focus on the connections and history that unify all the world's religions. The Baha'i religion believes that the world's major religious movements came through divine messengers such as Buddha, Jesus, Abraham and Muhammad, and each messenger established a religion that absorbed the teachings of the previous religion. In Baha'i teachings, Baha'u'llah's writings and teachings fulfill the prophesies of the previous scriptures of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Judaism.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.